Portable Workbench Feature from The Rogue Engineer

Portable workbench with lots of storage feature from The Rogue Engineer

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I can't tell you how many times I've looked at this project table and thought .... I should simplify the design and make a garage work table like it.

Enough times where I actually went to the sketch board and drew one out -

So you would just make two quick bookshelves out of 1x12s, then attach together with 2x4s, adn throw a plywood top and caster wheels on.  You'd probably need a little framing between the 2x4s too.  

And then my friend The Rogue Engineer posted this plan -

That pretty much rocked!  The paper roll, the adjustable shelves, the center divider for support.  @Jamison ... can I humbly mutter "great minds think alike?" 

So go check these plans out from The Rogue Engineer.  Jamison does an outstanding job creating plans that just gotta be shared!

Have a great one!

Ana

 

CLICK HERE FOR PLANS

 

 

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Wood Baby Gym

Diy wood baby gym plans

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Well this is it folks!!!

 

The final Handmade Holiday Plan for 2014!!!

 

Just in case for some crazy reason you have no idea what we are talking about, my friend Jaime from That's My Letter teamed up this year to bring you a new holiday gift plan each Friday for 12 weeks!

Please take a second to thank Jaime for her amazing work this year!!!

Here's a few of my favorites!

That Wagon.

Those Cars.

This Pram.

 

 

Who am I kidding .... Every single project from this year was my favorite!!!

Which ones were your favorites?

 

You can check out all the plans here and Jaime's building posts here.  Do it now!!!

And here's the final (and possilby my most favorite ever!) Handmade Holiday project for 2014!

Could it be???  A baby gym beautiful enough for your living room???

Jaime spent about $20 on plywood for this project - get lots more details and photos here.  You'll want to make this one!

 

And of course the plans follow - check them out below!

 

Happy Holidays!

Ana

 

PS - I'll be looking for brags and tags (I'm #anawhite or @knockoffwood and Jaime is @thatsmyletter) after Christmas morning!  Please share your projects!

 

 

Shopping List: 

1 - 24" x 48" 3/4" thick plywood
3 baby toys
4 - 2" wood screws

120 grit sandpaper
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measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
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Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

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To get all the cuts on the plywood you will need to lay them out like this. Take care when cutting.

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Layout the arch cuts and carefully cut out with a jigsaw. Use a scrolling blade.
Once you have one cut use it as a pattern for cutting the second.
Clamp the two cut pieces together and sand the edges smooth and even.

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Then layout the final piece and cut out with a jigsaw. Sand well.

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Attach the center piece to the two outside pieces with 2" screws.

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Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Vintage Style American Girl Doll Bed

Easy DIY doll bed plans, super cute and easy to make!

Author Notes: 

 

Here's how we cranked these cute little doll beds out -

Jigsawed the headboards and footboards out.  Use a good sharp blade, preferably a scrolling blade for the curved cuts at the top.  Once you get one cut you can use it as a pattern for the rest.

Once you have the headboards and footboards cut out, sand the jigsawed edges.  It will be tight getting in some spots, so consider hand sanding with just sand paper.

Another trick with arches is to round the outer edges so it's not as crisp ... and your less than perfect arch cuts aren't as distiguishable  ... not that any of my cuts are, uh, less than perfect.  Hahaha!

So once the headboards and footboards are all done and sanded, we moved on to the siderails.  The siderails are just 1x3s (what I'm using is the cheap whitewood furring strips, costing about $1.50 at good ole Orange).

We are pretty spoiled to have the Kreg Foreman automatic pocket hole machine in our shop - it is awesome.  Seriously - beg for one this Christmas.  

Since the doll beds I've made have always been immediately "tested" and jumped on and layed in by the child itself, glue is essential. 

And then we attached the aprons on the inside through the predrilled pocket holes with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  This hides all screw holes.

Flipped it over and added the footboard,

Looking cute!  Now we just need to add the mattress support slats -

Glue,

Pocket holes on the underside,

Done!  

 

NOTE: In the plans I recommend a third center support slat just for added structural support.  

 

No-Sew Mattress Tutorial

Now for the no-sew mattress tutorial -

I purchased a 22" x 22" x 2" chair pad foam insert for $7 at Joanns and cut it into three pieces to fit inside the bed.  I also cut three pieces of scrap 1/4" plywood (what you see is actually scrap wall paneling - use what you got) to fit inside the bed rails.

Then I just cut a piece of fabric about 3" bigger all the way around the foam piece.

And then layed the plywood on top of the foam, pulled the fabric around the foam and plywood and stapled on the back.  Sorry I choose white on white here - it's a little hard to see.

Aren't they cute?

 

Well, I won't keep you any longer because I know you are going to want to build a few of these!!!  Share when you are done - dying to see what paint would look like on these beds!!!!

XO Ana

 

Shopping List: 

1x3 furring strip
18" of 1x10 pine boards

Mattress - foam piece at least 19" x 8", fabric and 1/4" thick plywood or other hardboard

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

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1 - 1x10 @ 12" long
1 - 1x10 @ 6" long
2 - 1x3 @ 19" long
3 - 1x3 @ 7-3/4" long (CUT TO FIT!!!)

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On 1x10 boards, trace out pattern and cut out with jigsaw. Use a large round object to create curves.

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Attach siderails to headboard and footboard

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Attach slats 3/4" up from bottom of siderails to siderails.

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Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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