DIY Photo Frame for Poster Print

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in DIY, Hobbies

Costco has 20x30in poster prints for under $10 and in the past I’ve used cheap $25 frames from Amazon, but even at that price it adds up quick. I figured it wouldn’t be too much work to make my own homemade frames since I now have the tools and shop to do so. I already had three prints lying around so this afternoon I made three frames.

DIY Poster Photo Frame

For my first attempt I think they turned out nice. The frame is made from pre-primered trim boars from Home Depot; they cost around $3.50 for an 8 footer. I then used a plastic board (its similar to cardboard in build) to support the poster in the frame.

DIY Poster Photo Frame

I used a jig to make the frames square. They are held together with wood glue, brad nails and staples.

DIY Poster Photo Frame

DIY Poster Photo Frame

DIY Poster Photo Frame

Backpacking Tip

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 in DIY, Gear

Always bring a little bit of duct tape with you; you never know when you might need it.

On my last trip I discovered this small leak on the bottom of my pad. Taping it up kept me from sleeping on the hard rocks. The tape on the bottom of the pad was from a few years go when a spark landed on it while snow camping.

Duct tape patch thermarest pad

What works well for me is wrapping some duct tape around my lip balm.


DIY Track & Field Carts

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 in DIY

DIY Carts for Track & Field

After making the DIY Javelin cart, I felt inspired to make some more carts for our track gear.

Read on…

DIY Javelin Cart

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 in DIY

Took me about 7 hours over the course of 3 days and less then $70 in supplies.


I designed it to rotate so that it could be stored in our track shed.


See more photos.

Dry Baking with an Alcohol Stove

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 in DIY, Gear

Inspired by Shug’s recent post to YouTube, I bought a Fancee Feest alcohol stove and tried some dry baking. It worked out pretty good so I think I may need to try this on my next backpacking trip.

Fancee Feest Stove with simmer ring
3 in baking pan
Heet (yellow bottle) alcohol
Backcountry titanium pot (like this)
Cheap pie crust pan (cut up for spacer in mug)
Pancake batter (cause I had it already)
Chocolate chips

Used 3/4 oz of fuel for about a 13.5 minute burn. Next time I think I will try a little less and shoot for 11 minute bake time.

I baked with dried cherries first, but chocolate chips were better :)
I bet plain with honey would be good too.


Read on to see the end result

DIY Photo Wall

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 in DIY

I’ve started a DIY photo wall with Costco prints (8×8, 8×12, 14×18), foam board, spray adhesive, and removable mounting puddy. I think I need more size variation, but I like how it has turned out so far.



DIY Adjustable Standing Desk

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in DIY

How my dad and I built an adjustable standing desk/workstation for under $100

DIY adjustable standing desk for under $100

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McKee Bridge – Aug 24, 2013

Posted on Aug 25, 2013 in Adventure, DIY, Entertainment, Hobbies, Video

Just another epic day at the river, livin’ up every last bit of summer!

DIY Cable Cam

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 in DIY, Gear, Hobbies, Video

I’ve been wanting to make a mountain bike video for a while now but, just haven’t done it yet. The other night I thought to myself, “It sure would be cool to get some flying camera shots though the trees”. After doing some quick research on YouTube I discovered making my own cable cam could be easy. So today I whipped one up.

Here’s a few pics and a short test video. I can’t wait to try it out on the trails!

diy cable cam 2

diy cable cam 3

diy cable cam 1


I used my cable cam for the first time in this video

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