Our home theater is functional but it’s missing a lot of finishing details. This post covers building columns for the theater, which will eventually house the surround speakers as well as provide a place for storage and provide an important aesthetic element. This is the first granworks post on our theater!Read more
Shelf dados are easy to make with a router bit but a close fit is often difficult since router bits are rarely the same size as the shelf thickness. This article shows how to make a custom router template using only scrap wood that produces perfect fit dados every time!Read more
Cutting plate glass (not tempered!) is easy to do with only simple tools and the right technique. This video goes over all of the basics.Read more
Our son is dressing up as Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series for Halloween this year. He has the robes but needed a wand. I made a simple wand from a dowel using a belt sander, glue gun, and some paintRead more
I got a bit of criticism on my last post/video where I extended an electrical outlet. The three main criticisms were that the conduit wasn’t supported; that I cut my wires too short in the new junction box; and that I created a serious hazard by not using a GFCI outlet. I address all three in this post.Read more
I had an exterior outlet that was too small; in overall bad shape; and not very accessible. In this post, I describe how I extended the old single gang outlet a couple of feet with liquid-tight conduit to be more accessible while also upgrading it to double gang outlets.Read more
If you’ve ever painted on textured walls, you know how hard it is to create a crisp straight edge. Products like “Frog Tape” are supposed to help, but they don’t. Paint is very good at sneaking underneath your tape, resulting in a jagged line when the tape is removed. This quick tip shows a very easy way to create a guaranteed straight line!Read more
I was inspired to try woodworking by watching The New Yankee Workshop with the incomparable Norm Abram. I scrounged together a used Craftsman “contractor style” table saw and a router; commandeered one stall of our garage; and dove right in. My first project (back in 2006) was a doll bed fit for an American Girl doll. Yeah, I made a lot of mistakes, but you have to start somewhere!Read more
Dave Ramsey is undoubtedly one of the most influential authors in the personal finance and FI/RE communities. One of his most quoted posts was back in 2010 regarding compound interest, called “How Teens Can Become Millionaires”. It teaches a concept that is critically important… but the way it’s done is borderline deceptive!Read more
Well, after several years of saying “we should create a blog”, we decided that either it’s time to actually start it up, or just give up on the idea entirely. You’re seeing that we decided on the former path.
We don’t know what we’re doing. Neither of us have ever had a public blog of any sort. The goal is to also have a YouTube channel — that’ll be completely new to us, too.
But that’s sort of the point of granworks. We go through life jumping headfirst into something and hope that we’ll figure how it works as we go. Why would this blog be any different?Read more