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Reader Showcase// AvocadoLvr's Round Provence Beam Dining Table

Reader Showcase/ AvocadoLvr's Round Provence Beam Dining Table

My dad brought me a bunch of redwood that had been leftover from a deck he had built. It sat around for a while before I woke up one morning with a grand idea to build a table with it. I have never built anything out of wood before but have always wanted to! I was very excited to get started right away. We have a spot in our backyard that really needs a round table (not rectangular or square) so it was important to me that the table be round. 

 

I did a google search for how to build a round picnic type table. After looking at several different options, I found The Design Confidential and this 48" Provence table plan. It looked like exactly what I was looking for, but I still wasn't sure I had what it would take to complete it!... Read More

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Woman hit by train in Modesto


SACRAMENTO – A train traveling from Chicago to Fresno struck a woman in Modesto Tuesday night.

Union Pacific spokesperson Mark Davis said the Union Pacific train hit the woman as she was walking on the tracks near Beckwith Rd. around 11 p.m.

The woman was transported from the scene with undisclosed injuries.

The train continued on to Fresno around 1 a.m.


Stir-fried vegetables with rice noodles

Stir-fried vegetables with rice noodles

Skip the complicated dinner tonight and instead keep the cooking easy with this vegetable stir-fry with rice noodles. Cooked in one pan and served in a bowl, it is a simple, no-fuss dinner that everyone will enjoy... Read More

First Drinking Water Standard for Hexavalent Chromium Now Final

First Drinking Water Standard for Hexavalent Chromium Now Final

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today the regulations establishing the first-in-the-nation drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium (chromium-6) of 10 parts per billion (ppb) ..... Read More

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A mouth-watering roundup of rocky road recipes

A mouth-watering roundup of rocky road recipes

Rocky road is a delectable combination of flavors. From ice cream to pie, nuts, chocolate and marshmallow make mouth-watering desserts. Find a recipe to try tonight or celebrate National Rocky Road Day all month long... Read More

Police: Teen forced off Modesto street at gunpoint, sexually assaulted


Modesto police say a teenage girl was sexually assaulted at gunpoint Friday morning in northwest Modesto.

The girl was jogging north on West Morris Avenue just past McHenry Avenue at about 7:45 a.m. when a man with a handgun confronted her, police spokesperson Heather Graves said. Pointing the gun at her, he forced her into his car and drove to the front of a vacant house in a residential neighborhood.

It was there that he sexually assaulted her, Graves said. After, he drove to near Enslen Park where he dropped her off and drove away.

The victim was transported to an area hospital to be treated for injuries, Graves said.

The girl described the attacker as Hispanic, possibly in his 20s, and about 6 feet tall and weighing 140 pounds. He had hazel eyes and a 4-to-5-inch black tattoo on his upper left arm.

Reader Showcase: The Pursuit of Handyness Parquetry Dresser

Reader Showcase: The Pursuit of Handyness Parquetry Dresser

Building with Rayan's plan was so simple.

Since buying 1/4" Walnut or Teak were out of my budget, I got creative and used Ikea Decking Tiles to create the Herringbone drawer fronts.  I made modifications to make the dresser taller and longer.  The paint and wood combination was inspired by Rayan's Sketch Up drawing. You can visit my blog for a very thorough tutorial on how I built this dresser. http://www.thepursuitofhandyness.com/diy-herringbone-chest-reveal/... Read More