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Wall Jewelry Cabinet

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My wife has been looking for a jewelry cabinet at local antique markets so I decided to make her one for Christmas. I mostly followed the original plan but added cork in the bottom section so that she could push in earrings that can't be hung from the front.

Select Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Red Oak for the stain and Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.
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Clubhouse bed!

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This took me for-ever to build but mainly because I have an infant plus two other children. I think the actual time in hours was about 15 for the build and about the same for finish work. We modified the plans to fit my sons full size mattress. We also spent a lot on lumber because, initially, I thought I would stain but ended up painting.

Choice pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Primer and 4 (yes 4!) coats of water based paint. DO NOT use Valspar.

DIY Loft Bed

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We adjusted the plans slightly to better fit our room. Rather than an angled set of stairs leading to the platform, we replaced it with a short vertical ladder. We also increased the height of the bed to allow for another bunk in the lower section for when Callaghan outgrows his crib. Plus, we added handles to the bed which made it easier for Luke to get up and down.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Estimated Cost: 
75

Farmhouse table and benches

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My first build, farmhouse table and 2 benches. Thank you for the great plans, Ana!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum dark walnut
Estimated Cost: 
$100

Farmhouse bedside table: Project 24

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Pine and MDF

Built of these bedside tables using Ana's book. The plan was very clear to understand and the cut and supplies list took a lot the guess work out of the project. Instead of using a circular saw I used a portable Dewalt table saw. This worked extremely well, especially for cutting pieces of MDF. It is worth noting that you DO NOT want to make large cross cuts using your table saw fence. I learned the hard way with ONLY a bruised hand (and ego). Once I removed the fence from my saw the second table was built much faster and I felt safer doing it.

The only other snag in the build was not being able to find the "1x16x72" MDF. Instead I purchased a 2'x4' section for $8. I planned on painted the tables all along so the MDF was perfect. If you were going to stain the tables you would want to use some sort of hardwood (I used pine everywhere else) on the top, sides, and bottom.

Both tables were finished in a weekend (took about 3 hours each) and I spent the following weekend priming, painting, and installing the drawer slides and hardware. I would highly recommend these tables for anyone looking to get a high quality bedside table at a fraction of the cost. Thanks Ana for the plan and I look forward to my next build.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Hallman/Lindsay: All of my house paint is from here! They are fantastic, low cost, high quality, No VOC, and close to my house! Can't beat that combination.
Estimated Cost: 
$120 (including all wood, MDF, Drawer Slides, Hardware, and Paint)

Gas Pump Curio Cabinet

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Plywood and pine

Theses cabinets were built for a customer from plans they had found online. The hardware was ordered with the plans for an extra expense and the glass was made to order. Hope you enjoy them thanks for looking.

Required Skill Level: 
Advanced
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Latex paint
Estimated Cost: 
$450 for two

Planked wood sideboard

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Pine

This is now my fourth project, I built it as a gift for my sisters wedding, she was very pleased! She wanted something white so I went with a Annie Sloan chalk paint, which is pretty pricy I found out ($30-40 per quart) and her clear soft wax to finish. For the top I used a Drift wood finish and a weathered drift wood wax. Because is was a media center I just did fold down faces instead of drawers as in the plan and added some trim that I made on my router table to give it a more antique look. The Build was quite simple however the finishing to give it the right look took quite a bit of playing around!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and clear wax. Driftwood stain and weathered driftwood wax

Modified Recycling Console - First Build!

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We needed to make sure this was strong enough to hold a 20 gallon fish tank.So, we decided to use poplar wood and stained it with golden mahogany. The height was adjusted to 37 inches.

Poplar
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Fish Tank Stand. Used Minwax Golden Mahogany Stain, and 3 coats of Minwax Poly.
Estimated Cost: 
$80 for the wood

Child's Fire Station Loft Bed

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I used the plans for the fire station loft bed (http://ana-white.com/2011/11/fire-station-loft-bed), but added the stairs from the camp loft bed (http://ana-white.com/2012/07/plans/camp-loft-bed-stair-junior-height) since my son is young. I was afraid of him climbing down the ladder at night if he wakes up. The stairs are not attached and can be removed when he is older. They were designed so he can climb through the space where the lower rungs of the ladder were and use underneath the stairs as a fort, etc. The project took quite a bit of time and cost about $500 (not including the Kreg Jig or mattress).

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Estimated Cost: 
500.00
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