Hi, I'm Dave Osborne. With over 50 years experience as a journeyman carpenter, foreman and contractor in heavy construction I enjoyed working with apprentices and sharing the tricks of the trade that others shared with me. Now I get emails from Members all over the world and we include many of my answers in our Free Monthly Newsletters. Some of my answers include drawings and instructions specific to a project, but may also answer your questions. I use correct construction terminology, so you can confidently inform your building supply dealers or contractors exactly what you need.
Membership gives you full access to our hundreds of how-to articles, woodworking plans, converters, calculators and tables. Our Stair Calculator is one of the most popular on the internet. We have projects you can build for (and with) your kids, furniture for your wife, and sheds and gazebos. If you run into a problem or need advice your Membership includes unlimited email questions to me through our Ask Dave quick response button.
DaveOsborne.com is a family owned and operated web site. We've produced this website since February 1999. Its purpose is to make it easy for you to build things and renovate your home.
When we registered our business in Canada, our first choice of name (DaveOsborne.com) was rejected, so Dan (my brother and webmaster) suggested DDFM Enterprises, which curiously was accepted. "DDFM" stands for the first letters of our and our wive's names: David, Danny, Frances (Dave's wife) and Marillyn (Dan's wife).
As a professional carpenter, renovator and contractor, I have four decades of experience as a builder to share. (more info about Dave)
I've made each of the items on this site as a project for you to build yourself.
We are Canadian but all the prices on this site are listed in US dollars, which has become a kind of standard on the Internet. Since we're not financial wizards, we leave the conversions up to you, if you prefer another currency to US dollars. So far, this has been generally acceptable, but if it is a problem to you, then please tell us and we'll come up with something better.
By the way, all the prices on this site are the complete prices. We won't surprise you anywhere with hidden costs or tacked on 'handling fees' of any kind.
If you have any suggestions about the site itself, you are welcome to send them to my brother Dan, the site's webmaster. He will be happy to receive your ideas and will almost always respond within 24 hours. (more info about Dan)
2312 San Juan Place
Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W1