DIY Project Galore!

Hey everybody!

I have slowly been working on a few DIY Projects every once in awhile. Some involve pallets and some involve some old window panes. I have a bunch of pallets saved up from some of our jobs, which I am splitting with my brothers.  Majority of the pictures are pictures I got off the internet, with the exception of the ones below and the pallet Christmas tree. This blog is pretty much, summing up the numerous DIY Projects that I am working on at the moment (which is a lot). I’m going to spend a few hours this weekend cutting the wood off some of the pallets and gathering up a bunch of the pallet wood to keep at my house for when it comes time to put it together. I’m trying to decide between some more pallet book/DVD/wine rack or making a few more of the coffee cup holders which I’ll show you both below. I’m also going to grab a few of the whole pallets that are in decent condition for a project, which is listed below.

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Another pallet project, that I’ve been working on is a coffee cup holder. I’m almost done with that besides getting the lettering to spray paint coffee on the front of it. I made it wide enough to get it into 2 studs. If I can’t find a stud, however, I’ll just use some zip-its. Which, by the way, come in handy so many times at home and on the job site. Some hold up to 80 lbs (probably even more). Which is plenty for a coffee cup holder. I may add some more hooks to it before putting it up on the wall. I’m not exactly sure though. I don’t want to make it crowded.

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One of my window pane projects that I’m wanting to work on is a mirror box table using the pane as the lid. I think it’ll come in handy with a bunch of family pictures and heirlooms that have been given to me. My great grandfather gave me one of his harmonica, pocket knife, small bible, and a little booklet with a bunch of different knots in it and how to tie them. I got a picture of my grandpa when he was about my age. I got a ring from my father. The list goes on and on. I think it would be really neat though to build something to store all of it in. Unfortunately, I haven’t even begun working with the table. All that I’ve gotten done so far is sanding down the window pane. Something similar to the picture below with a few differences.

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Another window pane project that I’m working on, which I think I will finish first, is just a simple window pane repainted and thread run across it with clothes pins to hold pictures on it. It would be really awesome with all the adventures that I take each year, to be able to hang my favorite pictures up. Maybe even the tickets and anything else that I find memorable. Something similar to the picture below.

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With Halloween fast approaching as well as the Fall season finally here (Holla!). I’m going to post a few of the ideas that I am working on at the moment. Once I finish a few of them, I’ll post a DIY on how to do them. Most of them are pretty simple. It’s just tough finding time to work on them. Hard to balance work, working out, as well as my other hobbies. I’m always tired or sore.

On a side note, I’m trying to get more organized in my life, at my house, and with all my other hobbies (I got a bunch). I’ve gone through some of my kitchen cabinets, drawers in my room, and closets. I got to do the garage, attic, spare bedroom, office, and few other kitchen cabinets left. I got a ton of boxes of decorations upstairs in the attic. I think my cousin, Brendan is going to move in with me. I need to get a few things straight before he starts moving boxes over.  Perhaps, I’ll do a blog post about organization?

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Back to the DIY blog. I found this really cool idea that you can flip around for 2 different seasons. One side is a scarecrow for Fall, the other side is a snowman for Christmas. This is definitely something that I am interested in making. Which, I have a feeling once I make any of these that my mother is going to want me to make her a few of these. Speaking of making things for my mom, I made her one of these for her and I plan on making a few of them for people. If I get lucky enough to get a few decent looking pallets, I might make some, sell them, and donate the money to a charity of some sort. Perhaps take the money and buy some toys to donate to my church to give away. I’ll figure it out once the time comes.

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I think the overall moral of this DIY blog is very simple, finish one project before moving to the next project. Haha! I need to focus on one thing. I always have a million things going on in my mind between work, fitness, life in general, blog posts (I have about 5 saved that I have been working on), as well as so many other things. Anyways, if anyone has any questions about making any of these DIY projects, just message me and let me know. Within the next week or so, you should be able to expect another DIY project with some of the finished projects in it. Later this week, I will be posting another post. Super excited for everyone to see! Have a great night and a great week!

Also,  a very special thanks to Allison Fryer for letting me get a few of the window panes! You are beyond awesome!

“Find three hobbies you love: one to make money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.”

Psalm 91

DIY Projects!

DIY Salmon Ladder

So I had a few people ask me how I made this. It was relatively easy. I had my brother (Clayton), come over to help me with a few pieces of it. I was originally only going to do the Salmon Ladder, however, I saw a picture of someone who made a pegboard to go with it. I couldn’t resist making one for myself (picture at the bottom). Which, by the way, brand new respect for anyone who can do that. I’ve been trying for a few weeks now and I can barely do it, I guess I haven’t built up enough muscle to do that yet.

I’m going to break this down for y’all by listing the materials you need then the directions for building it.

Materials:

  1. 3 inch screws
  2. Drill and drill bits
  3. 2×6 (1 at least 6 ft long)
  4. 2×4’s (6 at least 8 ft long)
  5. 6×6 (2 of them 12 ft long)
  6. Liquid Nail (2 or 3 bottles)
  7. Post-hole diggers
  8. Shovel
  9. Saw
  10. Tape measure
  11. Levels (4 ft and 6 ft levels)

Directions:

Step 1: Pick a spot in your yard, field, or wherever you want to put it. I chose a spot toward the back right corner of my yard. It’s kind of in the shade during different parts of the day (reason I chose it).

Step 2: Measure out the distance ( I went with 3.5 ft apart for the sides (6×6’s) going up) and mark it to dig with the post-hole diggers. I say you need a shovel cause a post-hole digger isn’t going to give you the width that you need for the 6×6’s. Might have to use your hand too to claw out some dirt. The important thing is to dig down at least 2 ft. I did this because I wanted to make sure it was deep enough to be sturdy…ish.

Step 3: May require some help. Stick the 6×6’s in the holes. Use the level on the sides to level it up while you put dirt in the hole. You could also get a concrete mixing bag and mix up some concrete in there to keep it from moving. I didn’t do this because I’m gonna move out this house and whoever moves here next might not like the salmon ladder in the yard (Haha!). I wanted to make it relatively easy for them to demo it. I instead used rock and dirt. The rocks keep it from moving. Take the 6 ft level and go across the 6×6’s to make sure they line up right.

Step 4: Cut some 2×4’s down into pieces around 6 inches with a 35 degree angle on one side. You need these for the bar to catch on as you jump up. You need however many you want to use for your height. I went with 1 ft from the top. Spaced around 7 or 8 inches apart. So I got 4 on there I can jump too. I think on American Ninja Warrior they are spaced about a 1 ft apart? Maybe next one I build I will do that.

Step 5: After getting the marks for the 2×4 pieces. Take the liquid nail and put on the back side of it and screw on the mark with 3 screws. The liquid nail will offer some extra support cause you come down pretty hard sometimes on them.

Step 5: At the very top, take the 2×6 cut across both the 6×6’s as a cross support to hold both together.

Step 6: I went with a black iron pipe from Lowes to use. It’s kinda heavy. Maybe I’ll switch to something a little lighter. The first thing I used the pipe was bending pretty good in the middle. Kind of made me feel like it was going to break so I switched to something a little more thicker for more support.

Step 7: If you poured the concrete then I don’t think you need some supports coming off the bottom. However since I didn’t, I cut some 2×4’s with an angle and took some concrete pins to hammer in ground for a little more support to keep it from rocking back and forth.

I hope everyone enjoys this post as well as enjoys using their salmon ladder! It’s so much fun. Every day, I’m out there using it for my daily pull-ups. It’s a great feeling going out there and being able to say, “Hey I built that.” If I could do anything differently I would figure out some way to catch the bar in case I miss. I had an accident where I knocked myself in the forehead and nose. Maybe gave myself a mild concussion? Didn’t go to the doctor. Bled a bunch though. Anyways, don’t discourage you from trying this! It is so much fun!

Thanks to everyone for the read! I hope everyone enjoys it!

– Daulton

“Keep your eyes on your goals. While everyone is partying, you’re giving everything you got to transform your dreams into reality.”

DIY Projects! Fitness

DIY Fire pit!

So I did this fire pit last week, I had help from my mom and dad (thanks guys!). I figured I would do a blog on it in case someone wanted to do their own. I think all in all it took a total of 6 hours (roughly)? I did 2 and a half hours alone by myself on March 29th. The next day, my mom and dad came over and helped for the remaining 3.5 hours. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any step by step pics of what I did. Hopefully, I describe it well enough for everyone to be able to do it themselves.

List of everything I used/needed:

  1. Roll of String
  2. Can of Marking Paint
  3. A Pin To Hammer in Ground
  4. Shovel
  5. Sledgehammer
  6. Flower Bed Border
  7. Landscaping Pins (should be right next to the flower bed border)
  8. Bags of Stone
  9. Block
  10. 4ft Level
  11. Torpedo Level
  12. Black Spray Paint (High Heat)

The first step is to pick a spot in your yard. I got a few trees in the yard, I wanted to get it far enough from a tree but still be kinda further back away from the house. The next step is to stick a pin of some sort in the ground and tie a string around it. I used a piece of rebar about 2 ft long. Then, you need to figure out how far out you want the fire pit to be (I did mine 15 inches out from the pin). Measure out from the pin, and you need to tie a knot around the can of marking paint at the length you want it to be. After you sprayed that circle, go out as far as you want for the rock bed (I put rock down as a safety precaution to flying embers). I think I went out close to 2 ft from the fire pit, to give plenty of room to stand and keep fire from spreading to grass.17661752_229233887551258_3049280055487234048_nThe next step is to take a shovel and dig the grass out in the circle. I say do this cause once you put the block in and you make a fire you’ll be making it on dirt instead of grass (did this as a safety precaution). Take the 4ft level and sit it on the dirt to make sure the ground is pretty level, once you clear out the grass and any other things in the way. May need to spray the circle again at this point since the next step would be to start laying the block. A lot of people have said the block I used is different, which it is. The block was from a job that I demoed, where the block was used to raise up a big restaurant freezer off the ground. These were kinda hard to figure out how to lay. I don’t know if you can see in the pic or not but there’s a gap between each block. Leaving the crack was the only way to get them to look right. Which, I think will help out with as low as it is to the ground. I’m thinking with the wind blowing, it’ll help get oxygen to the fire.

After you set each block, just take the torpedo level to make sure each block is level. Once you get the first row done, take the 4 ft level and see if it’s level across the fire pit. If not, it shouldn’t be hard to add/remove dirt if needed. Then, add the next row of block and repeat until you get it the desired height you want. (Optional) After I was done setting the block, I decided to take a can of spray paint to make the appearance of the fire pit a little nicer. In my head, I thought it would look good having it black then having white stone underneath it (turned out beautiful in my opinion!). It’s up to you if you want to spray paint it though. Whether or not you spray paint it, the next step would be to put the flower bed border down. I took the easy way and didn’t dig into the ground any. Instead, I took pins and put them to the inside and outside to form the circle (used a total of 16). The final step would be to take the bags of rocks and start cutting pouring them out in the circle. You can take a rake and rake them around, I just used my boots and hands.

And there you have it folks! You’ll be ready for summer nights with this fire pit! I got the yeti cooler, now just need to fill it up! If you have any questions about the directions or materials needed. Feel free to message me on here! I’ll be happy to answer any questions! This was a fun project, I’ll be doing a few more in the weeks to come. I’ll make sure to get plenty of step by step pics! Thanks everyone! Hope you have a great day!

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell
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