Emmie Storage Bench

DIY storage bench from one sheet of plywood!

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Hello DIY Friends!!!

My sister has got just one month to go before my newest niece arrives! We are all very excited and can't wait to meet her!

But before new baby comes, my sister wanted to create storage for bigger sister, 20 month old Emmie. Something that a toddler could use to put her own toys and books away, and also climb on visitors could sit on for extra seating.

So with a month to go before new baby arrives, my sister bought a single sheet of plywood, and had the store rip it into three pieces, each 15-3/4" wide x 8 feet long. Then she took one of those strips, and had it cross cut into 6 pieces, each 12" long (see step 1 diagram for more information). That way she didn't have to use a table saw while pregnant, and the pieces are light and easy to manage and transport without a truck.

Then she just screwed the boards together with her Kreg Jig, stained it up, and added some $6 Target baskets and an animal and tree wall decal set for just $8
, and for about a TOTAL of $100 - she made this!



Emmie loves the bench because she can climb on it. She also likes to put her own toys away in the baskets. And it's a great little spot to read a book or two (or ten) before bedtime.

I'm so thrilled that I get to share these plans with you! Enjoy!

XO Ana + Family

Shopping List: 

1 - sheet of 3/4" thick plywood, ripped into strips 15-3/4" wide x 8 feet long
(36) Fine Thread 1-1/4" pocket hole screws
Stain or paint
Wood glue

OPTIONAL BACK
1 sheet of 1/4" thick plywood or other sheet goods
3/4" long nails to fit your finish nailer or staples

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measuring tape
square
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
sander
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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Dimensions shown above. NOTE: For standard bench height cut dividers at 16" instead of 12"
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2 - 3/4" plywood 15-3/4" wide x 8 feet long
6 - 3/4" plywood 15-3/4" wide x 12" long

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Cut the plywood into strips 8 feet long x 15-3/4" wide. Discard the remaining scrap piece.
From one of the strips, cut 6 dividers, 12" long.

NOTE: If you wish to conceal front plywood edges, apply with an iron edge banding to the front of each of the plywood pieces.

NOTE: For true bench height, cut the dividers instead at 15-3/4"long.

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Drill (3) 3/4" pocket holes on each end of each divider (6 total per divider).

Attach to top and bottom with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

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Attach 1/4" plywood to back for structure and stability (optional). Must be done if you do not attach with pocket hole screws to prevent project from racking to the side.

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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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Metal and Wood Wall Organizer - Feature from Wood Grain Cottage

DIY metal and wood wall organizer

Author Notes: 

Hi Everyone! 

We are lucky enough to get an extra day off this Labor Day weekend (thanks Grace's school!), so we are still out camping slash trying to fill the freezer slash gorging ourselves on marshmallows and potato chips.

With school back in session, the piles of papers are just out of control around our house. I've been working myself on a new wall organizing system (coming soon!), but came across this awesome tutorial from The Wood Grained Cottage for a sheet metal and wood wall organizer while researching ideas, and it was just too good to not share!

Doesn't this beautiful handmade organizer make even paying bills attractive?

I adore the little wood bins too!

I love how The Wood Grained Cottage used a standard sheet of sheet metal for the back, and just trimmed it in wood.  I'm always a sucker for a project that works with your materials.

You'll have to check out the full tutorial (it's really nicely done!) from The Wood Grained Cottage.

Have a great day!

XO Ana + Family

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Modern Wood Floor Lamp from a 1x2

DIY Modern Wood Floor Lamp from a 1x2 - super easy DIY Project! From ana-white.com

Author Notes: 

Hi everyone!  

Behold the power of the 1x2!

All 25 Watts, Edison style.

Toliy's been wanting to make a floor lamp, so I challenged him to come up with a design using a single 1x2 board for the majority of the project.

He also used a scrap piece of 2x8 board (about 1 foot long), some L brackets and bolts with washers and nuts.

We also ended up ordering a new corded light bulb from Etsy 

Because I may or may not have gotten greedy and claimed this project for my own living room ... 

The 1x2 is cut into two pieces, at about the 1/3 point (ends up being about a 32" piece and a 64" piece but exact length is not required).

The two pieces are clamped together and a hole sized for the bolts is drilled through both 1x2 pieces, a few inches from the ends of the 1x2s.

By drilling both at the same time, the overhang on the end of the light is the same.

Then the two 1x2s will get bolted together with a bolt, through the whole that was just drilled, but first,

All the wood pieces are stained -

We used RustOleum Early American, one coat applied with a foam brush.

Now back to that bolt.  

On the opposite end of the longer 1x2, the L brackets are used to attach the longer 1x2 to the 2x8 scrap piece.  The bigger your base piece (we used the 2x8) the more solid the lamp will be.  We liked the smaller base, and decided to stack books (see photos below) to add weight which increases stability.

L brackets to base,

Bolt holding the two 1x2s together in the middle,

Remaining L bracket at tip of shorter 1x2 (the L brackets came in a packet of 4, so we decided to use on up on the end to hold the light cord in place, but a simple hole drilled through the 1x2 would have done the trick as well),

Light bulb on the end of the cord ...

The wood stand part can be easily adjusted at both the base and the middle bolt,

So the lamp can shine from the floor to the ceiling and anywhere in between.

Whether you wrap the cord, go brass, or bright pink, stack the books, or add a wire cage, we hope you love this little DIY Modern Wood Lamp project as much as we do!

Enjoy, and share how you modify this simple plan if you build please!

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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