Office Shelving

In our continued effort to get our tiny house situated, I finally completed the office shelving. We wanted something to go around the bar, and after going through many plans for the shelving, we finally decided on a combination of wood shelves and steel brackets to hold everything into place.

Since we’re renting, I didn’t want to invest in permanent shelving that we couldn’t reuse. By not building the entire thing out of wood, it’ll be much easier to take apart and reassemble.

I built the left side and right side separately and anchored each into the wall, with one metal bracket on each side touching the floor for added support. The trickiest part was putting in the top shelf for our large collection of game boards.

full shelving



Because two brackets prevented the top shelf from easily sliding into place, I had to carve out a notch to fit it in.

shelving notch




Tiny House Camp

Since I love anything camp related and tiny houses, I was so excited to see this video about Tiny House Camp in Vermont. The best part of the video is the teenagers who love building tiny houses. So cool!


The Green Garage

I’m probably late to the game, but I just found out about the Green Garage in Midtown in Detroit and was really impressed by the architectural design of the building. It’s a former Model-T factory turned office space and is owned by Tom and Peggy Brennan. I love everything from the chairs and tables they used to the rustic, wooden rafters adorning the ceiling. And the “green” in Green Garage is there for a reason as the building “used mostly reclaimed materials, generated just one-and-a-half Dumpsters’ worth of waste, and used passive means – a white roof, triple-glazed windows and extra-thick insulation – to cut the building’s energy demand by 90 percent.”

Here’s a few pictures of the Green Garage, or if you really want to nerd-out you can view a Powerpoint presentation of before and after pictures here.

green garage entrance

wall chair

corner desk

meeting room


break area

All pictures are from Curbed Detroit.


Corktown Home Renovation

I don’t know about you, but for some reason I really love looking at before and after pictures of renovated homes and buildings. Along with that, I also love woodworking and Detroit, so when I found the Redemption in Corktown blog, I couldn’t stop reading and browsing through the photos. It’s a blog detailing the whole process of a man’s home renovation in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, straight down to woodworking techniques for creating spindles for the porch railing.

I think one of my goals in life is to take on a project like this, and this blog will be a great resource when I finally get that opportunity. Take a look at the blog in its entirety, but for now here’s a cool wooden sink I liked and of course those before and after pictures of his home in Corktown.

wooden sink




Woodworking Video: Riiska Design

I stumbled across this promotional video this morning for Riiska Design. Even in a one-minute video, it did a great job to show his process for creating an intricately designed table.


This also led me to his blog, where I found this really amazing bee hive he built for friends of his.


Monday Photo Safari: School

It’s back-to-school time, so our photo theme for this week was “School.”

Old School
Trevor’s photo from Chicago, Illinois

School Books
Mary’s photo from Chicago, Illinois

Next week’s theme is “Your Shoes.” If you want your photo included, please send it to along with your name and the location of where it was taken.