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posted by chrisgcarey
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About This Project

Great, fun project. Only used a Kreg jig, Skill Saw and Sander. Super easy.

Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Minwax Jacobean and exterior finish

Family Art Center

September 30, 2013 |
posted by craftyNHmom
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Family Art Center
Family Art Center
Family Art Center
Family Art Center
Family Art Center
About This Project

So, so happy with this table! I've always been a fan of the Pottery Barn Bedford Project table, but even if I had the $1,200 to spend on a craft table I doubt I could ever justify it. When I saw these plans I knew my dream table was within reach!
This is my second build using Ana's plans. I worked carefully and used the Kreg Jig, and it came together easily. I added an extra trim piece here and there. I painted the whole thing with Valspar color "Storm At Sea", which is a gray. It took forever for me to choose the color, too many choices! Then I used some wipe-on Poly to protect it.
Now my kids and I have a dedicated art station stocked with all the supplies, I can see us spending many hours creating at this table.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$150
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine for bookcases, and Birch Plywood for tabletop
Finish Used: 
Valspar paint and Poly
posted by amusingmj
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AmusingMJ's Fancy X-Leg Farmhouse Table
AmusingMJ's Fancy X-Leg Farmhouse Table
AmusingMJ's Fancy X-Leg Farmhouse Table
AmusingMJ's Fancy X-Leg Farmhouse Table
About This Project

We built a dining room table for some of my best friends. It was our first table build and a year later it is still beautiful! If you want to see a few 'in progress' pictures check out my blogpost on it at www.amusingmj.com/dining-room-table

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Minwax Dark Walnut
posted by jtiffany83
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Storage Bed with lights
Storage Bed with lights
About This Project

I started this project and wasn't sure what I was doing. This is the first project I've ever built and I look forward to the bigger and better projects I will be doing. As a spent several weeks online looking for the perfect bed to build for my son, I found this web page and truly found it to be easy to follow and easy to customize.

I built the bed and bought the fabric storage boxes at a local store and decided that the lights would be a great addition. I found some LED lights on Amazon.com which were extremely easy to install. The lights added only an additional $28, total, which added a cool new look to my sons room. He uses the lights as his nightlight and I love the way it turned out.

My next project will be the king farmhouse frame.

Estimated Cost: 
$185
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Regular light black stain
posted by DogDoc25
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Customized Bench with 2 cubbies
About This Project

I made this bench for a friend who had a very specific space that needed a bench. I had to make it so that there was about 30 inches of length on top but with enough room on the inside of the cubbies for 10-11 inch baskets but also had to make it so there wasn't enough space for a dog to get its head into the baskets when they were put into the cubbies. So it took some thinking with the math, but ultimately, I think they turned out great and the 10 inch baskets she bought work perfectly. I made the legs with 1x3s instead of 1x2s for extra support (and that's also what I had in my scrap pile). I left it unstained because my friend is going to do that part. This took about 3 hours to plan and build. I used the kreg jig to hide pocket holes to attach the legs to the top and bottom and also to attach the inside divider to the top of the bench (I used nails to attach the inside divider to the bottom).

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
I used all scraps, but if I were to have bought the wood it probably would have come to around $20
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
pine
Finish Used: 
none
posted by Bunhash
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Storage Playtable and Stool
Storage Playtable and Stool
About This Project

This was a really fun starter project for me. I've never made furniture before and I ran into some issues, but I learned a lot and enjoyed myself! My husband and I live with my Father-in-Law who has all the tools I needed (though I'm going to purchase my own later on).

The stool and table plans are here: http://ana-white.com/2009/11/plan-kids-large-storage-play-table.html . I modified it slightly because I was using scrap pieces (two doors from a particle board wardrobe). I don't like particle board... but I figured since it's my first try, I wouldn't waste any cash since I had all the stuff here, even the nails and screws.

So I made the table about 2 inches shorter and the stool 1 inch shorter. I also used a rectangle top for the table with one side flush against the table side so I could put the set against a wall (i.e. three sides have overhang, the 4th is equal with the legs).

I painted both sets a dark red orange (my husband's favorite color) and let my daughter put her handprints all over in white paint . She LOVES it. And despite the 'wood' I used was particle board, it's pretty strong. I'm pleased. I will probably make another one with stronger material in the future.

Oh there were a lot of holes and such from the used board and some breaks from being thin, crappy board, but I was able to use filler one a lot of it and glue too. It's hard to tell it was a beginner job from a few feet away! Haha!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$15
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Particle Board (don't suggest it)
Finish Used: 
High Gloss, Disney Brand Red-Orange Paint. I used 2 layers of primer and two layers of the Disney paint. It seems to be holding up okay.
posted by Brad Wills
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Distressed Rustic x console
Distressed Rustic x console
About This Project

Really like the plan for this table, just not enough space. So I decided to shrink the overall length to 45 1/2 and then just adjusted from there. Stained the entire project and painted the base. After some sanding to distress, I poly coated the entire project.

Staining the top and the X's to match was my wife's idea. It came out great.

This was only the second thing I have ever built, and I have to say the Kreg Jig made it fun, rather than frustrating and stressful.

My first project was from the adirondack table plan, it came out great too. So glad I found your site!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
100.00
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Stain with flat paint overlay poly for final coat
posted by The Keys
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About This Project

We made this piece 7' tall rather than 6' tall so that it would go well in our dining room, leaving the cabinet doors the same height but adjusting the upper shelves to fit.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
The cheapest kind! (But we painted it rather than staining it.)
Finish Used: 
White paint and primer that we also used on the trim throughout our house.

Doggie Daybed

September 29, 2013 |
posted by Girlygirl
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Doggie Daybed
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Primitive Doggie Daybed

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Mimwax Provencial Stain and Folk Art Deep Burgundy Paint....Dry Brushed Paint and then Stained over it

Harvest Table Love

September 29, 2013 |
posted by ksmith311
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Harvest Table Love
Harvest Table Love
Harvest Table Love
About This Project

This Harvest table is the heart of our home. It was one of the first furniture projects we ever completed and my favorite finish to date. The night we spontaneously decided to buy lumber and build this table we had a lot of unexected visitors. We were out in the driveway working and a bunch of friends dropped by randomly so we all took a hand in building this table. It was so much fun. Spontaneous building party.

When I finished it it was my first time using a belt sander which wound up gouging some of the wood. The table top is super smooth but very rustic and I LOVE IT. I started with pre-stain conditioner, then cherry stain which I hated, then early american mixed with dark walnut. At this point it looked pretty lovely but I wanted it to look aged and gray so I lime waxed, dark waxed and buffed the whole surface of this piece. It turned out so special and you can see some red notes from the cherry stain and those are my favorite moments on this table.
Thanks again Ana.

** updated with a few better photos on 11/21

Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
douglas fir
Finish Used: 
See summary.

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