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Henry Desk

March 7, 2014 |
posted by Ana White

Workbench style desk plans - free from Ana-White.com

Henry Desk

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Henry Desk
Henry Desk
Henry Desk
Henry Desk
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Author Notes: 

Hi everyone and Happy Friday!!!

You know that feeling of anticipation and excitement, after you finish a project, and you finally get to show it off?

Yep, that's me, right now!  In between working on a Momplex, raising a newborn and a first grader, blogging, and something else I can't quite divulge just yet, I made a new desk!!!

It's got that workbench feel, perfect for anyone out there who'd rather any day be in the shop or garage working, than at their desk.  

Special thanks of course to 2x6 lumber and 1x whitewood boards.  

This desk is of course inspired by the Pottery Barn Hendrix Desk and workbenches everywhere.  I spent about $50 on lumber, and then another $15 on the hardware.

Instead of a vise, I used pipe parts and a wooden dowel to give the desk even more workbench character.  I used 1/2" fittings - there's a floor plate, double threaded nipple and a T with two 1/2" dowels threaded into the T.

I went back and forth on adding the drawer, and since the drawer would have ended up about 1-1/2" deep, I scrapped it (but you could still put one in easily).  I'm more of a pens and pencils in an old coffee can kinda gal.

To add extra detail to the construction, I used my Ryobi AirStrike stapler - seriously, that tool is awesome!

I will never forget the first time I used the AirStrike nailer (same tool, just shoots a finish nail instead of a staple).  Instant love.  No more noisy air compressors or dragging a hose around the house.

The stapler shares the same battery as my Ryobi AirStrike nailer and drills and sander, so no need to invest in tons of batteries or chargers.  

I'm super proud to use and recommend Ryobi tools - they are innovative, they work well, they last, and they are budget friendly.  Plus, Ryobi supports tool owners through their Ryobi Nation website where you can win big prizes by sharing your projects (and get inspired checking out other projects!).  

This month, Ryobi Nation is giving away up to $500 in tools!  Somebody is gonna win!

Gotta get them started right!

I'm a member of Ryobi Nation, and this year, I'll be sharing some of my projects on the Ryobi Nation site, and this workbench desk if the first!

So head on over to download these free plans here!

Enjoy the plans!

Have a great weekend!

XO Ana + Family

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!

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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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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