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Tom Bury is Construction Manager on Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible". With a bachelor’s degree in architecture and master’s degree in construction, Tom Bury has been designing and building spaces for more than a decade. His projects range from multi-million dollar public and private sector buildings to private residences and everything in between.

With a well-rounded background in construction, architecture and design, Tom can do it all. Read more about Tom.

Tom's Volunteer Spotlight

Tom Stein

We were working on a restaurant in Bethlehem PA and decided we were going to go wallpaper crazy! So I made some calls to try to find someone to give us an expert hand. I called Tom who happened to live around the corner and was willing to help. When I met Tom I noticed a bandage on his hand, he recently had sugery but told me "dont worry that wont stop me". Sure enough we hung the wallpaper together with me trying to keep up the whole time! We had a great time working together and his skill and determination make Tim an MVP volunteer!

Current Project

So this simple easy sign project can be simplified, made more complex, made bigger or smaller. But it's a very fun easy way to use inexpensive store bought materials and make your very own custom sign.  Since I already gave this sign away the winner of this giveaway gets their very own custom one made to order by me! I wanted to keep this project very simple that anyone could recreate at home. So I went to the local hobby store for ideas.  I had originally thought of building a custom wood sign but I found these very inexpensive unfinished wood boxes so I bought one box per letter of the sign I was building. I also went out and bought all types of letters in all shapes types and sizes to spell out My first step was to figure out exactly what I was going to do, so I laid out the boxes and just started roughing out my letters. I found that I could easily stack and place several letters of the same kind in each box.  However by doing this the letters really got lost and it was hard to make out what I was trying to spell. So to make the letters , POP, I decided to paint one letter in each box a bright white and make the rest of the letters a nice deep blue to provide a nice background. Once I selected the letters that I was painting white, I laid out all the letters and got them ready for paint. I decide to spray paint all the letters due to the size and detail of some of them, this would provide a nice even coat.
So this simple easy sign project can be simplified, made more complex, made bigger or smaller. But it's a very fun easy way to use inexpensive store bought materials and make your very own custom sign.  Since I already gave this sign away the winner of this giveaway gets their very own custom one made to order by me!
I wanted to keep this project very simple that anyone could recreate at home. So I went to the local hobby store for ideas.  I had originally thought of building a custom wood sign but I found these very inexpensive unfinished wood boxes so I bought one box per letter of the sign I was building. I also went out and bought all types of letters in all shapes types and sizes to spell out
My first step was to figure out exactly what I was going to do, so I laid out the boxes and just started roughing out my letters.
I found that I could easily stack and place several letters of the same kind in each box.  However by doing this the letters really got lost and it was hard to make out what I was trying to spell. So to make the letters , POP, I decided to paint one letter in each box a bright white and make the rest of the letters a nice deep blue to provide a nice background. Once I selected the letters that I was painting white, I laid out all the letters and got them ready for paint.

Name Sign

Custom signs are not only functional but can be so decorative and actually be part of the design itself. I wanted to create a sign that anyone could do at home for any project they may be working on.



I immediately opened up the lamp and inspected the light shade that came with it. The light shade was very typical, however the diameter of the top of the shade was very close to the bucket diameter. I cut off all the fabric from the lampshade, and then cut the sides off the metal frame so only the top remained.
Once everything was taped off I sprayed them with a beautiful orange paint that has a shimmer to it.
I applied two coats of paint and, as soon as the second coat was complete, I started to peel off the FrogTape. As always I was left with super sharp clean lines and a fantastic paint job.

Barrel Lamp

The lamp project originally started just like most of my projects do, with a trip to my local reclaimed yard. I enjoy visiting these types of places to see beautiful reclaimed pieces, get inspiration and sometimes make a purchase.



Next I chose the size and number of candles I wanted.  I measured and centered my marks so the candles would be spaced evenly.  My candles were 3
The key here is to take a moist rag and rub it on the edges of the FrogTape® to pre-activate it and ensure the best results.  FrogTape® is activated by water so if you are using a non-water based product like stain you must pre-activate it to seal the edges.
I was able to get perfectly straight lines of stain and paint by using FrogTape®.  The candle holder looks like it was custom built from different layers of wood which was just the look I was going for.  Two days later, my candle holder was dry and ready.  It was a perfect custom fit to the table and the colors fit with my living room decor.  Definitely an interesting piece that anyone can make!

Candle Holder

I had some old lumber lying around that did not get used for a project because of the crack and chips in it. Out of the 8' piece I had, there was a 2' section that had some great character.



Once I had my frame set, it was time to cut out the hole in the board. I used a 6
Once I had my entire paint scheme completed, I lightly sanded the surface with a very fine sandpaper and cleaned it all with a tack cloth.
After waiting a few days for the finish to dry, it was finally time to play!

Cornhole Game Set

I have often played Cornhole (or bean bag toss) at many sporting events, down at the shore or at bars and parties, but I have never built a set myself. So, I was really excited to take on this project.



As always, razor sharp lines and my ornate detail came to life. So now that the paint was complete I waited for it to cure and then put a coat of durable polyurethane on the entire side.
So I glued and nailed the handle frame to my tray and then attached the already finished frame on top.
I always like to think of ways to make the actual construction elements of a project part of the design! I loved the brass corner protectors so much I went ahead and added them to the ornate side of the tray as well.

Tray

I have to be honest I have never really owned a serving tray, but I do like breakfast in bed. So I started thinking about what a serving tray really is and how I could build a really different one. So a tray is basically a rectangular flat piece with a frame and handles, seems simple.



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