Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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How to Trim and Level Chair Legs

The chairs for our dining set is getting old.  After searching for a good set for our home, couldn't quite find the one we like as much as this old set.  Thankfully, my mom's friend was having a house renovation and getting rid of the furniture.  We got 4 dining chairs from them.  The chairs seem to match our home very well.  Only problem is, the chairs are too tall for our dining table.  So, Dave trimmed the legs and now they are perfect!

In this project, most important thing is to make sure all the chair legs are trimmed evenly and leveled among all the chairs.  A jig is made for this purpose.  Then, Dave used the circular saw to cut the legs.

1.  Measure how much to trim off from the chair legs.  For us, we want to trim 2.5 inches off.

2.  Measure the space between the blade of the circular saw to the edge.  This helps to know where to put the edge on the jig.  In our case, it's 1 inch.

3.  Make the jig using some scape wood.  Make where the circular saw needs to go along.  Secure a edge with clamps.

4.  Once the jig is ready.  Then, it's time to cut!  Secure the clamp on one side the chair legs using grip clamps.

5.  Run the circular saw along the edge.

6.  If needed, cut the legs off using a hand saw.  In our case, the circular saw blade is not thick enough for the chair leg wood.  So, we needed to finish cutting by a hand saw.

7.  Sand the legs.

8.  Put chair legs protector on. 

9.  Done!

Take a look at this video to see how Dave did it!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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How to Upgrade Jeep Wrangler Dome Light to LED

When we go off-road, sometimes the road is so dark, and it's hard to see.  Dave upgraded the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon JK with the Diode Dynamics LED Dome lights.   Stage 2 is picked for brighter light.  This can come in different color, we picked the Cool White color.

Diode Dynamics Interior LED Conversion Kit
When picking the lights, it is important to pick a good brand.  Some of the ones on Amazon or ebay might not fit your car, even though it said it is for the car model.  That's why we picked the Diode Dynamics lights.  They are trustworthy brand with lots of great reviews.

See the difference between the old light and the new one!

The result is fantastic.  The kit comes with the front light, also the back light.  Also, it comes with the License Plate light.  We changed all of them to LED.  This provides a much brighter interior lighting in the Jeep.

Interior Light in the back

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It should take no more than 30 mins to do.  The kit runs about $20 - $40.  Take a look at this video to see how Dave did it!