Make A Chess Board | A fun DIY project for a chess fan!

Make A Chess Board

Chess fan and a do it yourself type?

If you are a chess player that is handy with some basic woodworking tools and a DIY weekend warrior attitude you can make a chess board with these step by step plans.

Everything that you need to complete this project is laid out in an easy to understand format including a complete materials list, including excellent images to follow along.

If that is not enough there is even a section dedicated to making a storage area for your chess pieces for safe keeping.

So you can keep it simple with just the chess board or build a chess piece storage board!

Wait you don’t have any chessmen?

No worries there is a template and instructions for carving out your own set of wooden chess pieces, so there you have it, step by step instructions and as a bonus storage instructions and chessmen.

This project will not require a lot of time, skill set or that much money, the materials listed can also be substituted with materials that you would rather use or have readily available.

Making the chess board from your own design sense.

You can also stain the board with whatever color you decide, but remember it is a good idea to keep the design and color of your chess pieces in mind when doing so they match up with the board.

After assembly is complete and you have stained the board you can follow the instructions for building a frame around it or design your own frame that will suit your taste and design style by choosing wood that you like.

Enjoying the board game chess.

Chess is amazing board game that is not that difficult to learn how to play but it would take many years of playing to reach the caliber of a Grandmaster Chess Champion.

So you better get started with this project now!

If you would rather just purchase a chess board or get some design ideas go here.

DIY Front Porch Swing

DIY Front Porch Swing

Build your own front porch swing on a budget!

Almost everyone likes the idea of swinging on the front porch, whether it is in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee watching the sunrise or in the evening with your favorite beverage watching the sunset, you can with DIY Front Porch Swing plans.

Even if you don’t have a front porch you can do the same project for your patio area or if you have a pergola, you can also do it for a garden area with a garden swing stand designed specifically for garden swings.

Imagine how nice it would be if you could build the swing yourself for less than fifty dollars! With the plans for a DIY Front Porch Swing you can do that, go to this page to learn more and get started today!

Provide an atmosphere for your family to enjoy!

Just imagine all the fun times you can share with your friends and loved ones on the front porch, like the kitchen it is the next popular spot where family likes to gather and spend time together.

Just think of it you would have bragging rights to the swing because you would build it yourself!

Create new memories with the view of sunrise or sunsets.

Just think of all the new memories you will create with friends or loved ones or just taking time to reflect all by yourself, either way you are creating new memories!

So watch the video below and then head over to shanty2chic for free plans on how to build your DIY Front Porch Swing and start enjoying it today!

There is a complete materials list with step by step instructions so it will be real easy to complete in no time and all of that for less than fifty dollars!

What a great idea and bargain!


Tiny House Hammocks | The ideal relaxing solution for a small space

Hammocks – The ideal solution for the tiny house

Hammocks – The ideal relaxing solution for the tiny house!

There is a huge trend towards downsizing and building tiny houses, people looking for their first home or others that are tired of huge mortgage payments are opting for a tiny house solution.

The tiny house has the advantage of low cost living (in most cases no mortgage or rent) and the ability to move to a new location if there is a job transfer or you are growing tired of your current location.

When you decide on a tiny house and end up with no mortgage (if purchasing with cash) you will have resources for doing other things in life like traveling or tackling a new career move.

This type of living is a lifestyle change and will require careful planning before making the plunge because once you are committed it may not be so easy to turn back.

The disadvantage of tiny house living

The downside to a tiny home is the small footprint, you will need to downsize everything in your life so if it is not necessary then it needs to go, there will be lots of compromising!

The item that takes up the most space is furniture but you will need seating or relaxing options and perhaps an extra bed for guests, usually a large pull out couch is not going to work.

That is where the tiny house hammock comes into play they make an excellent option for chairs by using a hammock chair or a regular hammock for an extra bed or additional seating.

The ideal type is a non-spreader bar hammock would be perfect because they will take up less space.

Another advantage to the hammock solution is when it is not in use you can take it down freeing up more space to move around.

Learn more here.

DIY Outdoor Umbrella Stand

DIY Outdoor Umbrella Stand

Portable shade you can do yourself!

You heard me right that’s all this is “portable shade” and guess what we all can use it! This DIY outdoor umbrella stand is a big “Patio Sized Umbrella” planted in a gargantuan pot, weight added for stability and it’s portable.

Let’s face it there’s days we’s like to be outside on the patio and not get fried in the sun. This portable DIY Outdoor Umbrella Stand accomplishes just that!

Kids can color in shade in the yard, you can enjoy some adult beverages without the worry of Melanoma and life’s a little cooler in this global warming world.

Have it “made in the shade” with this ubber cool DIY  Umbrella Stand

DIY Hammock Stand Plans

DIY Hammock Stand Plans

No trees for your hammock? No problem build your own hammock stand.

Not all of us have towering trees divided at that perfect distance to hang and hold a hammock. If that is the case with you then you need DIY Hammock Stand Plans!

Fact is yes we enjoy our lazy days in the shade! We also crave the days when we can catch some rays and what a better, more relaxing, cooling way than in a hammock!

Solution to the problem?  Review these DIY hammock stand plans or wait 15 to 20 years and grow some trees in your backyard living space?

Hint: go with these DIY hammock stand plans!

This is a permanent piece of outdoor furniture and the design is very attractive sure to be a talking piece, and sometimes used by guests. It’s constructed to never be blow over or blown away (Floridian’s).

Find that perfect spot in your yard with equal rays and shade and get to work on your future ultimate relaxing place, your hammock.

DIY Hammock Stand Plans not your thing? Okay if you prefer you can go here for a quality hammock stand.

DIY Dog House Kit – DIY Wood Doghouse

DIY Dog House Kit

Get A DIY Doghouse For Your Dog!

How does this kit thing work?

You order your kit and when it arrives at your front door you assemble the kit, generally the DIY Dog House Kit consist of seven panels that you can assemble easily with basic tools and very little skill.

Learn more here.

What do I need besides the kit?

You will need an area where you can locate the doghouse that is protected from the elements as much as possible, as an example if you reside in an extreme cold climate it would be wise to locate the dog house in a protected area from the wind.

If you reside in an extreme hot climate it would be ideal to locate it under a shade tree or a patio area so the direct sunlight is not heating it up during the day.

What is the best type of wood kit?

If money is no object then a composite dog house is ideal, however if you have limited funds to spend on a home then the ideal shelter would be a cedar dog house, preferably western red cedar.

Why western red cedar wood DIY Dog House Kit?

It is beautiful wood – The natural beauty of western red cedar features crisp, rich grain and is the preferred wood by many woodworking professionals for all types of designs. Because of the natural oils in the wood it is also resistant to insects and premature rotting.

It plays well with others – Western red cedar is resin and pitch free, meaning it will stain very well and it is readily available in all sizes and shapes.

It is an Eco-Friendly  wood– Unlike some other building products like brick, concrete or other synthetic materials cedar will not generate greenhouse gasses and it is a renewable (if sourced from sustainable managed forests), biodegradable product.

Breathe easy the air is clean

By using real cedar for this doghouse it actually reduces the amount of Co2 (Greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere. During the growing stages, young cedar trees absorb and hold Co2. This Co2 is maintained even through cutting and manufacturing.

Allowing the trees to grow though out their lifespan and become old, as they begin to age and break down, that previously absorbed Co2 begins to release back out into the air.

Won’t Any Cedar Work Just As Well?

What makes western red cedar unique is the tannin oils that throughout the wood, meaning it doesn’t require the high maintenance like other cedars such as the cheaper white or yellow cedar wood.

All wood requires some type of care but the western red will stand up to the elements much longer, a simple application once a year with a wood sealer will ensure your doghouse will last a long time.

Choosing The Right Size Dog House (Courtesy Of

Okay I want a new dog house but what size do I need? There are several obvious considerations when selecting the right size house for your dog.

You will need to consider the height of your dog for the door opening; they need to clear the door when they enter, however it is wise to have the entry as small as possible to help retain heat in the winter or to keep the house cooler in the summer.

So if the entry is approximately three fourths of the length (shoulder to ground) of your dog they can enter comfortably. However this is a guideline you know your dog better than anyone.

Consider your dogs age and more

If your dog is elderly “ducking” (as most dogs do while entering a door) may be difficult and should be taken into consideration.

The next consideration is the width and the length for your dog, again breeds vary as does each dog. Your dog needs to be able to enter the dog house and turn around. Is your dog (gasp) overweight? If so that needs to be taken into consideration.

A guideline that can be used is not having the house more than 25% bigger than your dog. So if your dog is 20 inches in length (nose to flank not including tail) then you may consider a house 25 inches in length & 25 inches in width or a little larger. Again this is a guideline.

Think about the climate you reside in

If you are in a warm climate year round having the house a bit larger is not a problem. On the other hand an over sized house in a harsh winter climate is going to be hard to retain heat.

If you can’t decide, or if you think your dog is in-between sizes it is wise to go to the next size larger, look at it this way if you were buying a mattress would you want your feet hanging over the end?

How tall is tall enough?

Next consideration is the height of the dog house.

The 25% guideline applies here as well so if your dog stands 20 inches from head to toes your house should be approximately 25 inches tall or a little larger.

It is not a problem if the height is more than 25% as long as it does not exceed 50% of your dog’s height.

So there you have some guidelines, if you are still confused watch your dog and the next time they are stretched out on the floor take note of the space they need to be comfortable get a tape measure and measure that area.



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