Kids Art Center Stools

DIY Kids stools that you can make with scrap wood!  Free plans by ana-white.com

Author Notes: 

Remember this one from a couple weeks back?

The amazing art center (plans here) built by Jaime from That's My Letter for our Handmade Holiday series?

Thank you for the reminder that I need to get you those stool plans!!!  What good would the perfect art table be without a matching stool?  Because we know your kids are going to want to pull up a chair and stay awhile at this art center!

You'll find the plans for this stool following, and here's a list of the related posts:

- Jaime from That's My Letter's building post with more photos and construction tips

- The plans for the art table

- All the plans in the Handmade Holiday Series

 

Enjoy the plans following!  And if you do build, please either brag photos or share on your social sites and include #anawhite in your post so we can find your photo.

XO Ana + Family

Shopping List: 

1 - 3/4" plywood scrap (13" x 13")
1 - 2x2x8
1 - 1x2x6
1 - 1x4 scrap @ 12"
 

Tools: 
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square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
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 - 3/4" plywood @ 13" x 13" (seat)
4 - 2x2 @ 11 1/4" (5 degree bevel & miter on both ends parallel, measuring short point to long point) (legs)
4 - 1x2 @ 8" (5 degree miter both ends NOT parallel, measuring short point to short point) (apron)
1 - 1x4 @ 12" (seat back)
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Take all of the legs and mark the inside corner on the top and the outside corner on the bottom.  A five degree bevel/angle can be hard to judge once you start building.

Then with inside corners on the inside, attach an apron to two of the legs.  Do this for two leg sets.  Use the 3/4" setting on your Kreg Jig and attach with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws, pocket holes are drilled in the aprons.

 

TIP: Also drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward in aprons for attaching the seat in later steps.

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Drill 3/4" pocket holes on either end of the remaining aprons (and also facing upward for attaching the top in later steps).  Attach to leg sets with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.

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Attach seat back to seat.  If you are painting, you can use pocket holes (3/4" setting with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws) but for stain, attach from underside with carefully placed and predrilled 2-1/2" screws.

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Industrial Style Storage Hutch

DIY wood and metal industrial style storage hutch

Author Notes: 

Less than 7 weeks to go!

And still plenty of time to get a handmade gift made for Christmas morning!

To refresh, for the past couple of holiday seasons, Jaime from That's My Letter and I have teamed up to deliver you a new, free gift plan every Friday in the months leading up to Christmas.

You can check out all the plans here (or just click HOLIDAY in the main menu bar above).

I hope you've been enjoying this series as much as we have this year!

So what about a hutch to put on top of an existing desk, or add some hooks to the bottom and make a coat rack?

Jaime paired hers with this DIY desk.  

This one is a pretty simple build, but the metal back and front accents really give it that extra touch.

Oh, and did I happen to mention those metal strips are magnetic?  Now that would be handy, wouldn't it?  

So here's what to do - the plans for this hutch follow, but first, please take a second to click over and check out lots more photos and building details from That's My Letter.

We'll see you back here!

Have an awesome weekend!

Ana

Shopping List: 

2 - 1x10 @ 8 feet long (cut top and shelves out of these)

1 - 1x10 @ 12 feet long (cut dividers and sides out of these)

1 - 1x3 @ 4 feet long

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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Cut List: 

2 - 1x10 @ 32-1/4"

1 - 1x10 @ 48"

3 - 1x10 @ 46-1/2"

9 - 1x10 @ 8"

1 - 1x3 @ 46-1/2"

 

 

 

Cutting Instructions: 
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Attach the sides to top and top shelf.  Use the dividers as spacers to help you attach the upper shelf in place.

These pieces can be either nailed and glued (1-1/2" long nails ideal) or pocket hole screwed. 

 

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Attach dividers with nails and glue.

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Use 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws to attach dividers to underside of shelf.

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Attach with screws or nails the lower shelf to the dividers and the sides.  I recommend pocket holes to attach to sides.

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Continue these steps to complete lower shelf.

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Attach 1x3 at base to sides.  Recommend 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws on back side.

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Faux Fireplace Mantle with Hidden Storage Cabinets

DIY Faux fireplace mantle with hidden storage!  The front is all doos - behind is all storage! Detailed plans from ana-white.com

Author Notes: 

Hello there!

So I've had this idea for quite a while to build a media console for the Momplex for Mom-who-likes-to-sew.  

My mother-in-law loves Christmas. She loves giving gifts.  She loves the grandchildren coming over to discover their gifts and even orchestrates a special appearance by Santa on Christmas Eve, delivering each child a hand picked gift.

But she has no where to hang stockings.  We did not put fireplaces in the Momplex units.

So I thought about building her a faux fireplace, like this one or this one.  

But I wanted this piece to be able to work year round, and the only place for this faux fireplace to go would be the only place to put the TV.  So I decided to design a new faux fireplace mantle - but this time, conceal behind doors lots of storage for controllers and DVDs, with the TV on top.  (For those of you asking, my mother-in-law isn't a big TV person so the high height of the TV is not an issue for her).

I think it turned out nice!

The best part is it's actually a pretty simple build.  You just build the main frame with 1x12s (or plywood strips or MDF strips if you live in a humid climate) and then the front doors are also 1x12s hinged on.  Then just add moulding to top and bottom and that's it!

I put together a video of all the steps, please check it out -

 

 

I built this project for RyobiNATION.  You can download the plans and all the steps from RyobiNATION here for free.

Please share your project when you are done!

XO Ana + Family

 

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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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