DIJ Elements

DIJ Elements fuses wood into various elements to create a new or give an existing piece its own transformation and its own existence. Its main purpose is to beautify any dwelling through the test of time.

DIJ Elements handcraft all pieces in the USA



Wednesday, March 08, 2017


Irma Alfaro


  1. Restoring a vintage Shopmaster J20 scrollsaw not 1 but 2
    21 Mar, 2017
    Restoring a vintage Shopmaster J20 scrollsaw not 1 but 2
    I was in the market for a larger scroll saw and decided I wanted at least to be 20" which is ample enough to do intricate work on larger pieces if necessary,  but after looking at the prices for brand new one. It would of cost me approximately 500.00 . This was definitely out of my budget especially if i'm going to use it on a infrequent basis. So I started to go on ebay to look for a used 20" scroll saw and I stumbled on a vintage shopmaster J20 for extremely cheap and according to the listing
  2. 2017 Dij|Elements Collection
    09 Feb, 2017
    The new approach on the venerable classic cutting blocks
    My first exposure to butcher block making was back in the days of high school woodshop class. The very first project we created in class was making a butcher block. It required us to rip several pieces of wood and lay it out to create a cool pattern. Once I decided on a pattern, it was time to glue the strips and clamp until the gaps were gone.  We waited for the next day for the glue to dry. Then we cut it to size, planed it for the appropriate thickness, and then sanded it smooth.  The
  3. Two famous furnitures
    12 Dec, 2016
    Restoration is respecting the original designer.
    We found 2 great pieces at our neighborhood Habitat for Humanity Restore.  One of them, in particular, is a coffee table and although damaged still has solid bones to it.  Taking a closer look at it we realized that it the Baker Furniture stamp.  A company that has endured for over 100 years.  Baker Furniture is well known for its craftsmanship and quality.   Researching the history of such a piece the decision was made to turn it into a restoration project rather than a modification or
  4. Upping the ante of mid-century modern furniture transformation
    08 Oct, 2016
    Upping the ante of mid-century modern furniture transformation
    DIJ Elements is all about bridging mid-century modern into today’s lifestyle.  We believe that the essence of that era, clean lines, functionality and natural materials can be incorporated  and fused into pieces that serve a multiple purpose. We want to use natural materials to not only create completely new pieces, but discover old pieces that we can breathe new life into.  Such is the case with our newest piece, a slightly damaged end table found at a Habitat for Humanity Restore.  It is
  5. Mid Century Little Gem
    02 Oct, 2016
    Mid Century Little Gem
    I just picked up this worn out mid century modern nightstand down at the Restore . I haven't decided how I am going to approach the restoration and modification facelift, but hell it's going to be a labor of love. It's structurally sound with metal legs and cage. The top is heavily scratched with the side wood veneer practically peeling off. The stained drawer box made of wood teak with a front gloss painted mdf may need to be replaced. The brass handles is in poor condition with trim peeling

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