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My Build, and Property Brothers love

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My second build, built the X coffee table too. But had to share that the Property Brothers used a table just like this plan in their show!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Weathered Oak
Estimated Cost: 
$40

Adirondack chair

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I've wanted to have a go at an Adirondack chair for ages but never had the wood available - I refuse to buy wood for ANY project so I had to wait until some came along. We had heaps of pallets delivered FOC so I dismantled them and had the perfect sized wood for the chair.
Because I used pallet wood there's the odd nail hole etc but each piece was sanded down with various grit strengths until I had the wood as good as it was possible to get it.
I did have trouble with the plans because some of the dimensions did not fit for the size of wood they stated to use but no one else has said they had any problems so I'm guessing the issue was down to me and not the plans. The main sticking point for me was that I had to use a 2" batten in the centre back because the dimensions given for the stringers did not allow for the right number of 4" wood to be used.
This project was the practice run though and so I will make some more with a few minor adjustments to the dimensions. I would also recommend counter sinking the screws (I pre drilled also which makes for an easier finish) and next time I will give each piece one coat of paint/stain/finish before assembling - these images show my unpainted chair and painting in between all the slats was tedious.

Scrap pallet wood
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Although the pictures show my unpainted chair I have now finished it in Cuprinols garden shades paint in 'Summer Damson;
Estimated Cost: 
£10

Dress Up Storage & Puppet Theater

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pine

This is a great way to double up on space & creativity! My dad and I built this dress up storage/puppet theater for my daughters using Ana White's plans with added inspiration from The Picky Apple's post about their own top shelf and theater hacks - you can view it here: http://www.thepickyapple.com/blog/2011/03/24/dress-up-storage-bin-and-pu.... We added hinges and magnetic catches to the front so that the storage center can be turned around and opened to lay flat for access to the puppet theater.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
primer then two coats of Valspar semi-gloss (in some pink I can't for the life of me remember or find the chip for!)
Estimated Cost: 
$50

First build! Updated Tryde coffee table

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First time builder with a brand new kreg jig! (My husband surprised me with the jig! I am such a lucky gal!) I used minwax dark walnut stain and glidden paint (plain ol' white) with a bit of distressing. I shortened the 2x4s on the top so I could have 2x6 breadboards at the ends. I loved the look from the original tryde table! Really enjoyed the process of building this coffee table! Plan to make matching side tables to complete my "Tryde collection!" Thanks Ana! LOVE THIS SITE!

Pine and douglas fir (kiln dried)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax dark walnut stain(2 coats) and 3 coats of minwax polyrylic (sanded between coats gently!) for the table top and dark walnut stain/glidden white paint for the base (painted 2 coats, then sanded edges, used the same dark walnut stain as my table top on the sanded edges, then quickly wiped off with rag and followed it with a clean, damp rag to keep stain off of the paint.), then 2 coats of polyrylic (sanded between coats too)
Estimated Cost: 
$40 (was given a huge pile of kiln dried 2x4s from my dad to kick start my projects!)

Jamie's Little Car

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This was my second build (easier than my first project...the Adirondack chair). Its a heavy piece and plenty sturdy as a birthday present for my one year old nephew and his sister and cousins to play on. Bought a plastic steering wheel from amazon.com. the textured paint (Anchor Gray - textured metallic by Martha Stewart was perfect for the wheels). Couldn't find the plans on ana-white but did get them from http://www.morelikehome.net/2012/10/day-26-build-little-car.html?m=1

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)

Media Center

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I had a ton of fun making this media console! It is my second big project, and I would still consider myself a beginner, but I paid very close attention to detail and I think it turned out great!

I stretched the console out by about 4 inches, so that if I ever decide to put my TV on it, it will fit.

Thanks Ana for your great website!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Three coats of stone hearth semi gloss and 3 coats of minwax polycrylic.
Estimated Cost: 
$150.00

Farmhouse Bedside Table

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Pine

After finishing the farmhouse queen bed, I was eager to start another project. I needed bedside tables and I came across plans for the mini farmhouse bedside tables. After the building the first one, the second one went much quicker. Very happy with the results :)

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
White paint, top and bottom shelf are stained with Minwax Special Walnut and sanded edges and corners to look a bit aged. Finished with 3 coats of Minwax polycrylic, sanding between coats.
Estimated Cost: 
$50.00

Farmhouse Queen Bed

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First building project ever! I wanted a new bed for our new mattress and got inspired when I came across this website. A compound mitre saw, orbital sander, nailer, and many more tools later, I am building furniture whenever I get a chance!

Modified the way I attached the frame to the head board and foot board a bit. I used joist hangers on the footboard, which the frame slid into perfectly, and secured it with a couple screws on each side. I attached the headboard with 2 large carriage bolts on each side through the posts and frame.

Overall, I loved the way it turned out. On to the next project!

a mish mash- cedar 4x4's for posts, pine for panels, and spruce for the rest.
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Distressed white. I used a shade of white paint, sanded the edges and corners (mostly with an orbital sander) and used a stain pen (in Provincial shade) on the sanded spots. Sanded the entire project by hand using 220 grit sponge and finished with 3-4 coats of Minwax Polycrylic
Estimated Cost: 
$200

My Big and Small Helper

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This was my first real woodworking project and I loved it! I had a big helper (my Dad), who has a full woodworking shop teach me how to use the different tools and assist with building. It took a while longer than the plans say because we did some extras like powersanding and rounding off all the edges on each piece before assembling it. My Dad was very picky about it having a polished look! Plus, I insisted on my Dad teaching me, not doing everything for me. We also predrilled and glued on 16 hinges so it would fold. That definitely took four hands to do and the majority of the time.
My 'small' helper (our last name is Small) and son Dominic is almost two and loves using it. In hindsight, I would have made it a couple inches less wide overall to fit better in our kitchen that has limited counter space. And would have painted it prior to screwing the sides together with the hinges to make it easier to paint. However, I built it at my Dad's over the weekend, then painted it later. I chose the bright green colour so it would be playful and gender neutral to pass on once we no longer need it.
Thanks for the inspiration and great plans! I will be back for more projects!!!!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
One coat of Benjamin Moore Multi-Purpose Latex Primer in Paradise Green. And two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd in Pearl finish in Paradise Green. Both are low VOC and low odour.
Estimated Cost: 
$40 for wood etc, $52 for paint

The Bandsaw and Boxes Go Together

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Use any wood that strikes your fancy

I just wish to point new bandsaw users toward trying to make bandsaw boxes as a way to really learn blade differences, tensioning, cutting curves, setting up the bandsaw and generally getting comfortable with your new tool.

The fun thing about bandsaw boxes is you can just almost cut free form and still have a great result. From start to finish it takes about two days some of which is just waiting and sanding.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I use Danish oil but you can use what you want except I would shy away from paint.

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