Apr
3
By Ben Uyeda

EP123 DIY Stone Bench


I bought these 2″ thick slabs of bluestone from my local stone yard that are 1-foot by 5-feet. I put a 7″ diameter diamond blade on my 7 1/4″ circular saw to cut the stone. This project took about 3 hours to make and cost about $120. TOOLS: RYOBI Circular Saw Available at Home Depot […]


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Jan
16
By Ben Uyeda

EP122 Steel Coffee Table


I carved this steel coffee table out of a single piece of a steel wide flange beam W12x53 that was 5’6″ long. The beam weighed about 265lbs and cost about $275. I cut the beam with my angle grinder and used about 12 cutting wheels. A cutting torch would have been faster but this really […]


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Jan
15
By Ben Uyeda

EP121 Geometric Concrete Planters


I made reusable silicone molds out of Mold Star 30 from Smooth On so that I could make a bunch of these geometric concrete planters. I made the originals out of 2x6s from Home Depot. This project took about 4 hours to make and cost around $70. SUPPLIES: Quikrete Countertop Mix in White Home Depot […]


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Dec
5
By Ben Uyeda

EP120 DIY Concrete Backsplash


I made this concrete backsplash to go with the concrete countertops I made using Quikrete countertop mix and Lego bricks. I love how this backsplash shows the texture from the Legos. The Lego bricks were not damaged and I cleaned them in the washing machine. I used the classic Lego bricks to make the mold. […]


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Nov
28
By Ben Uyeda

EP119 DIY Concrete Table with Walnut Inlays


I used 1/8” thick acrylic to mold recess in a white concrete table top that could accommodates pieces of 1/8” walnut. I used a laser cutter to make a geometric pattern inlay but the same concept could be used with hand tools. The white concrete table top has a plywood core and is supported on […]


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Nov
20
By Ben Uyeda

EP118 DIY Plywood Shelves with Smart Home Tech


This DIY plywood shelving system is made out of 3/4″ sanded pine plywood from Home Depot. This system can be modified to fit all sorts of shelving and home office needs but should be fastened to the structural members behind the gypsum board of the wall it is being installed on. This project cost about […]


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Nov
14
By Ben Uyeda

EP117 DIY Secret Garden Writing Desk


I have been thinking a lot about how a space can foster productivity and creativity. I am starting my 2nd book and I asked some of my other writer friends what their ideal space for writing would be. They also suggested a remote environment surrounded by nature like a country house with limited Wi-Fi and […]


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Nov
9
By Ben Uyeda

EP116 DIY Steel Fire Pit


This DIY fire pit is made from 3/8”, 7/16”, and ½” steel rod that I bought from Home Depot. I made a jig out of plywood to hold the pieces of rod at the right angle and then welded them together into a series of hexagonal frames. I made one frame with 22” long sides, […]


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Oct
18
By Ben Uyeda

EP115 Building a Solar Powered Workshop


For my largest project to date I will show you how I built an off-the-grid solar powered workshop using products and materials from Home Depot. I started with a pre-fabricated shed from Tuffshed and added photovoltaic panels and a battery system that would allow me to run power tools as well as lawn and garden […]


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