Mother of invention

It is said that “necessity is the mother of invention”. For me, I would expand that to say “necessity–without means–is the mother of invention”. If you were to walk around our house, explore my workshop or even inspect our cars, you would see this in living color. Show me the money! I have had what many […]


Mobile home living is synonymous with lack of storage. So, we are always looking at shelving and storage ideas. We require any system of organization to be not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing. It is always a challenge to install shelving in a mobile home. The walls are constructed of randomly spaced 2×3 studs covered by […]

Custom Products

This is a pallet entry table I custom built for a friend. I haven’t had much luck in the the past with furniture, but this one came out perfect! The Design Process During the summer of 2015, I started building things for our kitchen and was getting some interest from friends. I posted my first […]


This headboard is one of the first things I created for the home. My good ideas tend to create more work for me. During a project, I find new things that, unfortunately expand the project. I very much enjoyed this first project. I built this piece using reclaimed rough sawn wood from my father-in-law’s barn. […]

Non-Pallety Pallet Project

When I am considering a pallet project, I turn to social media for ideas, feedback and planning. For this and other hobby topics, social media can be a wonderful resource. However, one drawback can be lack of originality or variety. So often, when I find a pallet project, it looks like all the others. People are […]

Hardware stores

After an unsuccessful 30 minute stop in my local Lowe’s, I’ve decided that it’s time to bring back the mom and pop hardware store! During my recent frustrating visit to Lowe’s I asked myself “Why do I even bother coming here?” The Local Mom & Pop The place where they always know your name and […]

Sharp pointy things

The One of the things of which I am very conscious is shop safety around sharp pointy things. However, I stay safe in a different way as many. I’ll never be the first one to throw on a pair of gloves or safety glasses, but I am always very cognizant of the dangers of working […]

Typical Scott Haines DIY project

It wouldn’t quite be a typical Scott Haines DIY project without a trip to the emergency room. The first question now asked by MGH nurses is “What now?” As many of you know, the count of broken bones now stands at 11 with various other incidents thrown in. This past weekend, I nearly added a […]

Utility Trailer

Here, I will describe the process of building a utility trailer from an old camper. Several years ago, I obtained a 35+ year old camper that was in a major state of disrepair. I knew I couldn’t restore it for camping. However,  many of the components were still salvageable. The shell was made of tin and […]

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