So, you love making DIY projects but want to expand your talents further than squares and rectangles. I’m going to show you how to make DIY Circle Cutting Jig for the Table Saw. Yes!! Your table saw.

DIY Circle Cutting Jig for the Table Saw

Hello!! It’s Kristen, from In Her Garage, back again to bring you a super exciting and simple tutorial!

Making circles with the table saw sounds counterintuitive, right? Table saws are supposed to just rip straight lines, but table saws are one of the most versatile tools in your shop and with just a few pieces of scrap wood, you’ll be cutting circles and making gorgeous side tables and decor pieces in no time at all!! Let’s get started making this DIY Circle Cutting Jig for the Table Saw!

Materials:

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Please read through the instructions in their entirety before making this project.

Safety! Before starting, UNPLUG your table saw and completely retract the blade below the level of the table.

Instructions:

The 3/4”x 1/4” strip of wood will be used as a guide for the jig and will travel within the miter slot to the right of the table saw blade.

Standing at the table saw, place a few stacked pennies within the miter slot and lay the strip of wood over the pennies so it is just slightly above the level of the table.

Place a line CA glue on top of the strip of wood and place the plywood on top of it so that the plywood piece is covering the saw blade about ¼”.

Apply weight on top of the plywood and wait for the glue to adhere to both the miter guide strip and the back of the plywood.

While you are waiting for the glue to dry apply the 12” piece of scrap wood to the front edge of the plywood. Simply apply some wood glue between the two pieces and nail it down with 1 ¼” brad nails or screws. This will act as the handgrip for the jig.

By now the plywood and the miter gauge strip of wood have adhered together. Gently lift the plywood and turn it over.

Using 5/8” inch brad nails or screws secure the strip in place being careful not to split it.

Remove the pennies from the miter slot.

Use some fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the edges of the miter guide strip to help the jig travel smoothly. Applying some paste wax to the bottom the plywood and miter guide strip will also help with smooth travel. (Not necessary, but will help with smooth movement.)

Flip the jig back over placing the guide strip in the miter slot.

Pull the jig back enough to raise the saw blade just above the level of the hand guide. Plug the saw in.

With the saw on push the jig forward to completely cut off the left side of the jig. This will make the jig perfectly in line with the blade and act as a zero-clearance for clean cuts.

Turn off the saw, lower the blade and unplug.

Circle Cutting Instructions:

Using your speed square draw a line in the middle of the jig perpendicular to the saw blade.

Now mark the radius measurement for the circle that you want to make on this line. For example, if you want to make a circle that is 10” in diameter measure to 5” with your speed square.

Tap a 1 ¼” nail into the mark.

Make a mark in the center of the square piece of wood that you’re wanting to cut into a circle. This is easily done by drawing two lines from each opposite corner. The intersection of these two lines in the center of the square.

Drill a small hole through this center point.

Place the 1 ¼” nail through the hole and into the hole on the jig and tap securely into place making sure that the square lies completely flat on the jig. Rotate the piece be sure it spins easily and securely.

Pull the jig back and raise the blade to just above the level of the square to be cut.

Plug the saw in. When operating a table saw always try to stand off to the right side and never directly in front of the blade.

Rotate the piece 45 degrees so a corner of the square overhangs the jig. Turn the saw on and push the jig forward to cut off the overhanging corner. Pull the jig back.

Rotate the piece 90 degrees and repeat until all corners have been cut off.

At this point, you can turn the saw off and wait until the blade comes to a full stop so you can remove the scrap pieces from near the blade. I typically do this for larger circles.

Now continue to rotate the piece, pushing and pulling the jig back and forth until all overhanging corners have been cut off.

Once the piece of wood looks like a very rough circle push the jig forward until the bottom of the piece is in contact with the blade and rotate until the bottom has been cut into a circle.

Push the jig forward slightly and rotate the piece again making a full circle. Repeat until the top of the piece has been cut into a circle.

Pull the jig back and turn the saw off.

Wait until the saw blade has come to a full stop before removing the jig, the circle, or any scrap pieces.

Pretty simple right?! After I made this jig I went on to cut 14 circles for a few tables I was building!!! It was so easy.

Now that you have a perfectly cut circle and a jig that you can use over and over what are you going to make?

Hi! I’m Kristen, from In Her Garage, and I am a self-taught woodworker and DIY fanatic from Minnesota where I live with my husband and our two daughters. Between being a wife, mom and, registered nurse, I try to make as much time for DIY as possible. My love for building came after our family built our current home in 2015. After we moved in, we needed furniture and instead of spending massive amounts of money to order the pieces we wanted I decided that I would build them myself. I started with a buffet table plan from the fabulous Ana-white and quickly set out to remodel my entire home office.

Since then I have started a side business building furniture for the people in my community. I love hearing my clients talk about the pieces they wish they had whether it be a rustic buffet table, a one drawer side table, or a toy box and then making it a reality for them. While starting my small business it made perfect sense that I would document my building journey so I simultaneously launched the In Her Garage blog and I love sharing my plans, tips and tricks.

Making something beautiful with your own two hands through a little preparation and determination is an amazing feeling.  I hope to bring inspiration and know-how to those looking to tackle a big or small project.
I am so glad that you found me here and please feel free to connect with me on PinterestInstagram, and Facebook to see what I am working on right now.

 

If you liked this post and want more tips about working with table saws then you’ll love this post on Table Saw Safety Guidelines.

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I’m always looking for ways to simplify my holiday decorating and re-use what I have. This DIY Jingle Bell Garland project is perfect for that!  Perusing the holiday collections at my favorite home stores gave me the idea of making this simple bell garland. It’s a lovely nod to Scandinavian decor if you like that style.

Hello, Pretty Handy Girl Readers! Now that the holiday season is upon us, I thought it would be fun to share an easy DIY project to help you decorate your homes this year.

All you need are two inexpensive items to make this. (You might even have them already. Hint: Look in your gift wrap stash!)

That’s right – these bells are actually cheap gift toppers from Target.  Yes, they are functional and they sound beautiful (like Jingle Bells!)

This garland will take you all of ten minutes to create, and another five to hang it up. How’s that for simple, inexpensive, and quick!

Let’s get creating!

Materials:

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Instructions:

Follow these steps to make lovely little bell garlands. I’ll include tips for hanging, decorating, and storing as well.

Step 1: Cut a long piece of string

Whether you are using baker’s twine, jute, or ribbon, cut a long piece to get started. My piece ended up being about 30 inches long. You can always snip any excess off at the end.

Step 2: Thread your bells on your string:

Time to thread those bells on! My gift toppers came with a little loop to attach them. I’m sure your bells will, too. All you need to do is tie a little knot to make sure they stay. You don’t want the bells sliding all around on you.

I decided to space my bells out a bit, but you can also string them close together. But, if you do, you’ll need more bells!

Step 3: Hang up your garland

Once all your bells are knotted and secured on the string, it’s time to hang it up.

Initially, I was using scotch tape. However, my garland kept falling! (Consequently, I’ve been hearing a lot of fallen jingles in this house today). I ended up using 3m clear light clips and they are not falling anymore. You can tie both ends of garland onto the light clip and hang it up that way. If you are also decorating with garland, this helps to hide the clips as well.  It has not fallen since! Yay!

 

Where to hang your bell garland?

Call me traditional, but I like these bell garlands draped across a window or hung from a mantel. They feel so Christmas-y to me!

Some other ideas would be to drape them across a mirror or over a pretty piece of artwork.
Have open shelving? Drape them on your open shelving like it was a mantel!

What about storing your garland?

After the holidays are over, it’s time to pack up all the decor! But wait — how do I store this garland without it getting tangled?

So glad you asked! I found the simplest way to store these garlands is to tape one end to a piece of sturdy cardboard, then wrap the garland carefully around the cardboard and finish by taping the other end.

It’s secure and it won’t tangle on you! You might also appreciate these 9 Holiday Storage Hacks for your other holiday items!

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I love the way this bell garland turned out. However, I think a nice satin ribbon in red or white might be my go-to for next year. I love the contrast between the gold bells and the silky ribbon. In the meantime, pin this tutorial to share with a friend!

Looking for more Holiday Decorating Ideas? Check out these DIY frosted votive candle holders and this rustic Christmas tree crate.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Holiday Season so far! See you right back here next month.

 

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karen from decor hintHello!  I’m Karen, the creator of the Home Decor and DIY Blog: Decor Hint. I’m a Native of the East Coast, but I currently live in beautiful Seattle with my hubby, our two wonderful children, and our spunky wheaten terrier.

You can usually find me with some sort of craft in one hand and a coffee in the other. And I’m always rearranging furniture or moving lamps from room to room. I have a passion (read: obsession) for decorating, DIY, and gardening. In short, I love making my house into a home.

Like many, I’m inspired by what I see in home decor magazines, but I’m not so inspired by the price tags.  Consequently, I love finding and creating beautiful budget-friendly home decor items. In a head to head competition, I bet you’d never know the difference between the designer items and my DIY creations!  Many of my DIY projects focus on sewing, crafting, upcycling and organizing. Some of my favorite projects have been making pretty wreaths, sewing my own tassel hand towels, and crafting these trendy wood bead garlands. I can’t wait to inspire you and spark your creativity through my DIY projects.

You can always connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.

15 ways to make a DIY vertical gardenA vertical garden can be a perfect solution for a small porch, apartment, or any other space-limited space that needs a little sprucing up. You can build one to plant herbs, succulents, flowers or whatever else you want to use to bring a little greenery to your space. And if you create one indoors you can enjoy your garden year round! Here are 15 Easy Ways to Make a Vertical Garden to inspire you and give you ideas on how to can customize the perfect vertical garden for your home.

diy vertical garden with drip watering system by houseful of handmade

Build a large vertical garden for herbs and plants that includes a drip watering system.

 

diy vertical gardenRepurpose an old ladder an some galvanized buckets to create this rustic vertical garden.

 

tower garden

Give your garden some modern style by creating this unique DIY Tower Garden.

 

Repurpose an old shutter then add hooks and small buckets to create this whimsical vertical garden for succulents.

 

Build this amazing DIY Vertical Garden Wall Planter using cedar boards and french cleats.

 

diy wall planterOld wire shelving is the perfect material to repurpose to make this modern DIY Living Wall Planter.

 

vertical herb garden planter

Use some boards and metal brackets to create this amazing rustic Vertical Herb Garden Planter.

 

tiered garden planterWith lumber, lattice and corner braces you can make this beautiful DIY Tiered Garden Bed.

 

Make a chic DIY Vertical Plant Hanger with a board and some terra cotta plants.

 

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Make a Custom Potted Hanging Herb Garden for any room of your house.

 

pvc pipe vertical planterCreate this unique colorful vertical garden using PVC pipes.

 

Build this rustic DIY Wooden Hanging Planter to hold any number of plants or succulents.

 

Make this simple and pretty DIY Wall Planter Ladder and add gorgeous flowers to any fence.

 

Build this tall and skinny DIY Vertical Planter with a strong base and fun, colorful pots.

 

Use a rustic old ladder and make this lovely DIY Vertical Ladder Flower Garden.

 

I hope you loved these ideas and found inspiration on how you can create something similar for your home. Comment and let me know what you think! Which is your favorite?

Hi, I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs. Here are a few fun stats about me: I like love chocolate and peanut butter (together of course.) If you like stats, I have been crocheting for about 16 years, crafting for 20, and woodworking for about 4 years. I found a passion in making and being creative and began documenting my projects online at Hazel + Gold Designs.

When not working on projects, I enjoy spending time with my husband, four children, perfect dog, and ornery cat. You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Read all of Sheri’s tutorials.

~Find more of Sheri’s projects here ~

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Chalkboard paint is such a fun addition to many different types of projects. You can turn anything into an ever-changeable work of art, or use it to label different items throughout your home. Here is a collection of 32 Creative Projects using Chalkboard Paint that you could create for your home or as a fun and personalized gift! Check them out and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Check out this Message Board for the Mudroom! It’s a great place to drop things on your way in or leave letters to go out to the mailbox.

 

Chalkboard Paint Projects - Spice Jar RackPaint a Dated Thrift Store Spice Rack to make your spices easy to find.

 

chalkboard painted projects - candy jar lidsLabel your cookie or candy jars with chalkboard paint to keep them cute and modern.

 

chalkboard paint projects - gift tagsCreate these amazing Gift Wrap chalkboard paint tags to customize your gift-giving.

 

chalkboard paint projects - customizable bin tags Make Customizable chalkboard paint tags for whatever you need to organize.

 

chalkboard paint projects - chalkboard coffee table

How fun if you painted your coffee table with chalkboard paint. Then you can write personalized messages on your coffee table.

 

chalkboard paint projects diy painted chair personalizedPlanning a chair makeover? Add some chalkboard paint to the back for personalization.

 

chalkboard paint bucketPaint a simple bucket and change the message to match any seasonal decor.

 

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chalkboard paint buckets for gift givingCreate amazing hostess gifts by adding chalkboard paint to metal buckets.

 

chalkboard paint projects create a smooth wallLearn how to make a Smooth Chalkboard Wall anywhere in your house with this tutorial.

 

chalkboard paint vertical wall mounted deskCover a desk with chalkboard paint for a great note-taking surface.

 

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chalkboard paint projects - diy marble toss with keeping scoreMake a Marble Toss Game with a Chalkboard Paint Scoreboard.

 

chalkboard paint projects - chalkboard mugsCreate Chalkboard Painted Mugs for a favor at your next party.

 

chalkboard projects - diy rustic chalkboardAdd a huge DIY Chalkboard for your home and decorate it for all seasons.

 

chalkboard paint projects - diy clock signThis DIY Clock Sign is a fun way to use some chalkboard paint.

 

chalkboard paint projects for christmas signUse green chalkboard paint to make a count down sign.

 

chalkboard paint projects - upcycle frame into magnetic chalkboard artMake a magnetic chalkboard frame from an upcycled wooden frame.

 

chalkboard paint project - upcycled cabinet door to chalkboard artUpcycle a cabinet door into quote art by following this tutorial.

 

chalkboard paint projects - decorated chalkboard washi clipboardCreate Decorated Chalkboard Clipboards using chalkboard paint and washi tape.

 

Chalkboard Paint Projects - Mini Makeover for a book display shelf

Makeover a bookshelf so kids can leave each other book reviews.

 

chalkboard paint projects - pantry drawer labelsBuild pull out drawers for your pantry and use chalkboard paint to label them.

 

chalkboard paint project Wooden party banner Create this amazing Wooden Party Banner with wood and chalkboard paint for your next party.

 

chalkboard paint project - chalkboard seasonal artAdd some seasonal Chalkboard Art to decorate your home this fall.

 

chalkboard paint projects - how to make colored chalkboard paintLearn how to make Colored Chalkboard Paint.

 

chalkboard paint projects - chalkboard calendar for refrigeratorCreate a Chalkboard Calendar for your refrigerator and stay super organized all year.

 

chalkboard paint project chalkboard zinc cabinet beauty shotTurn a metal chest into a Faux Zinc Chalkboard File Cabinet and customize with chalk art.

 


chalkboard paint project - ikea cutting board makeover
Make a quick Cutting Board Makeover with blue chalkboard paint.

 

chalkboard paint project - rustic wall organization box Build an awesome Rustic Chalkboard Wall Organizer.

 

chalkboard paint project - chalkboard with ledgeBuild a Wall Chalkboard with a chalk ledge for the whole family to use.

 

chalkboard paint project - diy chalkboard wall calendar Create a DIY Wall Calendar with chalkboard paint and stay on task daily.

 

Thanks for reading! If you like this collection of ideas, please Pin this image on Pinterest to share with your friends and save for later!

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Hi, I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs. Here are a few fun stats about me: I like love chocolate and peanut butter (together of course.) If you like stats, I have been crocheting for about 16 years, crafting for 20, and woodworking for about 4 years. I found a passion in making and being creative and began documenting my projects online at Hazel + Gold Designs.

When not working on projects, I enjoy spending time with my husband, four children, perfect dog, and ornery cat. You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Read all of Sheri’s tutorials.

~Find more of Sheri’s projects here ~

 

 

DIY cedar house number sign

DIY house number signDIY Modern House Number Sign

A step-by-step tutorial on how to create a DIY modern house number sign that will update your homes curb appeal.

Do you want to update your homes curb appeal? Have you thought about upgrading the look of your homes house numbers? I’m Megan from TwoFeetFirst, and I am excited to share this project with you today. This is an easy DIY project that will update any front porch!

How much does it cost to build a house number sign?

The cost of this project will depend on the number of house numbers you need, plus where you purchase them. The project should cost about $30 (includes all materials) for a three number sign. If you happen to have some of the materials on hand, it will cost less.

DIY House Number Sign

Materials:

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Tools:

Instructions:

STEP 1: Decide on the layout

Before you can start cutting the wood, determine the layout for your house numbers. The easiest way to do this is by laying out the numbers on a solid surface. Move them around until you are happy with the layout.

Then measure the spacing between the numbers and the length from the first number to the last.

TIP: For a professional look, keep the spacing between the numbers the same.

If your spacing between the numbers is the same, add this equal spacing to the top number and bottom. By doing this, you increase the height of the sign.

(For example, my numbers had a spacing of 1.25″. Therefore, I added 2.5″ + my layout measurement (18.5″) which gave me 21″.)

SIDE NOTE: I also used the 3.5″ cedar boards to determine my space. If I used five pieces of the cedar, my distance would be 17.5″ and six pieces is 21″. So I decided to use 21″ to make things easy this way I was not cutting the boards width.

Also, add this spacing to the width of the widest number. This measurement will be what you cut your cedar board too. For example, my number 4 is my widest number, 3.5″. I then added 2.5″ (1.25″ two times) to this amount giving me the width of 6″.

STEP 2: Cut the cedar boards

Now that you have determined the size of the cedar base, you can cut the wood. Cut the board to your width measurement. I will be cutting mine at 6″.

TIP: Use a scrap board clamped to the saw fence to insure the exact cut for all your cedar pieces.

cutting cedar board for house numbers sign

After cutting the cedar board, place them on a flat surface in a column. Then measure the length of all the pieces together, mine was 21″. Cut a piece of cedar board this length. This board will be the back support for the cedar pieces you already cut. We will call this piece the bracing.

Once the cedar boards are cut, cut your 1″x2″ trim. To cut the trim, rotate your saw to a 45-degree angle. Then cut an end of the 1″x2″ board (cut the board with the 1″ side facing up.)

cutting white trim at 45-degree angle

Frame your cedar pieces with the 1″x2″ board. You need to add 1.5″ to the width of your cedar base. My width was 6″ so my measurement is 7.5″. This measurement will be the top and bottom of the frame.

Cut two 1″x2″ boards to this measurement. Remember you are cutting at a 45-degree angle, this measurement is the longest point of the 45-degree, the shorter will be the same width as your cedar boards.

Next, cut the side pieces of the frame (this will be the same length of your cedar base). Again you will need to add 1.5″ to the measurement, my height was 21″ so my size is 22.5″. Cut two 1″x2″ board at this measurement, (remember you’re cutting at a 45-degree angle).

Now test your 1″x2″ frame around the cedar base, adjust the boards if needed by cutting them to give you a snug frame.

SAFETY TIP: If your pieces are too small to hold safely, cut new pieces instead of risking personal injury. Always cut your shorter pieces from longer trim stock.

cutting trim for house number sign

STEP 3: Paint the frame and seal the cedar

Once you’re happy with the frame, seal all the wood for outdoor use. Paint the 1″x2″ boards with outdoor paint and stain or seal the cedar boards with Tung Oil. Alternatively, you can leave the wood raw and it will grey over time.

SIDE NOTE: Tung oil helps waterproof wood plus it helps to bring out the color in the wood, see why it’s my favorite way to finish wood. I decided to paint the frame white and seal the cedar with Tung oil.

painting and sealing wood for exterior use

Follow the instructions on how to apply then let everything dry according to the instructions on the containers.

STEP 4: Build the frame

Once everything has dried, place the 1″x2″ pieces on a flat surface. Then arrange the pieces to make the frame.

Using 1.25″ nails, nail the 45-degree angles of the frame together.

white wood frame for house numbers

Then place the cedar bracing inside the frame, center it then nail into place on the top and bottom.

creating frame for sign

To help protect the frame from outside elements, the joints (45-degree cuts) should be sealed with silicone. Apply silicone to the joints to seal the gaps.

SIDE NOTE: You will want to do this on any nail hole too.

Let the silicone dry then touch up the areas with paint. Let the paint dry completely before moving on.

Next is adding the cedar to the frame. Apply construction adhesive or wood glue to the cedar bracing. Then lay the cedar onto the bracing, rearrange if needed.

cedar and white trim for house number sign

Secure the cedar boards to the sides of 1″x2″ frame with 1.25″ nails.

attaching cedar to house number sign

Again apply silicone to the frame to cover the nail holes. Once it has dried, repaint the areas with paint and let that dry too.

STEP 5: Install the house numbers to the frame

Now that the frame is built the house numbers can be installed. Place the numbers onto the frame then using a ruler align the numbers accorded to your predetermined layout.

Once you’re happy with the placement, use something (nail or pin punch) to make an indent into the cedar where a screw hole is for the house number.

marking placement for house numbers

Then pre-drill a hole (smaller than the actual screw for the numbers) in the indented places.

pre-drill holes of house numbers

Attach the number to the frame using the pre-drilled holes.

house number sign modern

STEP 6: Install hanging brackets and screws

Now that the house number sign is built, you need a way to secure it into place. There are many ways to do this, but I decided to use keyhole hangers.

Before installing the hangers onto the sign, I would recommend installing the screws into the wall. To do this, measure the back of the sign were the center of the brackets will be placed (you should have an idea of where this will be). In my case, the distance was 6.5″-6.75″.

This distance is how far apart the screws on the wall will be placed, secure the screws to the wall at the height you want. Remember to use the correct screws for the material you are securing to (i.e. anchor screws for masonry if you have a brick, block, or stone wall).

TIP: Place one screw then measure the second to the distance you determined before plus use a level!

Once the screws are in place, measure the distance between them because it may have changed. Then attach the hanging brackets to the sign, make sure the distance from the center of the brackets is the distance measurement you just measured.

TIP: Use a drill bit to drill a slightly bigger hole where the screw head will be.

attaching keyhole hangers

TIP 2: Only attach the top of the brackets then check the level by placing the sign on the wall. If everything is level, attach the bottom screws. If its not level, adjust one bracket until it is level then attach the bottom screws.

You can also place two felt pads at the bottom of the sign to keep it from rubbing against the wall.

Now you can hang your house number sign!

homemade house number sign

To help you with the process, here is a video on how to make a house number sign.

This DIY tutorial on creating a simple modern house number sign will help you update your curb appeal and will make you happy when you see it!

modern house number sign

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