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Sausha’s Washer/Dryer Pedestals

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Pine

After reviewing the comments I was a bit hesitant to start this project but then I realized I will build then make my own opinion. I am very happy I did because these pedestals are sooo wonderful and beautiful. This project must be built with extreme detail and everything must be square, etc to avoid any vibrations and complications. I did include extra center supports and thought of it like building a house frame.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Satin White Dove Ben Moore, PolyAcrylic
Estimated Cost: 
80

Ridge Media Console

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While working on this project I thought it was extremely challenging but in the end I changed my opinion and was extremely happy I took on and completed the challenge. One rule I stand by is if you start something you finish it. I learned how to use a router, jigsaw, and learn even more how clamps can be our bff's!!!!! My advice is to take this project on, go slow and if you need it ask for help! Good luck!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Special Walnut, Minwax Weathered Oak, Ragged White and Helmsman Spa Urthemane
Estimated Cost: 
100.00

Shaker Style cabinet doors DIY style

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Pleas excuse the mess in the pictures. It is too cold to work in the garage up here in the northwest, so this project took over our entire kitchen and dining room. We built these frame and panel-style doors using Ana's plans from the mom-plex bathroom vanity! We are so excited because we spent about $100 including paint and have plenty of leftover materials for the drawers next week!

These are the original cabinets in our 75 year old house and they were in serious need of rehab. We even contemplated ripping them out and using Ana's cabinet plans to build new ones but after we removed the shelves, the carcass of the cabinets were still in good shape. We filled, sanded, painted and built these new amazing doors that I'm seriously losing my mind over. They are so beautiful and I don't think I could have ordered something better. Maybe better made but how sweet is it to save all that money by building them yourselves?

We'll post drawer pictures after we get those finished up and hopefully have a clean kitchen at that point. :)

Thanks Ana! Our home is becoming truly special with the skills we learned from you!

Sanded ply and primed 1x2s
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal in Semi Gloss
Estimated Cost: 
$60

Truss End Table

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These were so easy to make. I actually messed up on the smaller one and used the 2x4's on the legs. By the time I realized it, I had to use the 2x3's on the top. I just used more of them. It still turned out great. My wife had me make another one for an empty space we had. I used the same basic layout and just modified my length and width. Thanks for the great plans.

Construction grade pine.
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum Kona.
Estimated Cost: 
$14 for the small one and $21 for the long one.

Outdoor table

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This is my first completed project. I repurposed an old four poster bed frame. I used the posts for the legs (they are a bit skinny). I spent about 10 dollars on the slats. Everything else was from my garage. A pocket hole jig and an orbital sander would have made this a lot easier.
Sorry about the photo rotation. I can't seem to change that!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Water based stain and polyurethane.

Childrens table and chairs

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We built Two children's table and 8 stackable chairs for one of our daycare's. It took a lot of work but once we figured out the first chair it was a breeze for the other 7.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
We stained the wood in a Cherry Stain and finished with multiple coats of Poly.
Estimated Cost: 
$30
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Pioneer Twin Bed

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White Pine

This Pioneer bed took me several weekends this winter, doing a little at a time. It was a challenge for sure because there were a few errors in the plans, but with some improvisation it was easily avoided. This bed is very simplistic but the design allows for some personal flare and variation to be added. Be sure to make precise cuts! Be sure to pick out straight boards!

I used specialized software to make the head and foot curves and printed them on paper, then transferred them to the wood. I did not put the two blocks on the headboard posts...because to me it just looked plain silly! I added two bun feet to make it look like genuine bed knobs and they look excellent. Also for the foot board posts I used specialized square pieces of wood found in the hardware store that have a nice design in them doe a decorative look. they indent far enough towards the bed that they actually hold the sheets in place!

I did not paint it. Instead I used a golden oak stain, one coat. Then put two coats of high gloss on it. This also strengthened the soft white pine I used to build it.

I did not follow the part about the slat placement nor where the bed rails should be mounted, as this will vary depending on the thickness of the mattress you get, or if it has a box spring.

I used bolts to hold the bed rails in as well, along with nails and screws.

Sandpaper! Use it a lot!

$65 to build, although I already had nails, glue, sandpaper, stain, and varnish.

My daughter just loves it and I know it will be around for years to come!!! Everyone in my family loves it too. I highly suggest anyone who is looking for a simplistic looking twin bed, and who knows how to take their time and follow directions, to make this bed. Feel free to write me if you need help. timthedrummer@hotmail.com

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Golden Oak Stain, high gloss varnish
Estimated Cost: 
$65
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End table made from pallets (plans included)

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Pallets

Building an outside side table out of scrap pallets.

Video of the build:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVAYXVGiL_8

Drawing File
https://googledrive.com/host/0B21TbB8gGNQbX2dlNGdxR0NuOE0/end_table.pdf

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Red Oak
Estimated Cost: 
$5 for stain and nails - free pallets

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