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September 23, 2012 |

Thank you for all the beautiful letters you have written me over my years of blogging. I truly love building, and DIY furniture is my calling. 

But sometimes, especially times when challenges come along or the work load gets to great for me, I feel down and loose confidence. Your letters have kept me inspired and excited about what I do, and have encouraged me to keep going. I so appreciate every single letter that has been sent to me. 

I am so sad that your letters can get lost in my inbox, and sometimes, when I'm especially busy - just when I need your letters the most - I don't get a chance to read or respond and your letters get lost among thousands of other emails. This is heartbreaking for me. 

So I wanted to create a place where everyone can see the beautiful words you write, and where I can go for encouragement and inspiration when things get tough, or just when I need a smile. Thank you for caring enough to write! 

This is a positive comment thread, so any negative responses will be promptly removed.

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I'm so happy for you and your family. I'm sorry about the morning sickness-that is never fun. But, yay for babies!!!! I also just want to say (again), thank you for this site!! I have made so many wonderful pieces of furniture-I'm working on the brag posts. And I've been able to save so much money on furniture. My husband and I love this as a project together. So, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! And congrats again!!


posted by shastacoke | on Thu, 2013-06-13 20:54

Support slats for beds...

I had a thought while I was perusing your AWESOME Queen bed plans (trying to decide which one I want to attempt!): I was reminded of a roommate from my single days who had a queen sized bed with a really cool removable slat system. Smaller, thinner boards of wood (reminiscent of plaster slats), placed more closely together (1" apart), are held in position with 3 strips of canvas strapping run down the centers and about 6" from the outer edges and held in place with flat furniture tacks. It kinda looked like a gigantic bamboo sushi roller! But that made it so easy to pack up and move... once you lifted off the mattress, you could just roll up the support portion, remove it and then disassemble the frame.

Just food for thought. I'm thinking I might try making that type of support system for our bed... but {shrug} I dunno... I'm not fully committed. ^_^ thanks for all you do!

posted by SowsEar | on Sun, 2013-06-09 20:39
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Congrats on the upcoming addition to your lovely family.


posted by Mrs H | on Tue, 2013-06-04 17:44

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It's hard to really tell what the colors look like online of course. I can't post a comment for Jacob and Grace on Jacob's post (I just registered) but I wanted to make a suggestion. The cold tone of winter light makes the cool blue/violet paint color not my choice. A light color is advisable, to maximize light in the winter, but the color needs to also be warm and cozy - so I voted for the taupe color, guessing it is cozy in real life. I love following the Momplex blog!

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posted by roger1122 | on Tue, 2013-05-14 03:54

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Hi Ana!

Thank you so much for this site and all the wonderful plans.

When I was a little girl we were quite broke as my parents struggled to pay their mortgage. My mom made my sister and I beds. They were nothing as fancy as what you have on your site, but I remember thinking they were the greatest things ever because my mommy made them.

Our television broke recently, and the new one didn't quite fit on the TV stand and I was worried it would get knocked off. I couldn't stand the thought of paying $300 for a plastic and metal television stand that I didn't even like. I said "I can make one cheaper than that!" so I found plans and I did it. I had so much fun I wanted to make more things.

That was only about a month ago. Since then my oldest daughter moved out and was going to pay $150 for a really cheap table and chairs that looked like they wouldn't last more than a week. I said "I can do better" and I did (she will take it home with her tomorrow after she visits for mother's day). And I made my other daughter a new bed this weekend.

I have spent every weekend in the garage, usually for most of the day. I am covered in saw dust all the time. I am having so much fun!

My mom taught me that I can do anything. You gave me plans to make that possible.

Thanks so much!

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Your site is so liberating and amazing. I can finally build things with confidence because of your site with the plans and information laid out so clearly and in real english! I've gotten to use all the power tools that I've always wanted to use and I love it! Miter saw and Kreg Jig are my favorites, and in the last two weeks I've built the twin storage daybed and the dog kennel. I modified the dog kennel by adding peg board to the sides so my Afghan hound could have better air flow with her long hair and rubber truck bed flooring to the bottom so she could do her scratching thing without getting splinters in her feet. She loves being able to go into her "cave" and I like knowing she can't get hurt. Thank you so much for the plans and I'm excited to move on to the next project.

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posted by mrniraj1 | on Thu, 2013-05-02 02:15

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I know this is a little off topic for you, but I am desperately in need of some tree house plans. Easy to follow, basic, plans that a mom who desperately loves her boys can build. I love Ana's plans. I can build what she designs. Can anyone help me? I have been inspired by this site and have projects in the works. But really, my most needed project is for my boys and I am helpless when it comes to this. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

posted by c-e-fogus | on Tue, 2013-04-23 17:01

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Hi Ana,

I came across your blog while researching my Thesis for my Pre-Design Graduate Project at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online. I know that you're a busy woman but I was hoping that you might consider being my mentor for my Thesis Project and giving me some useful feedback and critiques on my research concerning creating Sustainable design options for urban apartment dwellers and small space occupants. For my senior project I plan on building the Restoration Hardware inspired Printmakers Sideboard from the plan that you created for Jan Woodhouse. You're such an inspiration. I hope that you have the time to look over my work. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Cordia Lathan
Dallas, Texas
Student, Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online


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I am in love with the quilt that is in the picture on the right hand side of your page. Where is this quilt sold? My husband and I are going to be building the farmhouse bed and i would love for that quilt to finish off the room. Thank you!

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posted by siblek31 | on Mon, 2013-04-22 22:35
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Hi Ana,

Your site has given me SO many ideas (and my husband heart palpitations...) but I'm stymied. My hubby and I are AVID bibliophiles and have...well...a LOT of books. Most bookshelves are 11-14 inches deep, which is a lot deeper than we need for hardbacks, and paperbacks are even worse. Those are only about five inches deep and they get lost on standard bookshelves (to say nothing of leaving a lot of space to gather dust...). Do you have any plans for DVD/paperback shelves, and shelves that aren't so deep for paperbacks shelves? I know they'd have to be attached to the wall with all the weight and that's fine, we just want something that's not going to leave our books looking puny. Thank you so much for your inspiration and creativity!

posted by SoldierGrrrl | on Mon, 2013-04-08 15:34

Get Boards to fit

I read your post. You can probably take any simple book shelf plan and customize it for your books. You could use 1X8's for the sides and shelves which are actually 7.5 inches wide. Or you could use 1X6's which are actually 5.5 inches wide. Then you could trim them out however you wanted. Those boards are pretty inexpensive if you buy pine at some where like Home Depot. You could brace them underneath or use pocket holes to attach the shelves in place. It's just a thought. Hope you find some great plans!

posted by c-e-fogus | on Tue, 2013-04-23 17:07

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Hello Ana,

I have prepared a sketchup model of a futon bed and want you to have a look at it if its going to work properly before I start on to the project. If i may have your email address I will email you the sketchup file and you can have a look at it

Kind Regards

posted by kagazwala | on Fri, 2013-03-29 22:57

i use your plans for mobile home built ins

I look at knock off and the emails updates everyday. I haven't signed in for a long time. I don't have a camera, but I have a friend who is going to take some pictures and put them on here for me. I live in a mobile home and there is nothing square or level here. I have to build it on the walls, not build it and stand it up, cause it tilts and sways if I do. I put cupboards all along the front of my living room and two cupboards next to the in the wall air conditioner and I am now building floor to ceiling wall ledges for canned goods in my hall way. I love seeing gracie grow up on here and how big she is getting. Well, till next time. Thank you so much for the inspiration for this senior citizen in Florida.
Jodi Benson


posted by eledyce | on Sun, 2013-03-24 12:22
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Ana! THANK YOU! From my husband and I for all of these great free plans! We are planning on making the cedar fence board raised beds and shed, kids picnic bench, kids play kitchen, potting bench, and oh so much more! I have found your posts very helpful, and I mentioned you in my very first post of my new blog. You have awakened a great passion in me to build, yay!



posted by Sunshine on the... | on Wed, 2013-03-20 23:45

Teal Headboard

Hi! Stumbled upon this website and instantly fell in love with all of the fun projects! I want to make the Teal Queen Headboard but have a Cal King bed. Do you have instructions for the Cal King size?

posted by woogies92 | on Wed, 2013-03-20 15:58
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posted by mika2000 | on Tue, 2013-03-19 01:23

Happy St.Patricks Day from Ireland.

I want to wish a Happy St.Patricks Day (La Fheile Padraig) to you, Grace and the Ram from Ireland. Sending warm warm wishes, and to thank you for being you. You will never know the many homes and hearts you touch. I feel I know you, but we have never met. our worlds are so different, but very much the same.

Thank you for everything

posted by playschooldiy | on Fri, 2013-03-15 11:53

Thank You

Ana, thank you for featuring the Rolling Shoe Storage in your first electronic newsletter! What an amazing surprise to see your newsletter and my rolling shoe storage! I am honored and grateful. Thank you! :D

Ana, thank you for all that you do! Seriously! My mom was a cabinet worker, and at the time she had to struggle to find her place because she is a woman (she was the only female in her shop). Over time she proved herself. While we all may have to prove oneself, it should never be due to persons gender or anything else for that matter. It should be based on quality of work. So glad times have changed! I showed my mom your site and she was amazed! :D

Ana, I am stunned at how much you have accomplished since October 2009. You are an inspiration. Thank you for doing what you believe in. You are truly beautiful inside and out. :)

Much continued success and happiness to you and your family!

posted by BeingHome | on Tue, 2013-03-12 03:59

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Hi Ana,
Love this site and everything you do! Just wondering if you would ever make time in your obviously busy schedule to make plans for a king size version of this bed? I love it...just not for $1599!!! I know you have something somewhat similar as a headboard but on a low platform bed. It would be so great to have the plans! Thanks so much.

posted by mberry | on Sat, 2013-03-09 00:14

Wow, now that's one heft bed.

Wow, now that's one heft bed. It looks like it is made from 4x4s and 2x6s.
I just made a loft bed for my daughter out of Douglas Fir 4x4s and 2x6s/2x4s ; used 2x3s for the slats and it was extremely heavy.

I'd suggest going with one of Ana's other plans using 1X pine as it would be a lot lighter.

As far as dimensions, there are 2 different types of King size beds. You need to get the dimensions of your King box spring and build the bed to fit that, DO NOT, repeat, do not, measure your top mattress, only the box springs, otherwise, your dimensions will be off. I made that mistake and the bed was 2" too narrow.

Good luck...

posted by MrBaseball34 | on Fri, 2013-03-22 11:36
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Horizontal Full Size Murphy Bed

Thought I saw this a few years ago on your blog, but of course I didn't save any of the info.
I know you have a twin vertical, did you or anyone else have the hort. full size plans or modifications?
Would love to know....

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Crafty small children and very little space

I have three small children of my own and then I always have the nieces and nephews over and all of them are very crafty and wonderful, but I have very small space to use to be crafty in... Do you have an idea for a foldup craft desk with supply organizing shelves? Thanks so much!!

posted by MDunigan | on Sun, 2013-02-24 22:16

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Hi! I was searching the web for inspiration for a project to make for my 1st woodworking class and came across your website. It is not my new favorite site and I can't wait to make pretty much everything on here! I was starting to think that I did not like wood furniture since I wasn't really in love with most of what I saw, but your furniture and projects definitely speak to me so thank you for helping me regain my desire to do woodworking!

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posted by mika2000 | on Thu, 2013-02-21 09:56

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Love the page and have come here for so many inspirations and Ideas and have even completed a few and still have a few more to do.

Well I have about 8 cedar fence boards left over and want to make a mirror frame out of it to put in our bathroom. Any ideas on how to get the mirror to stay within the frame?


posted by jimminee2000 | on Tue, 2013-02-19 01:06
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Can't Stop

When I look at your website, I see my whole summer going up in sawdust. I made one of your headboards as my first piece of furniture from a plan. Now I want to make a large shelf unit. Thank you for making the plans easy to understand and work from. I keep thinking that I'll just make the shelf, but now I want to make the desk with all the cubby holes too. Once a person gets onto this furniture making, I wonder if there is any stopping!

posted by sawdust | on Thu, 2013-02-14 11:53
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Pardon my ignorance

Hi Ana, I am just getting started in this hobby, and I am building a twin trundle bed with storage, from your plans. I have a question and I always say the only dumb question is the one not asked. So here it is. In your plans you call for "PH" screws what does PH stand for, and should the screws be coarse or fine thread? Thanks for your help. God bless, Joe Morris.

posted by Joseph Morris | on Mon, 2013-02-11 12:55
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I thought it stood for

I thought it stood for "Phillip Head" screw.

posted by RileyMarie | on Fri, 2013-02-22 10:38
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I'm pretty sure that PH screws stands for pocket hole screws.

posted by sawdust | on Thu, 2013-02-14 11:55
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night stand ?

We are hoping you could help us with a mission project. We would like to build a simple 3 draw night stand for each child in an orphanage located in Zimbabwe, Africa. We need it to be VERY simple. We will have very few supplies/tools. Could you help us come up with a design & supply list. We will also be building simple benches to be used as pews in a church. For more information on the mission, please visit: jonathansimpact.org or on facebook at: Jonathan's Impact Orphan Ministries. Any & all help is MUCH appreciated. :)

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posted by arooj799 | on Mon, 2013-02-18 05:24

In love with your stuff

Ana, I'm amazed at what you have done with so little.

However, being a former cabinetmaker, I have found that a lot of your practices could be made TONS easier.

1. When joining boards together for, say a top to a table, please use a biscuit joiner instead of pocket screws.

2. You can order a lot of joint hardware, for attaching legs to table, etc, from Rockler, http://www.rockler.com

3. I would like to see more varied finishes and more tutorials on finishing the pieces.

posted by MrBaseball34 | on Sun, 2013-02-10 20:39

Ana - A quote for you

Ana thanks for all you do for all of us. Here is a quote (best I can remember it) by Deepak Chopra that I think you epitomize in your work: "Concentrate on success and you will have stress. Concentrate on excellence and you will have success."


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posted by tohmakhan | on Mon, 2013-02-04 10:57

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Wanted to ask a question regarding the vintage finish and it will not allow me access.
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posted by Simsd | on Fri, 2013-02-01 12:35

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