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Braden Entry Lockers and Benchs

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Pine and Plywood

This project was for a garage entry and is perfect for what was needed. As described in the plans, it took about 9 hours. We chose to use Home Depot instead of Lowe's for materials. Some cuts were not done correctly and some missing. Went back once to complete. Rented a Nailer which was huge! Well worth it. The plans did not include how to attach the lockers to the benches, so we used 'L' brackets. May have missed those directions somewhere? We had orignally planned to make 3 benches and 4 lockers. Decided to use an existing bench in place of the middle Braden bench and worked just fine. Would not use pine again, but only plywood. Many pieces were warped and difficult to get lockers square, and we picked out the lumber! We chose not to add the drawers to the benches, but will add canvas bins for shoes.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Semi-gloss White Bear Premium Primer/Paint
Estimated Cost: 
$500

Reclaimed wood-look headboard

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A friend found Ana-White, found the plans and asked if I could build this for her. I'm still new to building, so this was a great, easy project to work on. I went with slightly less expensive boards/furring strips. It means more searching/digging though.

Jaime_C mentioned having to use boards on the back to brace/even up the face boards as much as possible so I did this as well.

We were very happy with the finish. She painted a couple of coats of the base color (antique beige) then we glazed the headboard. We thought about distressing but the practice board looked great without it. I wiped on the glaze and she followed wiping it off to get the look she wanted. The picture really does the finish no justice.

Great plans, easy to follow and fun to build.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
base coat of ?Glidden? Antique Beige (satin) Rustoleum Java Brown semi-transparent glaze.
Estimated Cost: 
$80

Gift crate (aka man crate)

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This is the prototype builds for the Plywood Gift Crate (man crate) plan. I had a great time developing and building this plan! I read a forum post about these and was inspired to do up a plan and build. When you give these as a gift, present it with the top nailed shut, and a crowbar for getting it open!

Two crates are shown. These each took a little over an hour to build. The 3/4" plywood one was entirely from scraps, and I purchased the poplar craft boards ($2 each) for the 1/2" plywood one. New wood would cost about $15. I left them unfinished like the inspiration. The picture just has the text added to it as a graphic. I do plan to stencil "man crate" on them though. The first prototype with 1/2" plywood scraps was made with a 1/4" scrap plywood top and poplar trim boards. My scrap top wasn't wide enough to cover trims on the sides, which is why the sides on that one are plain. The 2nd prototype was with 3/4" plywood scraps and uses strips of 1/4" thick scrap plywood for the trim boards.

If anyone is interested in different size crates, I've created a project calculator in Excel, that you can key in the desired dimensions and sizes of wood you plan to use, and the spreadsheet will give you the sizes for the pieces and a cut list. I couldn't figure out a way to attach that to the plan, but if you would like one, just send me a note through the contact form, and I'll email it to you.

I hope you build these, it was a fun and easy build!

plywood, poplar craft boards
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Finish Used: 
These are both unfinished, just sanded smooth. I'm planning to stencil "man crate" on them in black.
Estimated Cost: 
$8

Rustic Benchright Table and Bench

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modified plans a bit from on the website. Went with 4 x 4 legs, matching bench.

hardware I found the turnbuckles at home depot 3/8 - 16, and picked up the left handed and right handed rods and nuts at grainger.

Douglas Fir
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Dark Walnut and Minwax paste wax
Estimated Cost: 
450

DIY Upholstered Dining Chairs

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Pine

We built these Parson chairs to go with our farmhouse table. We wanted to save some money as well as have chairs that matched our table perfectly. We absolutely love them! I modified the plans a bit, so please check my blog post to see how I made these to fit our table.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Provencial Minwax Polycrylic Wood conditioner
Estimated Cost: 
$40 each

wall jewelry cabinet

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I wanted to get my wife something nice for are wedding anniversary and couldn't find anything i thought she would like. so browsing this site I seen this and new she would love it. I hope you guys love it to.

pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
stain, school house glue and paint
Estimated Cost: 
$60

Tall corner media cabinet

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I wanted to rearrange the livingroom but needed a corner cabinet since the t,v sits on the fireplace mantle. I loved this plan except it didn't have any drawers for the DVD's so I just did the top portion on the bottom. I made the bottom slots wider and made drawers for them....perfect solution for my needs...

Birch plywood and pine trim
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Cherry with polyurethane first then Mission walnut with polyurethane
Estimated Cost: 
160.00 including hardware and stains

Six cube storage units

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I needed some storage for our toy room that was kid friendly and aesthetically pleasing. I modified the 6 cube plan to fit 13" baskets. I am very happy with the final product!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I had the lumber yard pre-cut everything. I sanded and primed all pieces and all sides prior to assembly. I then filled all the holes, and finished two coats of benjamin moore eggshell paint (it's what I had at home) and two coats of polycrylic.
Estimated Cost: 
$45 per unit

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