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Book Ledges


I wanted some space to store books that would show off the covers. Here is the process of building some!

They came together pretty quickly and I am happy with the outcome. Construction was pretty simple here – pine and crown moulding with some pocket hole screws holding the back together. The pictures tell the story…




I ripped a groove with the table saw (double pass) to hold a small piece of 1/4 poplar that keeps the books from sliding off the shelf.



Once you get your mind around mitring crown moulding (upside-down & backwards) it comes together pretty quickly.



Pocket holes to keep everything together.


I used a keyhole bit on the router to cut the hangers.


A brad nailer makes this job much quicker.


Before priming and painting I tested them on the wall.




Living Room Before/After


Take a look at some before and after shots of the living room.

Although I do love the framed paintings of wolves, I must admit they are not mine. The “before” photos were from the home inspection when the previous owner was still living there.

In the living room we put new hardwood floors down, painted, and built new railings and stairs. I built the newel posts from scratch and they were a really enjoyable project. The staircase on the other hand was torture! I used oak treads all the way through the house and it just happened to be the hottest weekend of the year when I chose to do it. Definitely worth it though.

Student Government & Social Media


The College Student Alliance asked me to speak to new student leaders about how to effectively use social media within a student government context.

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Spark Plugs Presentation


For a newly created speaker series, I have been asked to speak about student engagement and social media.  Take a look through the presentation below!

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Facebook Cover Image Contest


In my role as Community Manager for the Humber Students’ Federation, my main focus is to encourage interaction among our students using digital media.  (it is more than just playing on Facebook all day – honest!) Continue Reading →

Social Media Policy


As Community Manager at the Humber Students’ Federation, my day to day role is to manage all of the digital content that is produced by the organization as well as guide a conversation around how we hope people to respond to it.  Although the organization had strong policy documents around communication, there was no policy that explicitly dealt with social media.  So I wrote one.

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Kitchen Table


As a Christmas gift, we wanted to build my soon-to-be in-laws a farmhouse kitchen table out of reclaimed barn board.

For the table top, I wanted to use something with a lot of character and history.  The more knots, scrapes, rusted nails, the better.  For the top materials, I made a trip to Historic Lumber, just north of Milton.  They reclaim materials from old barns and farmhouses around Southern Ontario.  Really cool stuff. Continue Reading →

Week 11 – Final Revisions

This week is a continuation of in class one on one troubleshooting.

Final Assignment Requirements

Week 10 – Construction Continued

Today we will continue constructing the final website.

Week 9 – Building in HTML / CSS