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build a mail sorter from a 1x10 board - plans from Ana-White.com

Wood Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

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Wood Mail Sorter with Key Hooks
Wood Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

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Author Notes: 

Hi everyone!  I'm so thrilled today to debut a new friend and her project!  

Meet Candace who blogs at Vintage News Junkie!

You may recognize some of Candace's projects ....

Shutters from IKEA bed slats (or 1x3s if you prefer!)

Or her pallet wall ... not made from pallets.

And today, Candace is sharing a brand new project with you!!!

It's a mail sorter!!!  

Complete with key hooks!

All made from a 1x10 board!  How sweet is that?

Here's from Candace:

I searched high and low for a mail sorter to meet my needs and couldn't find one! I scoured the web before deciding to venture out and build my own! While I was able to build the sorter rather easily, and even do a VIDEO TUTORIAL, putting together a plan that others could follow wasn't so easy! That's when I emailed the pro for a set of easy to follow plans! 

This mail sorter is perfect for any style! It's distressed and worn, which works well for a vintage rustic style... and yet it has the shape and feel of a modern Pottery Barn piece. It's the perfect catch-all for mail and even has a cute spot for your keys!!

And not only did Candace make a very stylish and useful mail sorter - Candace put her Emmy to use and made a video tutorial - Check it out!

The plans follow, but before you get to the plans, please take a second to visit Vintage News Junkie and read Candace's building post and get all the details from her!

Thanks Candace!

Enjoy the plans!

XO Ana + FAM

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Wood Mail Sorter with Key Hooks
Dimensions: 
The completed mail sorter measures 36" tall by 9¼" wide.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1- 1 x 10 x 8' whitewood board

3- 3/8" x 2" x 36" whitewood strip or wood lath

3 coat hooks

1 sawtooth hook (hanger)

Stain

wood glue
wood filler
Tools: 
measuring tape
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

1 - 1x10 @ 36" (back of sorter)
3 - 1x10 @ 7" (front facing)
6 - 1x10 cut at 22-1/2 degrees - see step 1 (triangle braces)
7 - 1-1/2" wide wood lath or other wood @ 9-1/4" (long trim)
7 - 1-1/2" wide wood lath or other wood @ 4" (short trim)
1 - 1-1/2" wide wood lath or other wood @ 9-1/4" (top trim)

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!

Step 1

Wood Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

From the 1x10 angled boards, trim off as shown in diagram to get the angled pieces.

Step 2

Wood Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

Attach the triangle braces to the back of all of the facings. These will be the mail slots. Attach using wood glue and nailer.

Step 3

Wood Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

Attach framing to the front of each mail slot. Again, with wood glue and nailer.

Step 4

Wood Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

Attach wood lath with short nails to front pieces. Attach longer pieces first, and then measure and cut to fit the shorter pieces.

Step 5

Wood Mail Sorter with Key Hooks

Attach top decorative piece.

Attach sawtooth hanger to back and hooks to bottom.

Finishing Instructions

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.

Owens Nightstand

February 26, 2014 |
posted by Ana White

Make bedside tables inspired by Pottery Barn Kids Owen nightstand. Plans by Ana-White.com

Owens Nightstand

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Owens Nightstand
Owens Nightstand
Owens Nightstand
Owens Nightstand
Owens Nightstand

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Author Notes: 

Happy Friday!!!

Super sweet plan treat for you all today!!!

Remember last week when Jaime from That's My Letter and I teamed up to get you a step by step tutorial to make this pipe and wood slat bed?

Well, wouldn't that bed look just nice with a matching bedside table?

Jaime and I thought so too, so we teamed up once again to get you matching bedside table plans!

Of course, step by step plans follow - so check them out below!

But before we get to the plans, please take a second to read Jaime's building post here for lots more tips, tricks and photos.

Thanks Jaime!

Enjoy the plans!

XO Ana + FAM

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Owens Nightstand
Dimensions: 
Dimensions shown above

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long (cut 2@2”2 and 3@16-1/4” out of each)
1 - 1x8 @ 10 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
5 - 48” wood lath pieces (1-1/2” x 3/8”)*
1 - 1x6 or 1x4 @ 10 feet long (for drawer boxes)
1/2 sheet of 1/4” pine plywood
2 - 16” drawer slides (euro style or undermount)
2 knobs or handles
1-1/4” and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
1-1/4” nails or staples

*Jaime used these wood lath pieces

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
compound miter saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

4 - 1x8 @ 19-1/2” (side panels)
6 - 1x2 @ 14-1/2” (cut to fit - side panel trim)
4 - 2x2 @ 22” (legs)
6 - 2x2 @ 16-1/4” (front/back supports)
6 - 1-1/2” x 3/8” wood lath pieces - cut to fit for side panels
3 - 1-1/2” x 3/8” wood lath pieces - cut to fit for front trim
1 - 1/4” plywood 18” x 20” (top)
1 - 1/4” plywood 19-1/2” x 19-1/4” (back)

DRAWERS (for 1/2” clearance on sides)
4 - 1x6 @ 16”
4 - 1x6 @ 13-3/4”
2 - 1x8 @ 16”
2 - 1/4” plywood @ 15-1/4” x 16”

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!

Step 1

Owens Nightstand

Attach the 1x8 boards to the 1x2 trim with 1-1/4" finish nails and glue. Make sure everything is square.

NOTE: With the Kreg jig, you may wish to do step 2 (attach 1x2s to the 2x2 legs) first, then add the 1x8s second.

Step 2

Owens Nightstand

Attach legs to the 1x8 boards - 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws are preferred.

Step 3

Owens Nightstand

Then use 1-1/2" pocket holes and 2-1/2" pocket hole screws to attach the two sides together with the 2x2s.

Step 4

Owens Nightstand

Attach wood lath pieces to the sides, over the 1x2s, with finish nails and glue.

Jaime used a stapler to attach the wood lath.

Step 5

Owens Nightstand

Attach wood lath to front as well.

Step 6

Owens Nightstand

Drawers should be cut to fit - drawer shown is for 1/2" clearance (per side) euro style drawer slides.

Step 7

Owens Nightstand

Install drawers and add drawer face.

Step 8

Owens Nightstand

Cover back and top with 1/4" plywood.

Step 9

Owens Nightstand

As added insurance, Jaime added a 1x2 support across the top.

Step 10

Owens Nightstand

For more details on the finish and building tips, please visit Jaime here.

Finishing Instructions

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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free plans for large octagon table with pedestal base and truss supports from Ana-White.com

Benchmark Octagon Table

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Benchmark Octagon Table
Benchmark Octagon Table
Benchmark Octagon Table

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Author Notes: 

You are really going to love what we have in store for you today! My dear friend Ashley from Shanty2Chic just moved into a new house - and instead of moving her furniture, she's going the DIY route!  Here's the first of many to come ...

So beautiful!

Here's from Ashley:

 I’m so excited about this table.  We just moved into our new home and because I knew that I would want to build new furniture for this house, we decided to sell our old furniture instead of moving it.  This table is the very first piece of furniture that I have built for our new house and it was very quick and easy!  It may look a little intimidating, with all of the angle cuts, but if you have the right tools it’s a piece of cake! 

I was not only surprised at how quick it was to put together but I was SHOCKED by the price tag - $110 for a table that will seat 6!!  I love how great it fits in my breakfast nook, we really needed a round table for the space and Ana nailed it with the octagon shape! It makes such a statement in our home!  Thank you so much Ana!

Of course, we are sharing the same plans Ashley used to build this table below - but before we get to the plans, please take a second to check out Ashley's building post for lots more photos, building tips, and to find out what type of finish she used!

Thanks Ashley!

Enjoy the plans!

XO Ana + FAM

Dimensions

Dimensions: 
Benchmark Octagon Table
Dimensions: 
Dimensions shown above

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

7 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long (cut longest first)
2- 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 - 2x6 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 6 feet long
1 - 2x8 @ 6 feet long
2 - 2x3 @ 8 feet long
screws and nails

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
nailer
sander

Cut List

Cut List: 

BASE PIECES
4 - 1x6 @ 5-1/4" (long point measurment, one end cut at 30 degree bevel)
2 - 1x6 @ 18-1/2" (long point measurmenet, one end cut at 30 degree bevel)
2 - 2x6 @ 18-1/8" (long point measurmenet, one end cut at 45 degree bevel)
2 - 1x6 @ 16-1/8"
1 - 1x6 @ 44" (long point measurmenet, both ends cut at 30 degree bevel)
1 - 2x6 @ 43-1/8" (long point measurmenet, both ends cut at 45 degree bevel)
1 - 1x6 @ 39-1/8"

CENTER PEDESTAL
2 - 1x8 @ 27-3/4"
1 - 1x8 @ 5-1/2" (cut to width of 1x6s)
2 - 1x6 @ 24"
2 - 2x6 @ 23 1/4"
1 - 2x8 @ 52"

TABELTOP
4 - 1x6 @ 56-1/2"
2 - 1x6 @ 56-1/2" CUT TO FIT!!! (long point to long point, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square)
2 - 1x6 @ 45-1/2" CUT TO FIT!!! (long point to long point, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square)
2 - 1x6 @ 34-1/2" CUT TO FIT!!! (long point to long point, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square)

CUT 2x2 trim pieces to fit

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!

Step 1

Benchmark Octagon Table

Start by building the two shorter feet - use glue when nailing.

Step 2

Benchmark Octagon Table

Then attach to uprights that make up the pedestal.

Step 3

Benchmark Octagon Table

You'll want the center of the pedestal to sit on the floor, so that's why we do this. Attach the two shorter feet pieces together.

Step 4

Benchmark Octagon Table

Now build the longer, continuous leg piece that makes up the remaining two feet.

Step 5

Benchmark Octagon Table

Now place the longer feet section inside the pedestal - starting to look like a table base!!!

Step 6

Benchmark Octagon Table

And then attach the remaining pedestal pieces.

Step 7

Benchmark Octagon Table

Build the top support base and attach to top of pedestal.

Step 8

Benchmark Octagon Table

Build your tabletop - cut each angled piece to fit.

Step 9

Benchmark Octagon Table

Trim the tabletop out with 2x2s, and then attach the top to the base.

Step 10

Benchmark Octagon Table

Add the cross supports underneath.

If you saw won't cut a 55 degree bevel, you can alter the bevel down to what your saw will cut (ie 40/50 or 45/45 instead of the 35/55).

And that's it!!!

Step 11

Benchmark Octagon Table

For more details on the finish, more photos, and for building tips, please visit Ashley at Shanty2Chic.

Finishing Instructions

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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