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Feature Friday {Sept 4, 2011}

September 4, 2011 |
posted by Ana White
Feature Friday {Sept 4, 2011}

When I first started blogging almost two years ago - golly has it really been that long already!!! - I sent email requests out to guest blog on a few other blogs, and received many a reply along the lines of "building furniture from scratch is beyond our readers ability ..." and "most of our readers don't use saws and nailers ..."  

It was frustrating, because I KNEW better.  I knew if girly girl me could close my eyes, hold my breath, count down from 100, and squeeze the nail gun trigger (with fifteen clamps and standing three feet clear of the nail, despite safety glasses, a helmet, ear plugs AND muffs, and full hockey gear on - okay maybe not that bad, but you get it, I'm a chicken), than just about anyone else could. 
And I'm totally not saying this has anything to do with me, but every time I see a woodworking project go up on another blog, I think, oh yeah!  How awesome is that!!!!  It's like Team Mom Builder just hit another home run, and even if I'm on the bench, I'm pretty darn excited!
In fact, I'm so excited, I am starting a weekend post all about other project tutorials for DIYers made by other bloggers around the web.  Each post will feature five outstanding project tutorials that make me want to run and grab my nailer (and the Ram's hockey gear), and have me yelling GO TEAM MOM BUILDER!!!!
So without further embarrassing myself (yes, a good part of this is very true) I give you our first edition, Have a Great Linkend!

Awesome Idea #1

Awesome Idea #2

Awesome Idea #3

Awesome Idea #4

Awesome Idea #5

Love It!!!

I love it .. and I love how you pass it on. Keep up the good work and keep inspiring. Those blogs were WRONG!!! ... we are out here and we want to build it ourselves!!LOL

posted by Kay-Tee (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-09-04 14:36
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Love the visual....

Love the visual of you all geared up to pull the trigger on the nail gun :) I feel your anxiety. I am right there with you.
Thanks for taking the leap and continuing to pay it forward. Your blog, plans, sharing and giving spirit make the world better!

Sandy

posted by smithnstuff | on Sun, 2011-09-04 14:47
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Yay!!

New little somethin' to look forward to on the weekends! I'll keep my saw handy.
~Love, A Teammate!

posted by tiffcampo | on Sun, 2011-09-04 16:09

Thanks for the feature!

Thanks for the blog love!! (I now know to never post pictures of a messy mudroom on the internet. ;)) We're going to attempt your floating shelves tutorial this coming week-end!

posted by Michelle@decorandthedog (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-09-04 19:46

I love your headboard, but I

I love your headboard, but I don't love that it's obviously inspired by how Ana designed her squared headboard and chair, but you give no credit back to Ana. Sad.

posted by August_24 (not verified) | on Mon, 2011-09-05 13:00

Giving Credit

We honestly had no idea Ana had a square headboard or chair when we built our headboard. I just liked West Elm's bed. Designing the headboard would have been a lot easier if we had known! We always give credit where credit is due. I don't think Ana would have featured the headboard if she felt that we copied her without credit!

posted by Michelle@decorandthedog (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-09-06 18:03

Thanks for the feature!!

Wow! Thank you for featuring my ottoman! It is such an honor to be featured on your blog! Many thanks!

posted by Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-09-04 21:17

Go! Team!

Sometime ago my friend and I took a community ed shop class at the local high school once a week for maybe four years. We loved it! I was terrified with the equipment. Joiners, planers, saws of all kinds. But, I wanted to build stuff. I couldn't afford to buy a blanket chest...but I could afford the raw cherry lumber. It was my first project. And today it is the coffee table in my living room. I joined and glued those boards together, then planed and cut and created my very own beautiful bread board end top blanket chest. Yes, I did get a little help from the shop teacher. But...hey. I also made countless shelves, brackets, benches, jelly cupboards, and trees and hearts and who knows all what that became gifts for family and friends. The school sold all that wonderful old woodworking equipment. And that was the end of our fun. But, gosh...maybe I should get back and have some fun again. Even if I still shake in my shoes when I turn the saw on. The result is so worth it!! Can't wait to see the results of the linky. I know there's some talented girls out there. WooHoo!

posted by Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-09-04 21:53

Feature #2 - How to Make a Jar Shelf

Thanks for this one, Ana ...

My late father got me started on this sort of thing, dare I say nearly 50 years ago. He was a Veterinarian and had jars a bit larger than these that came with catgut suture material in preservative. After cleaning them out, they were perfect for medium sized items on the workbench.

When dad realized he had a lot of much smaller items for which these jars were overkill, he started another row using baby food jars.

The great thing about these in either kitchen or workshop is that you can get the jar down and get at the contents with one hand ... :-)

Blessings!

posted by Brian Forbes Colgate (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-09-04 22:59
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Jar shelf...

My dad, who was self employed as a adding machine (this was LONG before calculators) and typewriter (and this was LONG before even electric typewriters or computers) repair man. Spare parts were extremely hard to come by or were horribly expensive. So he had a spare part area in our basement of unrepairable machines. One of my jobs as a kid was to disassemble unrepairable machines and keep all the parts. Lots of the parts were tiny screws and springs, all kinds of tiny stuff like that. So he came up with a storage system that used jars. Tiny jars like baby food jars, big jars like mayo jars, etc. He went one step further that Feature #2, he put the jars on a rotating 4x4 that hung from the bottom of the shelf above. So he would have 4 sets of jars on each hanger that you could just turn, see the contents of the jar, match it, unscrew the jar and add in your piece. He had like 6 sets of the rotating jars like that, all filled with tiny parts. He hung them from the shelf above so that you still had the work area of the shelf below to set the open jar, etc. He made his shelf units from 2x4's and lag bolts, strong but also disasembable (if thats a word). You could probably park a car on them, they were so strong. Anyway Ana, this idea is cool, featuring other builders. You never cease to suprise me.. What a Lady..


posted by bcubed | on Mon, 2011-09-05 09:21
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Thank you everyone, really

Thank you everyone, really enjoyed reading the last two comments about the jar shelves especially! Thanks for your positive feedback - looking forward to sharing the love for building every weekend!

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2011-09-06 01:24
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Love this series!

What a great idea. I really love that ottoman, wish I could squeeze it into my tiny living room.

posted by katiemfree | on Mon, 2011-09-12 07:30

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