Wilker Do's

I was made to be a do it yourselfer. I am not a professional, or have any training, but I love making things myself so I’m trying to learn as I go. This is a DIY blog where I show my finished projects and give instructions if they don’t exist, and my advice as a novice if they do. Be warned: I don’t take professional looking photos, and I’m dyslexic so the spelling and grammar could be better. Enjoy!

Friday, October 10, 2014

DIY Hanging Lanterns

Even before I had my framed mirror complete, I knew I would build something to go on either side of it. However, I thought I would do a nice wall mounted planter. I played around with that idea for a week or two and couldn’t come up with anything I loved (everything I would have loved would require me to have a lathe) so instead I got the idea to make some lanterns. Check out how they came out!
You can watch a video of me building them here:

Friday, October 3, 2014

DIY End Table

Even though I just built a table for my entryway, I decided to build a second one for this corner because it was just too bare for my liking. Here is how it turned out!
Check out a video of the build process here:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

DIY Fall Pumpkin Decorations

Today I did a fall themed collaboration with Linn over at Darbin Orvar. We both would really like to see more women get their hands on some tools, so we each put together a simple tutorial on a fall decoration to give you some inspiration for picking up a tool and making something. I made the pumpkin decorations below. They are extremely simple and don't require a lot of tools. Linn made a beautiful, rustic Fall sign from fence wood; you can check it out here.
The thing I love about these pumpkins is they don't have to be perfect. They are also a great project to get your kiddos involved as well.       

Here is a video showing the build process:

I am using a scrap piece of 3/8" plywood that I had laying around my shop, however anything will work great for this project. 1/2", 1/4", even fence wood or pallet wood!

1) I started off by cutting strip of 3". I used my jigsaw just to show that you don't need a shop full of tools to get a project done. : ) I set up a temporary fence using a scrap straight piece of wood.
2) Once I had a few strips cut I then started on cutting the individual pieces. I made the two longest pieces 6" (the middle two) and then stepped down 1/2" each layer until I got to 3 1/2". So I have 12 boards total for each pumpkin.
Note: at this point, my niece asked if she could join me in the shop and I said "heck yeah!"
3) With everything cut, I brought out my wood glue and we started gluing them together. We used paint cans to add some weight while they were drying.
4) To make a stem I grabbed some of the cut offs and used my jigsaw to cut pieces that were around 3/4" wide and 1 1/4" tall. Then we glued two of these pieces together to create one stem.
5) Next we put on a coat of primer.
6) Then once that was dry, we put on a coat of paint. I love the look of white pumpkins so I made a few white, then my niece wanted to make a few the classic orange. We also played around with different stem color combos as well. : )

7) Once the paint was dry, we used the wood glue again to glue the stems on. (Putting small paint cans on top to add weight while they dried)
And that's it! Such a cute project but they go together so easily and quickly. I think I'll make a few more and pass them out as gifts to my women co-workers.
Both Linn and I would love to see what you make this fall season, so please share with us what you end up making! You can use the hashtag #womaninwoodworking on any of the social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or YouTube.

Don't forget to go check out Linn's project! She made an awesome Fall rustic sign from fence pickets. You can see her video here!

Friday, September 19, 2014

DIY Window Pane Mirror

Still working on decorating my entry way, I remembered that I had two giant mirrors that I purchased at a garage sale about three years ago for $5. I figured it was about time to put one of them to use, so I turned it into this!
Oh my goodness....I really really love this. If you want to turn a mirror into a window look-a-like then  I suggest looking around on Google to see different design ideas. The ones that really caught my eye were the arched mirrors, but since I had a square one laying around I made my arch fake. Last week was faux drawers, this week it's a faux arch....I don't want to hear it. : )

Here is a video showing the build process:

Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY Entryway Table

So after putting board and batten in my entryway, I decided to build a simple entryway table.
Now anybody who has been following my channel knows I think drawers and cabinets are a trap. They sound like a good idea, but in the end they are only good for clutter and junk. So instead of making drawers for my table, I made faux drawer faces.

Here is a video showing the build process:

Monday, September 8, 2014

DIY Board and Batten Wainscoting

There was nothing wrong with my entry way, I just thought it was a little bland and I thought board and batten wainscoting would really liven it up some. However, instead of buying big panels of wainscoting I decided to make my own. Check it out!
Here is a video showing the process of the build:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

DIY Hardware Storage

While I was cleaning my shop last week, I realized just how much hardware I was acquiring and also that I didn’t have a dedicated spot for any of it to go. I decided to take some time and build something to fix that problem. Note: I know that some of my readers are more into DIY crafts, this would also make for a great way to organize craft supplies. You could put the unit on a lazy susan if it is going to go in a carpeted area, and it can sit in the corner and rotate around just like a jewelry display.

Here is my newly built hardware storage cart:
Then here is a video showing the build process: