A beach cottage style dresser featuring four drawers and a narrower profile. Built by Patrick, you can read the brag post here.

Author Notes: 

Special thanks to Patrick for sharing his dresser with us. After so many of you requested plans, I'm so very grateful that I am able to share this simple dresser plan with you!

Patrick used 2x3s for the legs of his dresser (and you certainly can too) but I choose to use 2x2s just because 2x3s are not readily available to everyone. This change means that your dresser will be narrower, and you will need narrower drawer slides. I'm able to find 12" drawer slides at The Home Depot here in Alaska.

You will want the cheapo white drawer slides, the ones that cup the bottom side corners of your drawers. Reason being these drawer slides hold the bottom plywood on the drawer boxes. Make sure you visit Patrick's Brag Post here for more information on the finish and some tips on installing drawer slides.

Thanks again Patrick! Really appreciate your generosity and time!

Shopping List: 

4 - sets of 12" drawer slides
8 - knobs or handles
2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x12 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1/4" plywood @ full sheet
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
3 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 12 feet long

3 inch screws
3/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
Level
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!

Dimensions: 
Dimensions are shown above.
Cut List: 

2 - 1x12 @ 35 1/2"
2 - 1x3 @ 11 1/2" (Cut to width of your 1x12 boards)
2 - 1x2 @ 11 1/2" (Cut to width of your 1x12 boards)
4 - 2x2 @ 39"
4 - 1x3 @ 31"
4 - 1x2 @ 31"
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 35 1/2" x 34"
1 - 1x2 @ 36"
1 - 1x12 @ 36"
1 - 1x3 @ 36"

Drawers
8 - 1x6 @ 28 1/2"
8 - 1x6 @ 12 1/2"
4 - 1/4" Plywood @ 30" x 12 1/2"
4 - 1x8 @ 30 3/4"

Cutting Instructions: 
It is very important that your 1x8s measure 7 1/4" wide. If they do not, you will need to rip the 1x8s down to this size - otherwise, your drawer faces will not fit right.
Step 1: 

Use 1 1/4" finish nails and glue to attach the trim to the sides. The 1x3 goes on the bottom, 1x2 on the top. Build two of these.

Step 2 Instructions: 

The the sides, attach legs. Use either 3" screws countersunk or Kreg Jig as shown above (set for 3/4" stock, using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws). Do this on both sides.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Once the sides are built, attach 1x3s as shown above. All are flush to the outsides. Cut out a decorative pattern from the bottom front 1x3 (shown with arch shape) using jigsaw.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Now attach 1x2 stiles - be very careful here. You must leave 7 1/2" between the stiles so your drawer faces will fit just right.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Back. Adjust your project for square and tack the back on with 1" finish nails and glue.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Top. If you have a Kreg Jig, build your top as shown above using pocket holes, and then attach to the top of the dresser. If you do not have a Kreg Jig, attach supports as shown in this diagram and then use 1 1/4" finish nails and glue to attach top pieces. Overhang on front and sides is 1".

Step 7 Instructions: 

Build drawer boxes as shown above. Tack plywood to bottom. Once drawer boxes are built, use drawer slides to install drawers in the dresser. Remember, the drawer faces sits inset, so you will need to install the drawers 3/4" in from the face of the dresser (see below).

Step 8 Instructions: 

Will all drawers installed, lay dresser on it's back. Place drawer faces on drawer boxes, centering so an even gap of approximately 1/8" is on all sides of the drawer faces. Attach with a few 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. Be considerate of your hardware location when you nail.

Once drawer faces are on, pull the drawers out and attach from insides with 1 1/4" fasteners. Add hardware.

Preparation Instructions: 
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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Round Adirondack table for outdoor use. Ideal for resting between Adirondack Chairs or on it's own. Inspired by polywood furniture and llbean furniture. Create the DIY version for an affordable option!

Author Notes: 

We're back, we're home, we missed you!

Wanted to first and foremost extend a thank you to all of our readers - especially those that take time to help others out and answer questions, and those that post to our brag board - you don't know how much your time helps!

As any blogger will tell you, when you blog about something you love, it tends to consume your life. Finding that balance between family, friends, and doing something that is not productive in any sense, has been a great challenge for me. I tell you, it's not uncommon for me to wake up in the middle of the night and start drawing designs, or sneak out to the garage when Grandma starts reading Grace a book. I'll be the first to admit I'm a tad obsessed with DIY furniture.

So I'm positively bragging when I say we enjoyed our trip to Maui last week to the point of blistering sunburns. As reluctant as I was to go, and leave my beloved saw behind, I'm humbled to say, I needed the break. But I'm also so happy to be back!

I want to add a few more plans for outdoor furniture, things like occasional tables, storage, some planters, benches, and a hanging swing. I know we've been doing a ton of outdoor projects of late, and I like to keep things varied, but I just can't help myself, I'm so excited that summer is finally here! So bear with me, I promise, we'll be doing lots more interior projects before too long. LOTS more :)

Source: cdni.llbean.com via Ana on Pinterest


Todays plan is inspired by my Pinterest Board. Have you been to Pinterest? It's so so inspiring! Oh, the things we are going to build!

Shopping List: 

2 - 1x4 Boards, 10 feet long (cedar or other weather resistant species recommended)
3 - 1x2 Boards, 8 feet long (cedar or other weather resistant species recommended)
Use galvanized hardware. Instead of screws, bolts may be used, enabling the table to disassemble for winter storage.

1 1/4 inch screws
2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
Level
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!

Dimensions: 
Cut List: 

2 - 1x4 @ 31 1/2"
2 - 1x4 @ 30 7/16"
2 - 1x4 @ 27 1/16"
2 - 1x4 @ 20"
2 - 1x2 @ 29 3/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 23 1/2"
2 - 1x2 @ 3 1/2"
4 - 1x2 @ 30" (Both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, parallel ends)
2 - 1x2 @ 17 1/2"

Step 1: 

Start in the center and attach the tabletop supports to the underside of tabletop with 1 1/4" screws and glue. Use the diagram above to help you find the centers of the supports and tabletop boards. Then work you way outwards, leaving a 1/2" gap between tabletop boards.

When all boards are screw to supports, use a string held in the center of the table and to a pencil to draw circle shape as shown above. Cut out circle shape with jigsaw. Sand edges until smooth and even.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Lay the legs supports on the underside of the table as shown above. Use 2" screws and glue to attach supports to underside of table. Round corners to give the table a softer look as shown in diagram.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Round corners of spacers and attach to legs supports as shown above. Use 1 1/4" fasteners and glue.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Attach legs to the tabletop as shown above. Use 1 1/4" screws and glue.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Attach remaining legs to spacers as shown above.

Place table upright and adjust for level by resting a level on the tabletop. When the table is level, screw the two legs together as shown above.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Supports - attach base supports as shown above.

Preparation Instructions: 
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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Build your own wood sling chairs, also known as deck chairs or wood beach chairs, in a child size. Featuring removable slings for easy washing, simple styling, and easy instructions, this foldable wood beach chair is affordable and cute, perfect for a perfect day at the beach.

Author Notes: 

We've been on the beach this week, and my daughter has been enjoying her very own beach chair, also called a deck chair, sling chair, and if you were to ask me, the most simple chair ever.

I started working on this chair a few weeks ago. For a child's chair, I wanted to build something as simple and easy to use as possible, but sturdy and cute at the same time.

As it turns out, it takes a lot of time to make something this simple. In fact, I spent three days thinking about this chair, building prototype after prototype, sitting in it, having Grandma sew sling after sling . . . and finally, I believe that we have created the best child's sling chair or deck chair possible. And this is why:

Cheap to build. A couple dollars in lumber, a yard of fabric, two bolts, six washers. A three foot long dowel. Each chair in totally should run you under $10. Build four, and you've saved $200 from Pottery Barn Kid's Sling chairs.

Fast. You won't believe how easy to build these chairs are! We built all four in about an hour. Grace's Grandma sewed the slings, and she estimates each sling to take about twenty minutes to sew.
 

 

 Simple. I spent hours and hours trying to create a means for these chairs to open simply, without latches or catches or other things that might discourage a toddler from using the chair. This chair simply folds open, and that's it. When your done, it folds flat.

Removable slings. Beach chair + Kids = must have easy to remove slings. With this chair, we used dowels so that keeping the fabric fresh and clean is fun and easy to do. Just remove the dowels, and the slings are free to wash or change!

The Ram sat in it. And Grace climbed on top. I'm not putting the weight limit at 250 pounds, but the little chair did hold up to it!

Shopping List: 

2 - 1/4" bolts, 2" long
2 - 1/4" nuts
6 - washers for bolts
1 - 36" long 1/2" dowel
2 - 1x2s, 8 feet long
1 yard outdoor fabric
thread and sewing notions

2 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
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!

Dimensions: 
Cut List: 

Back Frame
2 - 1x2 @ 32"
1 - 1x2 @ 19"
2 - 1x2 @ 17 1/2"

Seat Frame
3 - 1x2 @ 15 3/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 22 1/2"

Sling
1 - 1/2" Dowel @ 15 3/4"
1 - 1/2" Dowel @ 17 1/2"
2 - Outdoor Fabric @ 17" x 34"
For light colored fabrics, consider lining the sling with Muslim cut to the same size.

Step 1: 

Backrest Frame. Build the backrest frame as shown above. We used glue and 2" finish nails to assemble, but you can also use the Kreg Jig, or countersunk screws. I found pocket hole screws on the tops slats was a little much for the wood and caused the wood to split, so we went the nails route. Just don't forget the glue.

Use a 1/4" drill bit to drill holes.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Now build the second frame as shown above. Drill holes as shown with a 1/4" drill bit.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Line the smaller sling up with the larger, as shown above, so holes are aligned. Slide bolt through, with a washer on each end of the bolt, and one in between the two wood frames (to protect your paint job). Tighten washers.

Step 4 Instructions: 

And let'er fold open!

Now it's time to do a little bit of sewing.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Special thanks to Grace's Grandma for sewing these slings :)

Cut fabric into two squares, 16 1/2" x 34".

With right sides together, and using a 1/4” seam, stitch around entire rectangle, leaving a 5” opening on one long side.

Clip corners and turn project inside out.

Slip stitch opening closed.

Finger press or iron project so edges are fully expanded and no edges are tucked inside.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Using a larger stitch length, topstitch edges along both (long) sides only. A decorative stitch is optional. Finish edges by tucking thread into project.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Fold bottom and top over 1 1/2” to create “sleeves.”

Topstitch using same seam allowance as on the sides.

Finish edges by tucking thread into project.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Weave sling into chair and insert dowels into sleeves.

Step 9 Instructions: 

One more photo so you can see how the sling attaches.

Step 10 Instructions: 

Enjoy your day at the beach.

Step 11: 

And for those of you with a Kreg Jig :)

Preparation Instructions: 
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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