Indoor D I Y Projects

  • Art of Coloring Wood

    The Art of Coloring Wood removes any and all intimidation of working with chemicals and dyes and is the perfect entry point for anyone looking to move on from simple stains to learn the art of colouring wood for dramatic effect.

    • Focuses on the six popular woods (maple, quartersawn white oak, mahogany, walnut, cherry and alder) and outlines the unique characteristics with regard to colouring each
    • Outlines the supplies needed, including brushes, sandpaper and much more
    • Easy-to-follow and engaging chapters on the different chemicals and dyes that will make your woodworking shine
    • Recipes, insights and many "a-ha!" moments make learning about chemicals and dyes both fascinating and within easy reach
    • Helpful sidebars offer tips, mistakes, and countless nuggets of information

  • Art of Woodburning

    Daniel Wright's uses easy-to-follow step-by-step photographs and unique projects to demonstrate many exciting methods and traditional ways of woodburning to create myriad patterns, pictures and motifs including landscapes, trees, flowers, animals and buildings.

    Information is included on the types of wood to use, how to prepare surfaces, working with the grain and enhancing designs. He goes on to illustrate shading and faux marquetry, and there's a section on using photographs and sketches to produce your own designs. With each new technique, a project is introduced to help you learn and explore your new skill from burning your own chessboard to a stunning fairytale stool design for your little one's bedroom.

    Finally, advice and demonstrations are provided on decorating old wooden objects, revitalizing much-loved pieces by working patterns into their worn, textured surfaces. This book will inspire, entertain and instruct you, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced pyrographer.

    Look inside the book.

  • Bathroom Ideas That Work
    The bathroom you've always dreamed of starts here! Over 350 ideas covering a range of bathroom styles and sizes plus top-notch design advice combine to make this an ultimate sourcebook.

    Inside you will learn how to make smart choices about what you really want in a bathroom plus options for how to combine everything you love to create a room that works for you. Including planning your bathroom, layouts that work, fixtures, tubs and showers, floors, walls, and ceilings, lighting, heating and cooling, storage solutions and finishing touches.
  • Black & Decker Complete Guide to Walls and Ceilings

    The Complete Guide to Walls & Ceilings gives you all the information you need to understand and maintain structural integrity, while reimagining and remodelling visible surfaces to meet your home decor needs.

    All the essentials of framing walls and ceilings are shown with step-by-step photos in exhaustive detail, including framing window and door openings. Includes tips and techniques for hanging and finishing drywall on horizontal and vertical surfaces the correct way. Choosing and applying wallcoverings is also covered as well as the final step in your wall or ceiling project: installing trimwork – baseboard, crown moulding, door and window trim and much more.

  • Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Bathrooms 5th Edition

    This fifth edition of Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Bathrooms covers all the bases when it comes to bathroom remodelling. From freshening up decor to a down-to-the-studs remodel, all of the information you need to design the job and do the work yourself is right here.

    Through step-by-step photography and instructions, you'll see how to update lighting, ventilation, flooring, surfaces, cabinetry, toilets, bathtubs and accessories. This comprehensive buyer's guide takes you through one of the most important steps in any remodelling project, and a complete and up-to-the minute section on bathroom design provides education and inspiration.

    This new edition also includes updated information explaining how to remodel or re-imagine your bathroom to better meet the needs of aging in place, with projects that conform to Universal Design Standards.

  • Complete Guide to Flooring
    This third edition of a classic favourite includes time-honored installation methods and features new flooring styles and important new information on renewable flooring materials, such as bamboo, reclaimed floorboards and natural stone. It also includes the latest techniques for polished and etched concrete flooring.

    The bonus DVD includes 50 minutes of real-time demonstration of crucial layout and installation techniques, as well as the entire print edition in digital form.
  • Complete Guide to Windows and Entryways
    All the info that's needed ensure that the entry points to your home serve all your needs.

    Step directions for installing & maintaining all types of doors & windows found in today's homes. Updated projects with colour photos featuring modern materials like fibreglass doors & insulated glass window units. Egress windows, garage doors, bay windows, replacement windows, patio doors, etc.

    Design info that's practical & inspiring.
  • DIY to the Rescue
    Whether you're interested in a major remodel or only a little renovating, you only need to equip yourself with the tools and supplies listed and follow the clear step-by-step colour photos and directions to successfully to patch a tile floor, remove a closet, glaze walls, install crown moulding, strip wallpaper, add a wall organising system, repair a concrete pond, eliminate drafts, and more.
  • DVD Basic Stairbuilding

    At long last, a master carpenter shows you how to assemble stairs that are solid and attractive. Whether you need to build three steps up to a deck or a full flight to your second floor, this one-on-one tutorial with Scott Schuttner takes the guesswork out of going up and down. You are right there as Schuttner shows how to build two common staircases: a straight-run stair with plywood treads and risers (to be covered with carpeting) and an L-shaped stair with housed oak treads and risers.

    You'll discover how a pro troubleshoots and corrects problems, as well as how to:

    • Calculate and mark the rise and run for any length stair
    • Position carriages to accommodate drywall and skirtboards
    • Fasten sturdy treads and risers so they never squeak
    • Anchor shopmade newel posts, balusters and handrail

    Duration: 60 minutes

  • DVD Installing Doors & Windows

    Whether you just want to add some light to a room or need to hang doors and windows on a job site, you'll find Tom Law's methods and trade secrets invaluable. And Law doesn't ignore problems. In one part of the DVD, he intentionally creates a door-hanger's nightmare, then shows you how to save the installation.

    By watching Law you'll learn how to:

    • Square up and secure an opening window in minutes
    • Set and seal an insulated glass unit in a custom-built frame
    • Shim and plumb a prehung exterior door so it won't sag
    • Size an interior door blank to fit within a site-built frame
    • Make a simple template to align and rout hinge mortises

    DVD Duration: 60 minutes

  • DVD Installing Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops

    If you're replacing your tired kitchen cabinets or are planning to install a new kitchen, this video workshop is a must. With the camera beside him the whole way, master carpenter Tom Law transforms a bare farmhouse addition into a modern country kitchen, complete with floor-to-ceiling pantries and a large island counter.

    You'll learn how to:

    • Hang upper cabinets
    • Fit cabinets to uneven walls and floors
    • Position a lazy Susan corner cabinet
    • Clamp and screw cabinets tightly together
    • Create an attractive L-shaped island
    • Set and seam a Corian countertop

    You'll also visit a 'top shop' to see how a pro makes a simple plastic-laminate countertop, complete with sink cutout and backsplash.

    Duration: 48 minutes

  • DVD: Wood Flooring with Charles Peterson

    Traditional strip flooring, measuring 2 to 3 inches wide, remains the single most popular choice among homeowners. Solid hardwood has a timeless sense of beauty; it lends a natural warmth and comfort to a room. It’s easy to clean and maintain and adds more value to a home than any other flooring choice on the market.

    In this DVD, wood flooring expert Charles Peterson covers the step by step installation of a wood strip floor, walking readers through the complete process, from prepping through to layout, installation, sanding, and finishing.

    DVD Duration: 60 minutes

  • Handmade

    In an era when there are countless competing claims on one's attention, how does one find the internal focus to be creative? For master furniture craftsman Gary Rogowski, the answer is in the act of creative work itself. The discipline of working with one's hands to create unnecessarily beautiful things shapes the builder into a more complete human being.

    Handmade is a profound meditation on the eternal value of manual work, creativity, human fallibility and the stubborn pursuit of quality work. Rogowski tells his life story of how he became a craftsman and how years of persistent work have taught him patience, resilience, tolerance for failure and a love of pursuing beauty and mastery for its own sake.

    Part autobiography, part guide to creativity and part guide to living, Handmade is a book for craftspeople, artists and anyone who seeks clarity, purpose and creativity in their work – and it's the perfect antidote to a modern world that thinks human labour is obsolete.

  • How to Make Workbenches & Shop Storage Solutions
    Everything a woodworker needs to know about building a workbench, making outfeed tables for shop machines, making work tables and assembly tables, storage cabinets for tools, materials, supplies.

    Bonus: Build like an aircraft engineer, super-flat and strong with a torsion box workbench, assembly table and alignment beams.

  • Installing & Finishing Drywall
    For the best results on any dry wall project your planning, refer to this guide that includes hundreds of photographs and drawings in colour.

    With up to date detailed information on building codes, installation, finishing tools and techniques. And learn how to estimate materials, find and correct defects, texture and decoration, and how to use a dry wall for a range of other applications, such as reducing sound.
  • Modern Guide to Knifemaking

    In A Modern Guide to Knifemaking, celebrated survivalist Laura Zerra provides you with step-by-step instructions on making your own knives.

    We all use a knife almost every day, but for Laura her very life often depends on the blade she takes with her into the wild. She's learned about what works and what doesn't, what steel will hold an edge and what nuances in blade design will make or break a knife. She shares all the tips and tricks she's learned to make her own knife, including step-by-step instructions for both forging and stock removal.

  • Plan - Toy High Chair

    This lovely toy high chair allows the little mother to safely feed her doll at feed time. The chair can also be used to showcase dolls for sale and is also suitable for medium-sized teddy bears.

    Basic Tools

    • Drill
    • Hand saw
    • Drill bits
    • Sand paper
    • Rasp
    • Band saw or jig saw

    Recommended Tools (for A Quicker job)

    • Radial arm saw
    • Bench drill
    • Belt & flat Sander
    • Router
    • Table saw

  • Plan Rocking Chair

    Full sized patterns, simply cut out with scissors, lay on the timber and trace. Each piece tells you which way the grain goes, timber selection, finishing, symbols for types of holes in easy step-by-step written and illustrated format, with metric and imperial instructions.

    Features: 72cm long x 73cm high for 2 to 5 year olds

    Tools Required: drill & bits, jigsaw or bandsaw, handsaw, sandpaper, wood file

  • Plan-Medium Rocking Horse
    The Instruction Book is your step-by-step guide to assembly, carving and finishing... and detailed full size Plan Sheet for the large Bow Rocker. Plans of the stand included. More than 35 coloured illustrations
  • PVC Pipe Book

    Put that spare PVC pipe to work with more than 50 inventive, step-by-step projects that yield tough and durable storage, furniture, gardening, toys and much more! With a few simple fittings, common home-improvement store PVC pipe can be treated much like building blocks! It can be engineered in new ways for DIY projects that prove useful indoors and outside.

    Step-by-step instructions, parts lists and photographs of completed projects make sure you will have fun and love the results of your work. Projects range from simple creations like chicken feeders and waterers, to much more complex builds like a rolling workshop table. For anyone who needs some insight and a few tips on working with PVC, the author covers all the basics as well as finishing techniques.