Giving Woodworking A Try – Entry Table

While I do like to make things, I’ve not spent much time making things out of wood aside from a few workbenches or small shelves. So, clearly, I’d be able to make a nice piece of furniture out of expensive walnut using joinery techniques I know nothing about, right?

We moved into a new house a year or two ago and my wife wanted a nice entryway table. She showed me a few pieces she liked and I said “That’s so expensive and it looks really simple. I could totally make that.” However, the only tool I had was a cordless drill, a circular saw, and an orbital sander. So I also said that I’d need at least a table saw and a router to do the project. That means I got an early Christmas gift of a DeWalt 7485 table saw (with a stand), and then I picked up a Kobalt router and router table. This was early November and I’m writing this post in May – I’ll let you decide if she regretted her decision.

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Using a Shelly RGBW2 for under cabinet lighting

We recently moved into a new house and the first thing I wanted to do was to install under cabinet lighting. I knew that I wanted to DIY the LED strip and controller – I didn’t want a remote. I also have never done anything like this before and we have pretty, brand new cabinets and I didn’t want to ruin anything.

I did a ton of research into which controller to use and settled on a Shelly RGBW2. Mostly thanks to The Hook Up – I really like this guy’s videos and they’ve been super helpful while I’ve been researching LED strips and various other smart home things.

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