Phinney Lumber Introduces Our New DIY page!

 Welcome to Phinney Lumber DIY.

This page is for YOU, our neighbors and homeowners, to offer inspiration, encouragement, and fun as you venture into some satisfying Do It Yourself projects with us.

Why a DIY Page?

In our 90+ year history as first a sawmill and later a building materials supplier, Phinney Lumber has served the local contractor as its primary client. As we move into 2020 and beyond, we are thrilled to welcome more and more local homeowners into our store, just like you, and we are working hard to better serve you; this page is just for you!

Connect With Us... through DIY!

We are connecting with you through social media and our blog, we are welcoming you when you visit by refreshing our store and changing our inventory to better serve you, we are inviting you to engage with us online and in person, and we hope to empower you to DIY with our new page. Let's get to know each other better, neighbor!

How to Use this Page:

Get inspired – we’re offering a themed activity every season with a “work” project to give that great feeling of accomplishment and a “whimsy” project to add a bit of fun!

Shop Phinney Lumber for project supplies – we’ll make you a list of what you need, so stop in and pick up your supplies here!

Join the fun – We’ll have contests, challenges, and opportunities to chat about projects and ideas on our Facebook page!

We’ll also share some of the best DIY resources found on the web, right here all in one place.

Fall 2020 - "Winter is Coming!"






It’s time to turn the clocks back, change the smoke detector batteries, and get ready to welcome winter. We’ve got everything you need here at Phinney Lumber to help with your fall DIY projects. We’ll winterize for the “work” project and make a boot bench to add a little “whimsy!”

"Work" DIY Project - Winterize with Spray Foam!

Sealing heat-sucking air leaks in your home with spray insulation is an easy and effective way to reduce your heating bill this winter. Here's how:


Check on Draft Busters

Check the weather stripping around your doors, windows, and garage door. There should be felt strips (or, for the garage, rubber strips) to seal these openings to prevent drafts, and these can wear down over time. Fall is the perfect time to replace weather stripping.

Snoop Out Sneaky Leaks in the Attic

Mosey on up to the attic and check for sneaky leaks. If you can see light shining through gaps or chinks in your attic, you have air leaks (and entrance points for bugs and rodents). Seal those off with foam insulation to keep your house warm over winter. Leave the attic vents alone, as you want them open to get rid of humid air.

Pinpoint Air Leaks in the House

Begin by checking areas where different materials meet; this will be where most insulation is found, and you can use foam spray insulation to seal these areas. Check between brick and wood siding, between the foundation and the walls, and between the chimney and siding. Also look in the basement and crawlspace for gaps and cracks where air may be escaping. Don’t use foam on very large areas; for these you’ll want to install insulation that's sold by the roll or sheet.

Check these places for leaks:

  • Door and window frames

  • Baseboards

  • Electrical outlets

  • Cable TV and phone line holes

  • Heat, dryer and air vent passageways

  • Pipe, wire and conduit entrances

  • Electric, gas and air conditioner holes

  • Places where pipes pass through walls and floors, including outdoor faucets


Apply Spray Insulation

  • Read the instructions on the foam sealant label before use; you don’t want any surprises!

  • Cover the surrounding area with a drop cloth and protect yourself with safety goggles and work gloves.

  • Most aerosols are flammable, so keep the sealant away from flames.

  • Practice dispensing the foam onto a sheet of newspaper or into a garbage can until you get a feel for the flow.

  • Fill openings approximately halfway full to allow the sealant to expand.

  • If foam in a straw applicator hardens, trim the straw down until you can spray foam again.

  • If you overfill an area, trim off the excess foam with serrated utility knife once it has cured.

“Whimsy” DIY Project - Build a Boot Bench!


It’s that time of year when the flipflops go away and the boots come out. What better time to build a “boot bench” to organize that pile of shoes by the door AND create a place to sit while you wrestle boots on and off?

Build a Boot Bench

Here’s what you’ll need to get (at Phinney Lumber, of course!):

MATERIALS (to buy at Phinney Lumber!)

  • 1 x 12

  • 1 x 10

  • 1 x 3

  • 1 x 2

  • Wood glue

  • Sand paper

  • Tack cloth

  • Paint and/or stain

  • Clear coat for sealing, optional



  • Chop saw (or ask Dana if someone in our lumber yard can make the cuts for you)

  • Drill

  • Kreg Jig and 1 1/4 pocket hole screws

  • Clamps (optional but helpful)

  • Paint brushes



  1. Make the following cuts:
    1 -- 1x12 @ 37 inches (stained top)
    2 -- 1x10 @ 34.5 inches (top and shelf) * if you want a bottom shelf to catch the dirt and protect your floor, add one more of these
    2 -- 1x10 @ 17.25 inches (two legs)
    4 -- 1x3 @ 17.25 inches (leg trim)
    2 -- 1x3 @  31 inches (top trim)
    2 -- 1x2 @  31 inches (shelf trim) *if adding a second shelf, add 2 more of these

  2. Sand down the cut edges

  3. Drill the pocket holes:
    3 on each long side of the 1 x 10 leg pieces
    5 on each long side plus 2 on each short side of the 1 x 10 top and shelf pieces

  4. Screw the two legs to the top

  5.  Add the shelf 7.5 inches up from the bottom

  6. Add trim to the top, shelf and legs

  7. Sand the base with up to 220 grit and remove the dust with a tack cloth

  8. Stain the top bench piece and put it aside to dry

  9. Paint the base and allow to dry

  10. Add a clear coat if desired for extra protection

  11. When the bench is dry, spread wood glue on the top and lay down the stained piece. Clamp it or secure it by piling with heavy items on top while the glue is drying

Summer 2020 DIY Kickoff– Our Very Own Scrap Wood Challenge!!!

Project Summary

  • Use scrap wood to create something cool.

  • Need ideas? Check out the links in the Inspiration" Box to the right.

  • Need tools, paint, and other supplies? Stop in to Phinney Lumber and grab some stuff!

  • Post pics of your end result on our Facebook page for the chance to win a prize!

Share and WIN!

  • Remember to post  pictures of your end result on our Facebook page for the chance to win a Phinney Lumber Gift Certificate!

Pretty Handy can give ya  71 practically free ideas for scrap wood

Neil Paskin is the king of the scrap wood challenge; check out his videos here.

Jen Woodhouse offers some clever scrap wood ideas on her "you can do this, ladies!" vibe website.

Family Handyman has 11 impressive ideas for scrap wood; we especially like the desktop catapult!

Still looking for ideas? offers another 100 ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

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