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Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill Give Away

Blanket Ladder Made with Black & Decker Drill give Away

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill Give Away

Make something great with BLACK+DECKER  – Drill Give Away

Happy Wednesday – are you all ready Hello readers for our Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill Give Away?  I am so excited to do a self hosted give away with BLACK+DECKER.  I love there products and jumped at the chance to bring this awesome drill to one of our lucky readers!!!

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
BLACK+DECKER 20 V Drill Give away

We used our drill to make an awesome blanket ladder for our new empty nest reading room. this simple project of a Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill Give Away drill, will go fast and give you extra space to hang those blankets we all find on the floor – come on you know the ones I am talking about 😉 !

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Completed Blank Ladder Project

Here’s what we did:

We went to our local Home Depot and purchased 2 – 2x4x8’s and 1 – 2x6x12.  We had our guys at The Home Depot (also a great place to purchase our BLACK+DECKER drill if you are not the lucky winner), and had them cut the 2x6x12  into 4 17″ pieces, and we picked up 2-1/2″ pocket Hole Screws by Kreg.  We brought our goodies home, and got started.

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Supplies needed to complete project

We popped our new BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Drill/Driver with AutoSense Technology out of the box and got to work.

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
BLACK+DECKER 20 V Drill Give away

We took the 4 17″ 2×6’s and added 2 pocket holes at each end of the board using our Kreg Pocket Hole Jig, and our BLACK+DECKER Drill.

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Adding Kreg Pocket Holes

After all the holes were drilled, we attached the 2×6’s to the first 2×4 at an angle starting the first 2×6 5″ from the top, and spacing 14″ there after until all the 2×6’s were in place, making sure each piece fit within the 2×4 on the angle with no overlap.  Once all the 2×6’s were attached, we added the second side starting with the top, 5″ down to match the opposite side.

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Attaching the sides
Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Making the Blanket Ladder

Next, we painted our ladder with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint, and let dry.

General Finishes
Lamp Black Finish

Once dry, we brought the ladder into the sitting room, placed behind the chair and filled with lovely, snugly blankets.  See how easy that was?  And just think, no more blankets on the floors!!!

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Completed Blank Ladder Project

Oh, we are not done yet – I promised you one lucky winner here in the US, will win a new drill just like mine! How exciting is that!!!!  It’s a BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium Cordless Drill/Driver with AutoSense Technology.  This drill  has an automatic clutch that has proven to be three times more accurate than a mechanical clutch. I didn’t have to experiment with trial and error to set the clutch. I simply set the drill to drive mode, and it did the monitoring of torque needed to drive the screw…Totes am I right!

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
What you can win to make your project

Now do you want to win this awesome BLACK+DECKER 20V Max drill?  I know you do!!! Hello readers share how this drill will make your life easier in my comment box below, and click the links above for Black + Decker – you will be entered to win a BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium Cordless Drill/Driver with AutoSense Technology of your own. So get started and I will alert the winner soon!

Happy building readers!!! Don’t forget to find our other projects on Bob Vila Nation, Facebook, and Hometalk.

– Linda

Sanders Which One Should I Use? Let’s Talk Tools

Mouse Sander

Sanders –

That’s right…you read the request…Let’s talk tools.  Many of us DIY bloggers use a wide variety of tools. Tonight our tool talk is going to be about sanders.  You heard it correctly, sanders.  There are many types of sanders on the market, and if you’re new to woodworking it is important to know which sander should be used for which project.  Don’t just buy a sander because it’s what you saw on a blog or in the Sunday sale papers.  With this post we will talk about what truly counts when you are looking to add this magnificent tool to your shop collection.

First, you need to understand just what each tool can do for your project.  For instance, a detail sander helps reach into tight corners, or helps smooth molding profiles, where a heavy belt sander, if not used properly, can bring your wood working projects to a grinding halt (no pun intended :-).  Other factors to consider with your sander include variable speed, dust collection, size and weight, choice of abrasives, and ease of changing abrasives.  Since I am a smaller woman, I personally, I look for weight/size first then narrow down the other features.  If I can’t hold the sander comfortably it will not matter what I purchase, it will never work for my project.

Currently in our garage, we have a few types of sanders.  Each is used for just a little something different.  Here is how we attempt to answer the question: which sander should I use?

Our oscillating sanders help provide detail sanding.  This sander helps to provide wood projects with those wonderful profiled edges that make people swoon.  Oscillators, in my opinion, are the workhorse of the sander.  These babies will fit into corners like no other sander, come with loads of accessories, and never let you down.  But it’s not used for everything you need to sand.

Oscillating Sanders








The  orbital sander is for finish work  like prepare new molding, or clean up between finish coats This sander helps to remove material by using a sandpaper disc that spins in a circle while moving in an oval loop.  The remarkable thing about orbital sanders is they never hit the same path twice.  This sander will give you a swirl-free finish both with and across the grain.  It works quicker than a vibrating sander, but is not aggressive in removal of material.  I think this is the most gentle sander in the shop.  The down side, if use the wrong grit for your project, it can leave those little digs in the wood surface.

Orbital Sanders





When the Orbital Sander is not right for the project, we use a belt sander.  The belt sander is best for large surface sanding.  Because this sander removes a great deal of wood material fast,  use care to prevent wood gouging.  I admit, this is not my favorite sander due to the speed, it can get away from you quickly and before you know it, bam, high/low grooves and you’re starting all over.

Belt Sanders








Our newest addition of sanders is the Mouse Sander.  This little sander is the jewel of my garage 🙂 .  So much so, I have two so we do not fight over it!  We have the Ryobi battery operated and The BLACK & DECKER plug in model.   Mouse Detail Sanders have a compact design,  weigh only 2 lb., and provides an easy, comfortable sanding experience.  As a women with small hands, this sander is ideal.  This little tool reaches into corners, and contours curved surfaces. The soft body grip and lock-on switch provide comfort while standing for long periods of time and the dust collection system helps keep the project area free of dust (can you hear the voice of Tim the Tool Man Taylor in this description? argh, argh, argh!)









While choice of sander is important, technique is also important.  Here are some guidelines:

1 – Use even hand pressure – don’t bear down too hard

2 – Do not move too fast

3 -Work each surface in a consistent pattern with slight overlaps

4 – Start with course grit (80 -100) and move to fine grit (120-220) for an incredible smooth surface

With the correct sander and these techniques you can smooth uneven edges, flatten rough panels, and provide for an even painting surface.

This tiny choice of sanders only scratches the surface (no pun intended) of the sanders out there, but these are the main tools for sanding in our garage.  We have seen loads pictures in articles where sanding is taking place with the wrong sander.  With many years of working projects, I have totally come to appreciate using the right sander. Let’s face it – if you’re using the right sanding tool, the project  is done faster, looks better, and is less tiresome because you will not have to redo it again later.  Sanding is a task that has to be done; so it is best to use the right sander the first time around!

Well, that’s what I have learned about sanders and we hope we answered the question: which sander should I use.  Today’s talk from Hello I Live Here is now complete.  Happy sanding and see you next post!

🙂 Linda