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 7 – Laptop docking station

One drawback of using a laptop is that the screen tends to be too low causing neck pain.

To address this, I built this docking station to raise the screen level for approximately three inches. It also has a drawer in the front to store a wireless keyboard after use.

Besides, you can use it to read the books or handwriting something as well.


Project 6 : Shaker-style Coat Hanger

I love Shaker style furniture. They are simple but incredible beautiful. I got this design from Steve Ramsey and customized it to suit my own need.

The drawers can be used to store keychains or wallets. However, the other benefit of having the drawers is that they help prevent kids bumping into the hooks. It is a nice safety feature of this design.

I did not make rabbets on all side, so I have to reinforce all joints with screws. I counterbored all screws to make them look neat.

I used this roman-style router bit to do the job. It is a great opportunity to utilize it, since I normally don’t use it as much.

One of the benefits of having drawers is that you can hide the screws that attach the entire piece to the wall.

The color of the complete work is not very consistent. But we don’t have to do anything about it. In six months, the whole shelf is gonna get darker. This is the natural. It is one unique characteristic of Cherry wood.


Project 4 – Japanese Toolbox

I made this Japanese-style toolbox just to store chisels in my own shop.

The most interesting thing about this type of box is the way the lid is being secured. Japanese people creatively came up with a latch mechanism   to lock the lid with the caress nicely. I was so fascinated by it on the first time  I saw.

Watch the video below to see how it work.