Wall Shelf with Hooks

Years ago I swore off ironing and bought a garment steamer.¬† I think it’s my lack of patience and general clumsiness that lead me to dislike ironing so much.¬† Somehow I always managed to iron wrinkles in while simultaneously trying to get them out.¬† Ugghh…

Anyway, the steamer we got for our wedding (over 8 years ago) finally quit on us.¬† It had a handy telescoping pole that held our clothes while we steamed them.¬† In an effort to save some money and increase portability, we replaced our original steamer with a travel sized model.¬† We have taken it with us on a few trips (which saved me from having to struggle with a hotel iron ūüėČ ) and so far we’re pretty happy with it-minus one issue.¬† Without the telescoping pole,¬†we don’t have anything¬†to hold our clothes while we steam them. Continue reading

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Parquet Coffee Table

I’m a confident person.¬† I don’t often admit to being scared or nervous about things and I don’t usually shy away from a challenge.¬† I first saw the plans for this parquet table top over a year ago and thought “Wow! That’s beautiful”¬† followed immediately by “Yikes!¬† All those angle cuts¬†look terrifying.”¬† I was scared.¬† I didn’t want to invest time and money into a project that I wasn’t confident in completing to a level of precision that¬†would¬†allow me¬†to proudly¬†place the finished piece in my living room for all to see.

Fast forward 12+ months and several other successful builds.¬† Rogue Engineer posted plans for¬†the Lybrook coffee table that featured a trestle design with an exposed tenon look.¬† It was the perfect base for that parquet top.¬† It was time to let go of fear and worry and give this project everything I’ve got.

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