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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

Rustic X Kitchen Island - DONE!

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I had always wanted a kitchen island and saw this project. Seeing that the plans were well written I decided to tackle it. In addition I made a few small modifications to enhance the style of the island. These included using 4x4's on the corners and a IKEA butcher block top. The top allows for a larger surface area to work with and more space to sit under. The stools in the picture are from World Market and they were the perfect pair for the island. The island is great for family gatherings or just sitting with your morning coffee. I had family over for Thanksgiving and received lots of compliments. Thank you Ana!

Home Depot lumber
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Valspar white latex paint from Lowes on the bottom and Minwax Mission Oak stain on the top.

Farmhouse Table

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Oh Goodness. This was a HUGE project for us. It was our 2nd Ana White build (the 1st can be seen in the pictures, the kitchen island with the microwave on top). We changed the overall dimensions to fit our kitchen. And we built two matching benches. The hardest part was kreg jigging. We did SO MANY pocket holes and it was our first time using a kreg jig on a LARGE project. We also trimmed up the sides of each of the table top boards so they fit closer together. We really really LOVE this table. And my kids are putting their own special touches on it daily. Thanks for the plans!!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum Kona Stain & Minwax Polyurethane Glossy.
Estimated Cost: 
$250
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Modified Jr. Loft Bed

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We loved the idea of the Jr. Loft Bed, but made some modifications to fit our needs.

Modifications:
-I didn't really feel the 2x6 railing was needed, so to cut costs, we used all 2x4s. On the end, I put two 2x4s one on top of the other to keep the mattress from sliding off the ladder side.

-Height was a concern for me as my kids are 4 & 2. So I lowered the overall height by about a foot. 54in is the height. Since we are putting my youngest on the bottom (on the floor) we made sure she had enough head room.

-We wanted this to be STURDY and reversible. So we added bottom supports on both long sides to ensure that the frame wasn't going to move. We also added six 2x4 supports under the mattress on the top. I can climb up there to tuck in sheets with no problem.

-We skipped the stairs & landing. I didn't want my kids to be playing on the bed. So we skipped the stairs and just built a ladder into the frame instead.

This was a fairly easy build. We previously built a HUGE Ana White Table. And I felt like I was kreg jigging for DAYS. This was only a few hours of cutting, sanding, kreg jigging, and a simple put together. Staining took the longest! It's a great bed and we're so excited it's finished!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
We used Minwax Polyshades. Classic Oak Gloss. 2 coats.
Estimated Cost: 
$70
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Worktable +Peg Board and Light

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This workbench was really easy to make and is, in fact, very sturdy. I modified it slightly, taking inspiration from (I think) the first brag picture on this and added a pegboard, work light and top shelf, which in my opinion drastically improves the overall functionality. The plans call for 9 2x4s but in order to get the result as-is, you only need six.

PS- I'm not sure why the pictures are coming out sideways, but I don't see a rotate button!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
64 dollars
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Outdoor Bench Ted Moyer

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Pine

Easy bench to build with my son! added double legs for more stability, just glued two together and followed all directions.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Flood Cedar Transparent 2 coats and 3 coats of Helmsman Indoor Outdoor Spar Urethane

Outdoor sectional couch

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Pine

This was my second Ana White project (first was a sandbox). I made a few changes to Ana's plan so that it would better fit my porch. First, I basically flip flopped the plans so that the end table was on part 1. I also altered the length to better fit the cushions I found. Ana's plans were 24" between the 2x2. Mine ended up being 26.5". I also used 2x8's for the base instead of the 2x4 for added height.

The price of outdoor cushions was a big surprise!! We looked into buying outdoor high density foam and making our own cushions, but that seamed to be just as expensive as buying cushions. We also really had a hard time finding large cushions that actually fit this plan. Most cushions are REALLY small for this couch. we found some Pottery Barn cushions online that were on clearance.

It was a fun project and we love the couch!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Exterior grade white paint
Estimated Cost: 
$180 not including cushions

Triple Pedestal Table (Modified)

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My wife and I built this table for our new home. It is a hybrid of the triple pedestal table and farmhouse table top. I modified the table top to give it a little more stability on the ends.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum Kona stain and Rustoleum semi-gloss polyurethane
Estimated Cost: 
$250.00

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