Sideboard Hutch for the Dining Room

In the next few weeks, I will be designing and building a hutch for the dining room in our home. My wife has an old upright piano that she has had since she was 12 years old that no longer works. It is now just taking up space, so we decided to disassemble the piano and use as much of the wood and other items as possible in the design of the new hutch.

When I can get it moved to the shop, I’ll start dissassembling the piano and measuring the parts in preparation for the design of the new hutch. Stay tuned for that process and as always, thank you for stopping by MVB Crafts.

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Havahart Traps

Havahart TrapsWhen I was eight years old, I somehow got my hands on a popular mechanics magazine. In the back, in the advertising section, I saw an ad for Havahart traps, so I wrote for a catalog. I can still remember the thrill I felt when that catalog arrived.

About a year later, I was able to save up enough money to order one of the small traps and there began my fascination with live-catch animal traps. I could capture wild animals, keep them for “pets” for a while and then release them unharmed. For fifty years, Continue reading

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How to Build a Chicken Coop – Positioning Your Coop

How to Build a Chicken CoopThanks for sticking with me over the last while and learning more about the various factors needed to successfully learn how to build a chicken coop. Today’s topic, positioning your coop, is another very important one you must pay attention to because like the others, it will have a direct influence over how many eggs your chickens lay and therefore, how happy you are overall with the results of your chicken coop.

This topic is where you should be placing your chicken coop. Selecting the perfect spot on your yard to place Continue reading

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How to Build a Chicken Coop – Protecting Your Chickens

How to Build a Chicken CoopIn the first three posts of How to Build a Chicken Coop, you were given some basic information on the ‘musts’ for building a chicken coop. This includes choosing the best type of coop for your preferences in the first place, choosing the correct materials that will enable you to keep costs down, and then how to build a chicken coop that will last for years to come.

All of these are vital so that you’re fully satisfied with the chicken house you build and don’t spend any more money than you absolutely have to.

Now it’s time to move on and take a look at what you must do in order to keep your chickens protected. Again this is a key element that must be taken care of Continue reading

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How to Build a Chicken Coop – Building a Coop That Will Last

How to Build a Chicken CoopIn the first two posts on How to Build a Chicken Coop, we’ve covered the types of chicken coops you can build and the different building supplies that you should think about, it’s time now to look at building a coop that will last and what you should be doing in order to maintain the structural integrity of your chicken coop.

One problem that many people do run into is that they build their chicken coop and do a decent job at it, but the only problem is that the way they have built it does not stand up over the long run. Gaining a better understanding of the construction process and exactly what’s needed to build a coop that lasts will ensure that the money you spend is worth it. Continue reading

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How to Build a Chicken Coop – Keeping Your Costs Down

How to Build a Chicken CoopIn the last post in the series, How to Build a Chicken Coop, I talked about the different factors you should think about when trying to determine the type of chicken coop you want to build.  This is important because, before you go ahead with the building process, you will want to be sure you’re getting some key factors right so you build what is required to meet your needs.

Today I’d like to talk a little more specifically about the building materials for your chicken coop and ways of keeping your costs down.  This is going to make a big impact on how much money you spend on the chicken coop in total so understanding the different types of materials will be vital to making an informed decision. 

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How to Build a Chicken Coop – Choosing What Type of Coop You Require

How to Build a Chicken CoopHow to build a chicken coop is a question that gets asked a lot around the internet these days in part, because of the high cost of buying eggs in the grocery store, and partly because people just seem to like having chickens around. I think it’s a reminder of the good old days when life was a lot slower paced.

In this series of posts, we’ll look into this question and present you with some viable solutions to solve you chicken housing situation. Before you can build a chicken coop, you first have to make several very crucial decisions.

Choosing What Type of Coop You Require
Probably one of the decisions you’re struggling with right now at this point is determining which type of chicken coop you need. There are a variety of different chicken coops Continue reading

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Building Stairs-How to Cut a Stair Stringer

Building StairsIn the last post in this series, I explained the different terms associated with building stairs. In today’s post, I’ll show you how to get the measurements necessary to layout the stringers that will support our stairs.

The first measurement we need is the rise. As you recall from our last post, the rise is the vertical distance from the top of our deck to the ground. To get the rise, we take a tape measure and measure the height from the ground to the top of the deck or landing the stairs will attach to. Let’s say for example our deck is 42-3/4″ high. In order to get the run measurement, Continue reading

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Building Stairs

Building StairsIn today’s post, I’m going to talk about building stairs. Before we can build stairs, there are a few terms that you must know and understand. We’ll talk about those terms first and then get into the design and construction of stairs.

  1. Stair Treads-The portion of the stairs that you step on when you go up or down the stairs.
  2. Risers-This is the vertical spacing between each of the stair treads. The risers can be either open or closed, but in this discussion, I’ll only be talking about open risers.
  3. Stair Stringers-These are the support pieces Continue reading
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Woodworking Plans

Have you ever started projects, spent hundreds of dollars, and had to quit on those projects because you couldn’t figure out the correct measurements because you had no woodworking plans? Do you have a strong desire to build things, but can’t come up with the ideas or plans yourself? Have you ever needed a workbench for your shop, but just didn’t know where to start? Well here’s my list of 3 of the best resources for plans on the net. Continue reading

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