Handyman Thoennes in Glen Ellyn IL

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4th Bedroom 3rd Bath Complete

After a #remodelingproject which included a complete tear out, the new drywall and mold proof tile backing, electrical, plumbing rehab, ceramic wood-look flooring, carpet, light fixtures, vanity, sink and faucets, shower head and valve, toilet, wall heater, exhaust fan, paint…

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Peeling garage door was pealing

This shows a before and in progress refinishing of a garage door that was in need of more than just another coat of varnish. Some of the rails and panels towards the bottom of the door were beginning to rot,…

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Shed kit build & Paint

This is a 8 x 10 Shed kit ordered through Home Depot. Complete with all 2 x 4’s and wall panels, roof underlayment, doors, hardware, etc. The only element having to be purchased was the roofing paper and shingles, and…

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Oh dear.

A cement deer was going to be cleaned, restored and repainted. The request was to make it look like a real White Tail buck. With it’s base, it was much too heavy to transport to my studio so I completed the…

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Rough-edge thick frame

This frame was created in my shop from milled, rough (bark) edge white oak. A wonderful designer I work with, Val Vesely of http://valerievesely.com suggested this “almost black” stained natural wood frame with a gap between the frame and the…

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The Gong

My late father-in-law, Dr. Don Verne “Buddy” Joseph sported this Chinese gong and likely used it in one of his bands. It really needed to be displayed properly so I came up with this design for displaying it and making…

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Cost-saving “squirrel damage” repair solution

  Squirrels and other critters that may have included woodpeckers had damaged a fascia board on the corner of a house in Wheaton, IL. A squirrel-sized hole went clear through the board into the soffit. Instead of replacing the entire…

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Mission Coat Tree – update

The 42″ quarter-sawn white oak Mission Coat Tree is complete. The tapered and walnut-pegged top has a definite oriental influence to it. The white oak was from a tree on my lot that we lost a few years back which…

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Cat trap

Its true. The cat trap works every time. A new box… set it on the floor… presto! Captured one cat. They are seemingly helpless once they step in the trap. 🙂

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Don’t replace, paint. Concrete patio stones? No way.

The client couldn’t really justify an expensive hardscaping replacement, so I suggested painting the concrete patio stones. Now they match the colors and shades of the brick on the house and cost a fraction of the price of replacement. A…

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