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Toddler Bunk Bed

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Pine

This project cost around $75 dollars for all the materials and paint. It took about 10 hours to complete. It is costructed of pine 2x4 with the exception of the slats which are 1x3.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Latex Semi-gloss Interior/Exterior Paint

American Girl Canopy Bed

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I built the American Girl canopy bed and closet for a family friend for Christmas. This plan was so much fun to make! I will definitely be making a few more for Christmas. I put a tutorial for the mattress I made and will be adding tutorials for the rest of the bedding on my blog tomorrow. Thanks so much!!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Primer, white pain

Apothecary Coffee Table

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Pine

I built this apothecary style coffee table with a few modifications. I wanted the drawer to actually be attached to the table itself, so I attached two 1x3s (one on the front and one on the back) from the bottom inside of one side to the other, if that makes sense. I also attached a 1x3 to the bottom inside of each side vertically between the other added 1x3s for extra drawer support. I used my kreg jig for all of this. I then added drawer slides. I attached the casters to the new added bottom frame where the vertical and horizontal 2x3s meet and viola...an apothecary coffee table with a sliding drawer. I also added a planked back using some extra 1x4s I had in the shop. I wish I had taken a picture of the back, but I forgot! I am horrible at remembering to photograph all my projects, and this table has since gone on to be with a happy home!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
The top was stained with Kona from Rustoleum and heavily sanded for a distressed look. The rest was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emporer's Silk then distressed and finished with Annie Sloan dark wax to darken and age the red (which was quite bright to begin with).
Estimated Cost: 
$100

Turned leg coffee table

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My first project. I made some mistakes, but was able to make it work, by adding some trim on top and 2 supports under the breadboard ends.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Golden Oak and Minwax Polyurethane

Garrett's Trundle Storage Coffee Table

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I built this coffee table after my father-in-law accidentally broke my Rooms-to-Go coffee table by sitting on it. It ended up working out pretty well in the end because now I have a place to store all the excess blankets my kids use that were piled up "neatly" in the corner behind the end table. The plans were very helpful in getting all the measurements just right but don't go into any detail on how to actually go about assembling the table. My biggest regret would be how I connected the two tabletop ends. I used wood dowels and glue. It is holding up very well and looks nice but I didn't get as snug of a fit as I would have liked. I definitely recommend using a different joining technique. This was my first project using the plans on this website and I am looking forward to my next project.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I used two coats of Minwax Kona stain and multiple coats of polyurethane to seal it and give it a smooth surface
Estimated Cost: 
$100

12' x 4.5' Custom Ash Table based off X table plans

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I used Ash wood from my local woodworking shop. The wood varied in width but is a true 2" thick. The table is 12' long and 4.5' wide. I didn't see the need in having the X on the leg ends as the ash was plenty strong enough to hold the top planks. Plus, I really like the look without it. I did add a cantilever beam in the center to stop sag. I didn't feel like I needed diagonal bracing in the center to support the cantilever beam (Note: Original design has center diagonal supports in wrong direction which do nothing for structural integrity of table). The table top planks were strong enough to span an 8' distance. The table top over hangs each end by 2' on center. I left the wood as rough cut as possible. I did rough it up a little more. I sanded with a #36 grit only to sand off writing, dirt, and burrs. I stained with MinWax Early American and sealed with Satin Poly by MinWax. Feel free to ask any questions. This is my 2nd wood project and I am hooked.

Ash
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
MinWax Early American MinWax Satin Poly
Estimated Cost: 
$1000 (wood has skyrocketed but this table would cost $7k-$9k if bought)

X Base Farmhouse Table and Benches

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modeled after the Restoration Hardware Salvage Wood X Base Table which at this 8' table listed for $3395 just for the table. LOL

Used the Fancy x farm table plans and used all 4 x 4 on table, and followed plans for benches with 2x4

Douglas Fir
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
First stained with special walnut let dry, and then coated with weather grey, poly finish
Estimated Cost: 
350

Complete Full Sized Hailey Bed and Storage System

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This project was our largest build to date, but the outcome was definitely worth the sweat! The build went relatively fast between my mom and I. I had a little problem assembling the tower bases, but we'll blame the 108 degree heat on my inability to figure out where to place my Kreg holes! I included a picture of how I did the tower base, in case anyone else runs into the same issue.

To accommodate for our base boards we added furring strips to the wall to bring all of the pieces flush. The hutch is secured into the studs with multiple L-brackets and so are the towers.

Finishing was very time consuming, but we'll worth the end result and look on my daughter's face! This system provides an incredible amount of storage. Thank you so much for the plans Ana!

MDF, pine and beadboard
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
*All visible edges of the MDF were sealed with a mixture of white school glue & water, sanded and repeated until they were smooth. *3 very light coats of Zinsser oil based primer with a foam roller, sanding between each coat *2 coats of Behr Hi-Gloss lacquer in off the shelf white. Finishing was definitely the most time consuming part of the project.
Estimated Cost: 
$350

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