Another awesome spice rack

Nov 17, 2012 by

Awesome reader Jill sent me this picture of her latest project based on my spice rack

I think it turned out even better than mine!  I love seeing all those spices in a row under the cabinet.  Great job Jill and thanks for sharing!

If you want to free up some cupboard space with all those spices and make something awesome, check out the step by step guide.


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My Beautiful New Closet Door

Aug 5, 2012 by

I’ve been wanting to show this one off for a while, but my hard drive crashed and took all of my files with it so its taken me a couple weeks to get a new hard drive installed and all my files backed up.  But with that all behind me I can finally show off my latest project that I completed.

This is our hall closet and it used to have a terribly ugly closet door.  I had always wanted to put something else in there, but never knew what.  Then I got an idea to do a hanging style barn door and thus this project came to be.

I wanted to use reclaimed wood as I wanted an older look to it.  All of the wood was from old fences and I got it for free from a fencing company that was just throwing it way.

My dad was down for a visit so he helped me build the door.  I am also very lucky and have a neighbor that has all the woodworking tools that I don’t have.  Here I am planing the boards.

Here are all the pieces of the frame, railing and hangers being painted.  I was going to buy the hardware to hang the door, but then I looked at the prices.

The prices for a door like this run around $1000 and up.  The price just for the hangers start at $300 and up.  So I built my own.

So all in total the door cost be about $50 but a lot of time cleaning up the old wood boards.  But it came out beyond awesome and I love looking at it every time I walk down the hallway.

So there is my new door.  I’m very proud to show it off and very happy with how it came out.



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TSA #30 – Start a Project

Jun 12, 2012 by

Time for projects.  I love projects.  I love making stuff.  I love having an idea or getting inspired and creating something from it.  Now that summer is almost here and there is more daylight I feel like I have more time for projects.

My dad got a new car and decided to drive it down to visit us this past weekend so I wrangled him into helping me with a new project (as I always do). I wanted to replace our hall closet door as its very white, has a flowery glass thing in it, and is just very ugly over all.  So I had a great idea for a sliding barn door type of door to go there.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and finally got started on it this past weekend with my dad.

The plan was to build the door and then buy the hardware for the sliding mounting part.  Well as some Google searches revealed, the prices for that hardware started out at $350 and just went up from there.  No thanks.  So I set out to build the whole thing.

We went out, got the metal, got some wood and set out to build the door and the hardware to mount it.  We got pretty far, but have not finished it yet.  I’ll post some pictures of the final product when its done, but the point is, go out and start some projects.  Get on some fun sites like Pinterest to get some cool ideas for projects and just start.  That is your Truly Simple Action for this week.

Also share your cool project ideas in the comments below.  I love to get inspired by people making cool stuff.


TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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Do big scary things

Jul 28, 2011 by

I finally started working on my project car again the other day.  I get caught up in work or home projects and haven’t been working on the car much lately.

I’m working on building a 1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite, but with A LOT of custom modifications.  Pretty much everything will be custom made on this one.

And that freaks me out.

But its OK. Actually its good.  I think everyone needs to have at least one big scary project going on at any given time.  We need to stretch ourselves beyond our limits.  No one should live inside their comfort zone.

This project keeps me on my toes and learning as I go because on many aspects of it, I really don’t know exactly what I’m doing.

My previous project car. So much fun to drive

I can work on cars, and fix most things, and I’ve even built a car before, but that was more of a restoration and not a complete custom build like this one.

yes this engines is WAYYYY too big for this car. but thats the point.

This one I’m going a little crazy and installing an engine that should have no place in a car like this.  Because I’m doing that I am then going to have to completely design and fabricate a new front end and rear end suspension system.  And I don’t even want to think about the electrical wiring on this thing yet.

And that’s where I lose my motivation.  Thinking about all of the things I “don’t know” or all of the things that lay before me in the project.

But then when I stop, and just work on the next thing that needs to be done, it all goes away.

I move forward.  I make progress.  I get things done.

And then I can look back and see that I’ve already rebuilt and fitted this engine that would not, should not fit inside this car.

I’ve modified it from a transfers to rear wheel drive engine by fitting a different transmission on there.

I created my own motor mounts to make this fit. etc

Big scary projects are big, and scary.  Its easy to get bogged down in all of the details and thousands of things you need to do.  Sometimes its hard to know what to do next.  For me its important to try to break it down into areas or steps and just try to keep moving forward.  Forward momentum helps make it seem not so scary.  Seeing progress helps.  Also looking back at all the work you’ve done is also very helpful.  Another trick that helps is getting a friend to come over and work with you.  Getting that extra energy and momentum from a friend can help keep you going when you get stuck or just lose motivation to keep going.

I think everyone needs a big scary project in their lives.

What is your big scary project?  Let me know in the comments below.


P.S. for my 1AW for weeks 28 and 29, since I didn’t post last week, are some misc car parts from this project.  When I took on this project I actually bought two cars.  One was the shell of the Austin Healey, the other was a Ford Taurus from which I got the engine and everything else that came with it.  I’ve parted out the Taurus, but kept some parts I thought I’d use.  I’ve since been slowly getting rid of those parts I haven’t needed them.  Saving some space in my garage and making some cash on craigslist at the same time.

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