17: a valet tray for men in the new economy

Men in the new economy bring three and only three things out every morning. So why not create a valet tray to house just these three items.

Trays are the type of storage that are totally visible making them the best way to storage daily items. The tray also comes with a small hole to wire the USB charging cord.


Project 13 : Painting Hanger DIY

Oil paintings can take month to dry completely. It’s a time and space-consuming process.  So, I had to build this painting hanger.

To make it really work for you, it should be able to hold as many paintings as the first one is completely dry before it runs out of space.

I chose to mitre joints them together which is not very strong. As such, I installed dowels to reinforce them.

This thing does help me save a lot of space in my cluttered room.


Project 11: Terrarium DIY

Everytime I set up a terrarium, it never lasts longer than six months without a lot of maintenance. This is the first time that it does. No fungi or mould has been found inside the bottle. I am still wondering why.

Perhaps the environment inside the bottle is simple enough. Maybe it was placed on the right spot in my room having ample light but not direct. Or maybe it has something to do with the temperature.

Anyway, I still can’t not figure it out.


Project 10 : medicine cabinet


Last month I was learning how to make a box with dovetail joints. Now that I have made it, I have to make use of it in some way. So, I decided to turn the box into this medicine cabinet.


In doing so, I have to make the front panel for the dovetailed box. It made of four small pieces of oak glued together to make it like one large panel. Then the hinges and knob were installed, and finally the red cross sign. The entire process was quite simple and straightforward. img_0265

It is essential to have a medicine cabinet or at least some first-aid kits in your woodworking shop. Who knows some day you might need it badly. Woodworking is quite a dangerous hobby. Safety first.


Project 8 – Coriander in my bedroom

Admittedly, I attempted to grow veggies several times but they have never lasted. 

This time I grew Coriander in my bedroom. The vegetable is now popular among Japanese. It is similar to Parsley in terms of usage in which to decorate your dish.

I used no artificial light this time to keep thing simple. I just place it close to the window as much as possible to get natural sunlight. I also covered it with IKEA glass house to prevent insects (just in case).

Next week I should be able to eat it. Everything seems to be working this time round.