How to make an upholstered headboard


Making your own upholstered headboard doesn’t take much time, skill or money. I’ll show you how to go from nothing to fully installed in less than a day. Join me after the jump for a step-by-step explanation and a build video. Our headboard is for a queen sized bed, but making one for a King Size, Double, or Twin Sized bed will be just as easy.

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Built-in desk is better than anything we could buy

When Amanda and I bought a house we were excited to have an office space where I could write posts and work on electronic projects, she could make reeds (as all Bassoon players do), and we both could teach lessons.

At first we just used a couple of small desks that we moved from the apartment. We looked for new desks that would fit the room well, but in the end building a desk that spans the twelve foot long wall was the best decision we could have made. It looks great, works very well, and it was very inexpensive. After the break I’ll show you how to do the same with your office space, and give a little video tour of the finished (and heavily used) project.

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Garage door code button

Behold, I’ve finished building a combination lock for my garage door. I’ve told a few of my friends about it and I get the “you know you can buy those, right?” responses. But no, you can’t. This is a single button code lock for a garage door. I got the idea from Alan Parekh’s project (called Button Code) and decided to build by own based around an ATtiny13 microcontroller. Join me after the break for all the details and remember, if you’re lazy you can always buy a kit that will do this from Alan. Continue reading