The Green Workbench
Build Create Grow

I am a self proclaimed DIY'er and woodworker. I believe you should never stop learning or trying new things. If you can imagine it, you can do it.

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Interior designers sometimes say that books are furniture. This lesson takes that design tenet literally. Learn how to build floating bookshelves using an actual book as the base! The Green Workbench guides you through each step of this simple DIY lesson, from selecting a hardcover book to serve as the base of the bookshelf to attaching the finished product to your wall.

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Using just 2x4s, build a bike rack in your garage or shed to keep all of your family's bikes organized. This project can be planned out using math formulas so that all of the angles and lengths are exact. Or you can use a sliding locking bevel and a straight edge. Either way, you will no longer have to worry about falling over bikes dumped haphazardly in your garage.

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Buying all of the accessories for an already expensive doll can add up fast when you start counting clothes, houses, beds, cars and who knows what else. Build a doll bed yourself for cheaper - that will be of better quality and custom. This bed was designed for an American Girl doll but can be used for any type of doll by adjusting the dimensions.

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A crossfit plyo jump box is a great way to improve your core strength and can be used anywhere. This box can be made at varying heights for any level of fitness. It only takes a few hours to build and is solid as a rock. I'll walk through tips for measuring and cutting your materials, securing the pieces together, and bracing the walls for extra stability.

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It is a tradition, especially in southern Italy, to create entire miniature villages during Christmas to display nativity scenes. There are many shops where you can buy supplies to build your own. In this lesson, I'll show you how my family created our nativity using Styrofoam, paper mache, simple flour-salt-and-water dough - plus other props and materials. Customize your own Italian presepe to show off to your family and friends!

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Mason jars make great sconces and candle holders, but if you’re not a fan of the bare bulb (few interior designers are), you might want to experiment with color. In this lesson from the Green Workbench, learn how to color tint a mason jar for atmospheric, diffused lighting. All you need is Mod Podge, food coloring, and a spare hour. You can apply this method to any number of bright ideas you have for repurposing mason jars.

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What do you do when your beloved old vinyl is too scratched to listen to any longer? Rather than tossing it, why not make it into a decorative wall clock? This lesson from the Green Workbench demonstrates how to make a clock from a record. All you need is an old record, a clock works, a drill and about 15 minutes. Add numbers if you want a more functional clock, or leave it blank for a more abstract representation. The Rolling Stones said it best: “Time is on my side…”

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