About DIY Pete and his Mission

Welcome to DIYPete.com

What this site is about

Hi and thanks for checking out my site! My name is Pete Sveen and I run the DIYPETE.com website and Youtube channel from my home in Bozeman, Montana. I love to inspire others to create and try new things. I am an average "Do it Youselfer" just like many of you. I'm not a fine wood worker or the best welder on the block. But..... I am not afraid to try new things and to share what I've learned along the way. So, I've create a number of projects over the years in my garage and have documented the process to help others learn and build.

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DIY PETE’S Mission:

My mission is to help and inspire as many “Do it Yourselfers” as possible. I feel that every project can be accomplished by taking one step at a time. The hardest part is often taking the first step. The video tutorials on my Youtube channel are some of the most in-depth DIY tutorials online because I try to break down each step to show everyone that building basic furniture and fun projects really is doable.

My Shop: AKA Garage

I do the majority of my projects out of my garage. It's a 2 stall garage that doesn't get parked in because that's where projects get done! Nothing fancy but I've added tools over the years, become more organized, and improved the setup.

What I do for a living

Many people who come to the site ask what I do with the projects and what I do for a living. Most of the projects are things I need for my own home or gifts for family and friends. Other times I'll donate projects to charities.

For a living I run the ThinkEntrepreneurship.com blog and DIYPETE.com site. These sites generate revenue through advertisements, sponsorships, Youtube, affiliate revenue, and digital products. I rarely take on commissioned projects but will from time to time if they are a good fit for the DIY audience. Here is a cool metal project I did in coordination with my good friend John Dumas from EntrepreneuronFire.com. If you are interested in learning about how you can turn your DIY hobby into a profitable online business please answer a few questions on my survey so I can better serve you. 

Born and Raised

I grew up in Aberdeen, SD, and attended the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where I studied Entrepreneurship. I've always loved working with my hands and thought it would be fun to share what I've learned with others. I bought my first tool box with money I made from my snow cone stand on the sidewalk in front of my house in Aberdeen, SD. My dad and I would work on projects in the evening and on the weekends. Wood, steel, and concrete are all mediums I truly enjoy working with.

The Mountains...

I currently live and play in Bozeman, Montana. Bozeman is located in the Gallatin Valley at an elevation of 4800 feet. The town is surrounded by mountains in all directions and is an amazing place to live. In addition to all of my hobbies out in the garage I enjoy skiing, kayaking, running, flying airplanes, and hanging out with friends and family. International travel has become a priority in my life the last couple years and in 2014 I traveled to Scotland and Costa Rica.

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Pete Sveen IFR private pilot

New Opportunities!

Documenting my projects and sharing them with other DIY'ers around the world has been extremely rewarding. The video tutorials and projects have inspired thousands of people to try new projects and to build furniture and art that will last for lifetimes. Building an online presence has opened the doors to numerous partnerships and fun opportunities. Projects have been in the Make Magazine Print Publications, featured by Bobvila.com, and even done in coordination with a number of companies and organizations.

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Charlotte - March 7, 2018

I saw your truck in Philipsburg today. So next time you are in Philipsburg I invite you to come to Woodland creations and home center at 421 West Sutter!!

    Thrive Themes - March 12, 2018

    Hi Charlotte! We were doing a business retreat and stayed at the Yurt above the Ice rink. What a fun town! We also did some skiing at Discovery. I will have to make a stop over to Woodland creations that next time 🙂 Great to hear from ya!

Royal Merrifield - February 19, 2018

Pete, Royal here from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wanted to send a quick thank you for your video on how to build a harvest table. I have never made anything and your video empowered me to do something. Thank you again as my family will enjoy this table for many years to come. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b304eaa0ac4ee727a902ed5f128add90582dae0fd4f74a5eb541160b6121eb95.jpg

    Thrive Themes - February 20, 2018

    Hi Royal, so glad that you were able to make the project! It looks awesome! It’s very satisfying to build something that you and your family will be able to use everyday for years to come! Keep on making!

      Royal Merrifield - February 21, 2018

      What nail gun you would recommend? tried to find it in the favorite tool link.

        Thrive Themes - February 27, 2018

        It depends on your intended use. If it is light use for small projects, I can recommend Ryobi battery powered nailer. It eliminates the hassle of having a compressor and hose, and is much quieter. You can pick them up and your local Home Depot. However, I would say that if you intend to use the nailer a lot and you already have a compressor or would be willing to invest in one, this small porter cable nailer has been my favorite lately. Here is the amazon affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2EY6b5e It has been a really reliable and versatile nailer for me. Hope this provides some insight, I will add it to my resources page soon. Cheers!

Scott Rakowski - February 19, 2018

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Thanks Pete. I made a memorial bench for my Dad & put it under his favorite tree. I love how it turned out.
Scott

    Thrive Themes - February 20, 2018

    Scott, the bench turned out great! I’m so glad that you were able to make such an awesome memorial for your Dad. Putting it under his favorite tree is so wonderful, I hope that you are able to sit there often. Cheers!

Leo Grimone - February 12, 2018

Pete,
looking into making a table top for a grill cart. What I’m thinking is a cypress wood frame with concert inside. I’m concerned about the expansion and contraction if I join the wood and concrete as one piece. What do you think?

    Thrive Themes - February 13, 2018

    Hi Leo, sounds like a cool idea! I would suggest not joining the wood and concrete but rather making a platform that will support the slabs. If you join them with anything, use silicon caulk which would break before there were any issues with the concrete or wood splitting/breaking. Cheers! Hope it turns out great!

Joshua King - January 8, 2018

PETE….do you have any plans for Adirondack chairs???

    Thrive Themes - January 9, 2018

    Hi Josh! Not currently, just the double chair plans and the patio chair plans. I’d like to get to some adirondack plans this summer though.

Scott - October 25, 2017

Pete,
greetings from Arizona, just wanted to say thanks for all the plans. I’m not the most handy guy nor do I have a lot of tools. Just got a kreg jig though! Started off with some cornhole boards

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and then graduated to the cooler. Just modified a few things to give it a Catania look. Used the metal roofing on the front and back. Gonna add a framed chalk board to add the drink list or a special message. I think the next project will be your patio bar minus the concrete top ( maybe something a little more my speed). I really enjoy the fact that your videos and the plans are super detailed and easy to follow. Hope all is well

Scott

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    Pete Sveen - October 29, 2017

    Hey Scott! Thanks so much for taking the time to say hi! It’s great to hear from you and see the projects you’ve been tackling. The boards and cooler look fantastic. Nice work! Have fun with the patio bar build. Cheers and keep in touch! – Pete

DJuan Freeland - October 11, 2017

Hi Pete, I just wanted to share https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6fde4c5d01c0a4070a3f62178c5629103d2ce5243615f25ba181e05a76f195c4.jpg the two seat bench I’ve built from plans. I’ve decided to turn into a sports bench for fans of college football. I’ve been getting request for more than I can handle lol. Here’s one that’s almost complete. Thanks for your plans and videos.

    Thrive Themes - October 16, 2017

    Looks Awesome! This bench turned out really great, I really like logo in the center and the color scheme. Good luck if you end up making more!

Matt Davis - October 1, 2017

Pete I recently stained my deck and had to leave while my 2 teeage sons finished up the deck. Unfortunatley they didn’t keepo the tarp on well enough hand some of the stain got on the concrete. I was thinking about doing the acid stain I saw on youtube. I am curious though if the deck stain will cause a problem since I cant get it up at all. Here are a few pics https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c8f2d90c514faa0fdc65f52913fa7c79b48e8550d2951d1efbb1849f136fcc6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4539e8d6e527d5315051f4e2f20a18da192571e34643780c19938e7982d554b0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4539e8d6e527d5315051f4e2f20a18da192571e34643780c19938e7982d554b0.jpg

    Pete Sveen - October 2, 2017

    Hi Matt,

    Concrete Stain would help blend it in slightly, but will definitely still be noticeable. Acid stain is transparent and will only react with the limestone in the concrete. So anywhere there is deck stain — the acid stain will not react. You might either look into using a solid acrylic stain — or using paint remover and a power washer / sander to do your best to remove the drops. Best of luck!

David Oliver - August 22, 2017

Made this for a buddy’s new house warming. My wife was a bit disappointed, because she wanted it for our house. I told her I could make one for our house, too. Thanks so much! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c01ba6f5cb83df673c1a44abe61be8f0c8e839b8b18a6643ab88a4f9c196e875.jpg

    Thrive Themes - August 23, 2017

    Cheers! Turned out looking great!

      David Oliver - August 23, 2017

      BTW, thanks for the recommendation on the Ryobi AirStrike. It’s perfect for my small workshop.

        Thrive Themes - August 23, 2017

        It’s a great tool, glad it’s working well for you!

James - August 21, 2017

Hey Pete, It’s Sikes, just wanted share my forst ever build, maybe get some criticism or helpful tips. I only had a miter saw, table saw, drill and Kreg jig and orbital sander for this, no clamps or or other tools. Please, if you’d like throw some criticism my way. I love to learn to get better. Hopefully it is a decent first build! No plans or designs, it was all free hand and by the feel, wife wanted a nightstand, so there it is. Thanks for your channel Pete! You got me started and inspired!
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    Thrive Themes - August 21, 2017

    That looks Awesome! I really like the design! It came together great especially for not having an clamps! Are you planning on staining or finishing it in any way? Great Job Sikes! Keep on building!

    Cheers!

      James - August 22, 2017

      Well my wife didnt want a stain so I didnt. But when I build my workbench im gonna play around with some stains. I aplreciate the encouragement Pete!

        Thrive Themes - August 23, 2017

        It looks great without a stain! I was just curious if you were all done or not! Be sure to update with any more projects that you do!

Justin Metras - August 8, 2017

Pete

I just wanted to thank you for your inspiration on a few projects that I have finally finished. It all started with a Google search for a bar chair from 2x4s. DIY Pete came up. I built that one and then it morphed in to the much more grandiose chairs that you see here. I built no less that 6 different prototypes until finally settling on one version. I also discovered pouring concrete table tops from you. With this project, I used same method you do, only I added 3/8 granite stone into the top and then diamond ground it down to what you see now. Thanks for the inspiration and keep looking forward to the next project you do. May I suggest a tall Adirondack style bar chair. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5dda4455a309f3bb18aca0641cac5ad0685aafdbae262b492fa048f561177da6.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/94dfe0e9ff351bbb3b9c6bcac4b31dee70b03ce12ac82d0dc87ba00bb18ef3bd.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1101e065c0f948fb5fa7d31235cd3ce7b4272ac0acba3c99b98b19b951935041.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/28da17ce5b08bb6d976322198f4d7ff3bb1a2e58bcce7ba605891b9e1d25b2c8.jpg

    Pete Sveen - August 8, 2017

    Hey Justin! Thanks so much for sharing your story and the projects. What an awesome outdoor setup! I love the chairs and they look really comfortable. Nice work on the concrete top as well. Keep up the good work my friend. Cheers! – Pete

Wade Lehmann - August 2, 2017

I have a project idea for you! A dumbwaiter – outdoor version. I’d love to make something like this that can move items up/down my 2nd floor deck (that has no egress) that is elegantly simple and looks good.

    Thrive Themes - August 7, 2017

    That’s a really cool idea Wade! I’ll add it to the project list!

Jose A Munoz Jr. - July 23, 2017

Hi Pete,

Thanks to you, I built a Giant Jenga set that my family is enjoying! So far from your site, I have built 2 coat racks (one with a chalkboard back for my kids to write notes and one with pictures of my parents grand-kids [added with an ink-jet printer and epoxy on plywood] for them to enjoy) and now this Giant Jenga game. I’m looking to tackle the Giant Connect 4 in the near future. Here’s a picture of my daughter playing the Giant Jenga game. Thanks! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/52d9227cdbbd99c13f427f845bd58fe277294875e49ad50dec6a70118305b027.jpg

    Thrive Themes - July 24, 2017

    Jose,
    Glad to hear you have been building so many projects! Thank you so much for sharing! Cheers!

Robbie - July 19, 2017

HI Pete, can you please recommend what sealer and wax should be used on outside concrete countertops?

Steve - July 13, 2017

Thanks for sharing all this I have been looking at your plans for the patio bar with a concrete counter. The plans are for a 5 foot long bar. Would I have to make any adjustments if I wanted to make it 8 feet long for the extra weight of the concrete?

Marcia - July 4, 2017

You made a wooden bed frame and ordered some brackets from amazon. I am wanting to get the brackets you used. What are they called?

Chuck Costello - July 2, 2017

I wanted to say thanks for channel and the plans you’ve created. I built your dual chair bench and table and your plans were thorough and very easy to follow (I donated!). I didn’t find another place to share my build so I thought I’d post it here. I plan on doing more of your projects in the future and look forward to upcoming content. Cheers from sunny Houston, TX. Thanks again! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/21df38774c9b6e9d380d5ca422cab67e19f56b7dd606bfed15b8fedd45bb3ecb.jpg

Edward Mooney Jr. - June 13, 2017

Thanks for the great website, from a Montana State University Bobcat far away from the Bozeman lair!

Scott Friedericks - March 30, 2016

Hey Pete if I were to send you a picture of a woodworking project would you be able to create plans for me to build? I would donate of course. If so I would love to get your expertise on this.

    Thrive Themes - April 4, 2016

    Hi Scott! Great to hear from you. Feel free to send in a photo of the project. While I have a lot of projects on the list, I’m always looking for more ideas. If it would be a good fit for the site and channel, we’d consider doing plans and documenting the project. Cheers!

Lynne Mobley - January 29, 2016

What program do you use for the plans? SketchUp, etc.?

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