Planning a Deck this Summer?

March 17, 2016

As the weather warms up are your thoughts turning towards outdoor activities?  Now is the time to consider adding or rebuilding a deck and having an outdoor entertainment area that can be enjoyed all summer.  Our friends at Houzz have created this great primer on what you need to think about before the first hole

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Create a Spot for Your Scraps to Keep Your Workshop Organized

March 26, 2015
woodworking projects

One of the most important ways to keep your woodwork shop as functional and efficient as possible is to keep it organized. While organizing your tools shouldn’t be too difficult, keeping all of that scrap lumber organized can present a little bit more of a challenge. The following is a way that you can store

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Build Your Own Cocktail Bar at Home

December 28, 2013

Would you like to have your own cocktail bar right in your home, but think you don’t have the room? A vertical cocktail hutch takes up very little floor and wall space and is surprisingly easy to make. The frame of the hutch is fairly simple to create and assemble, and you can install shelves for bottles

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How Different Pieces of Lumber are Cut From the Tree

September 12, 2013

The process of how a tree is most efficiently cut into its constituent boards is one of the most fascinating aspects of the modern sawmill. In the old days, a master carpenter would eye the round side of the log and direct the cuts as each was made. As wood became more and more valuable,

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Get Your Lumber from Schutte Lumber Before Starting Your Project

May 30, 2013

We all know the feeling. You begin a construction problem and something goes wrong. You can’t find the materials you need, a number of boards need to be returned just when it’s time to use them, or the cost begins to skyrocket. You can avoid these potential pitfalls by pre-staging your project and buying your

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Building Your Very Own Wine Rack

February 9, 2013

Any wine lover will know that keeping a large quantity of bottles can lead to problems if you do not have adequate storage. While wine racks are the ideal solution, they can be expensive. Building a wine rack yourself is the perfect, affordable project for any DIY enthusiast. Cut hardwood into four side panels measuring

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Composite Decking: The Real Deal

February 5, 2013

If you’re building a deck and looking at the materials in your favorite Kansas City lumberyard, you should seriously consider using composite decking. It’s beautiful and environmentally friendly. It will save you money and hundreds of hours of maintenance throughout your lifetime. Composite boards are perfect living surfaces for exterior decks, walkways, balconies, porches and stairs.

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Helpful Tips for Winter Deck Care

February 1, 2013

Winter weather means no more outside parties on your deck, at least for the season. Unfortunately, the harsh cold and wet weather can also mean damage to your deck, if it’s not properly treated and cared for. HGTV offers helpful tips to keeping your deck protected through the winter. Clean Thoroughly Dirt stains, mold, and mildew all

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How to Build a Wooden Garage Storage Wall

December 28, 2012

One of the most valuable aspects of a home is ample storage space, and installing wooden shelving in your garage is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to add extra storage space to your home.  By adding wooden shelving in your garage, you will be amazed at the amount of floor space that

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Give Your Bedroom a New Look With a Wooden Headboard

December 26, 2012

Since the average person spends one third of his life asleep, it’s a good idea to put some attention to detail in the bedroom.  One of the first things that people notice when they walk into a bedroom is the bed itself, so let’s start there.  We recently discussed how to build an upholstered headboard,

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