Phil Bowie

Phil Bowie

Phil Bowie is a lifelong freelance magazine writer with three suspense novels in print. He’s on the web at

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First-time Bondo'er? Start with these tips for mixing, preparing surfaces, and finishing. Read more »


Body filler is a thick, two-part polyester resin, commonly called Bondo. Cursory Googling reveals a universe of mostly automotive applications, primarily for repairing body damage, but we’ll leave that to the experts and show you a few creative uses for this versatile stuff. Read more »


A “few” years back, as a final-semester project at the NC State University School of Industrial Design, I made a kit of plywood parts from which could be assembled several useful pieces of children’s furniture. I called it “FUNiture.” Thanks to help from my good friend, prolific author and skilled... Read more »

This sturdy table assembles in seconds without tools, and stores flat in a closet or under a bed. You can make it over a weekend from a ½”×4’×4′ sheet of finish-grade plywood. The table shown is intended for children ages 5–7. For bigger kids or adults, change the box panel... Read more »


A few clever cuts and you’ll be serving in style! Here’s an hors d’oeuvre tray you can make with only bamboo and a little glue. Somewhere between grass and wood on God’s celestial materials list, bamboo is exceptional stuff. Lightweight, strong, elastic, and durable, it’s one of mankind’s earliest building... Read more »


Build a snack-dispensing scratching post that will make Kitty forget the couch and curtains. Read more »