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Hall tree

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We had a table in the entryway that seemed to catch everything, bags, mail, etc. so when I found the Mimi hall tree I had to build it. This was my second build, so I was a little nervous. I wanted to paint it white , but my wife talked me out of it. I am so glad she did. Fun build, and now we have a place for all the stuff when we get home every evening.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Valspar Kona stain, Martha Stewart Baha bliss (2.49 sent small sample can) valspar polycrylic 3 coats on tops and 2 on the rest.
Estimated Cost: 
75.00

Super Storage TV Wall

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This took me about a year to complete, start to finish, but there was a lot of downtime. I started by running the wires through the wall and taking the opportunity to add a ground to the outlet on this wall.

The bottom cabinets are from Ana's kitchen cabinet base plans, but they are a little shorter, shallower and do not have a toekick cut out. My hope is that this will serve as good practice to do an entire kitchen!! I built these based on my modified plans, pulled back the carpet (there is hardwood under them that I intend to expose at some point), popped off the baseboard, and installed these as if they were kitchen cabinets. The top is 6 pieces of whitewood 1x12's "Kregged" together - I wish I had used plywood but an entire piece would still not be long enough, so that was awkward either way. There is a simple piece of molding under the edge of the "countertop". At that point, not much got done all summer and we just had base cabinets with no uppers and no doors.

More recently, I finally got more time to work on this and created the upper shelves. I just kinda winged these. A whole bunch of 1x12's, I cut 4 the height of what I needed (about 5', from the countertop to the ceiling) and I made a bunch of shelves cut to size. I wound up making more shelves than we needed, but I put shelf pin holes in the vertical pieces so all of the upper shelves are adjustable! I used a kreg shelf pin jig and it worked great. The middle shelf above the TV was cut and added after everything else since I knew it would've been more difficult to calculate the length than to just measure after everything was in. I added some molding to cover up some things that didn't quite line up perfectly and to beef up the vertical pieces (1x2's make 'em look a little wider and cover the edges of the shelves). We finally have storage for all of the cd's and dvd's!!

I was a little nervous to do the doors, but the post for how to do doors came out at a perfect time. Turns out the hardware I bought way at the beginning was pretty cool and let you adjust up/down, distance from the cabinet, and left/right a few mm each way just by turning a screw. I'm glad I went with the fancy self-close-soft-close ones! I'm also in love with the handles I found.

I had some issues with the drawers and they don't slide perfectly, I think it's mostly a squareness issue. I'm planning on getting the kreg drawer jigs before I do the kitchen. I got the fancy soft close ones to see how they'd work to see if I want to use them in the kitchen, if I can't do a better job then I might opt for the cheaper ones!

I have intentions of adding crown molding to this room and that will go across the front of this when I do. I added a 1x4 across the top that can act as a base when we finally get around to that.

Birch plywood (purebond!) and pine boards for the dimensional stuff/upper shelves
Required Skill Level: 
Advanced
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Lots and lots of white paint. I wound up using a spray enamel for the upper shelves in attempt to make them less sticky after finding out that latex paint doesn't really work well for shelves. I've also learned that the paint with the primer in it is my new favorite type of paint.
Estimated Cost: 
800

Queen Farmhouse Bed - First of many

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Cheap Pine (Douglas Fir posts)

This was my first project, and I am happy with the way it turned out. My inspiration came from the bed on the home page. It took many trips to blue and orange stores but now I have the tools I need for the next project. The cost of the project was a little higher than most of the brag posts, because I didn't use any scrap wood and had to buy a sander. If I built it again I could do it for about $100. Same with the time, this project took a lot longer than most because I put 4 coats of paint and did a lot of thinking/planning/football game breaks.

I followed the plans for about 90% of the project. The only modifications I made were on the side rails. I used a smaller board because my mattress has two pads and it was very thick. I went with the smaller side rail so I was able to still keep the storage space under the bed. Also I used joist hangers for the frame. If I were to do it over I would do the same thing, but use more 2x4's instead of the 2x6's. This would have given me even more storage space under the bed.

All in all, very happy with the project and can't wait to use the leftovers to build a twin version and brave the farmhouse table. Thanks Ana!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
I overdid the paint, and in the end didn't need to. I painted two coats of primer, two coats of semi gloss Valspar Allen Roth Great White Way. I hated the finish, because it was too shiny and you could see every brush stroke and mistake. I ended up sanding over the finish and distressing it and it made it ten times better. Distressed with orbital sander, hand sander and screw driver between the joints.
Estimated Cost: 
$175 - $200

Built In Shelf

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Pine

My brother and I just re-did his entire upstairs bathroom. We gutted it re-did some walls and he asked me to build some shelving because it was a small space. I framed off a wall and this is what I came up with is what you see. (it's big 37.5' 'L x 33' ' W x 21'' D) I shouldn't here him complain about not enough shelf space on this one...

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax walnut/semi gloss poly
Estimated Cost: 
$65

Step Stool

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Saw this project on here and immediately knew this was something I needed to build for my daughter who had been standing on toys to reach her light switch as she is now enjoying turning on and off the lights in her room. Took some creative license and made the treads out of multiple boards rather than the single 6" piece from the plan. Also use pocket hole joinery to add to the stability of the project. This is very sturdy and can hold well over 200lbs. Already have many orders from friends.

Poplar
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Lowes Valspar paint and primer in one. used two coats and in some areas three coats. light sanding to create the aged look.
Estimated Cost: 
$25, cause of the poplar

Lap Desks for the Grandkids

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A lap desk for each Grandkid. They love using them for watching TV, reading, and a flat surface for building Lego castles...

Just a couple of suggestions. First the holes must be drilled exactly in the middle of the leg and the frame or the leg will not fold properly. I suggest placing the hole about 1/16" off center and then sanding the leg to make it flush when folded. Second the bolt only needs to be 2". I also used my $30 trim router from Harbor Freight to round-over all of the exposed edges.

Pine and MDF for the top
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
None, but may paint them in the future.
Estimated Cost: 
$7 each

20 Sec Tidy Up Coffee Table

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This project should have only taken me a few hours, but with a little one to take care of, I managed to make it take forever!
Super simple plan to follow - absolutely love how it turned out!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Dark Walnut
Estimated Cost: 
$100

Modern Patchwork Media Console

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I modified the modern patchwork dresser plans to create this media console. Used three different stains for the door fronts and painted the interior a dark gray. Wanted two doors instead of drawers but wanted to maintain the original look. I created a faux drawer front with a flush hinge.

Birch Plywood
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Three different Minwax stains with a poly topcoat
Estimated Cost: 
$100

Book Ledges { $10 Ledge Plan }

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Pine

We used a pocket hole jig to build the ledges (to practice using our pocket hole jig), and loved how easy it was to put these together. We made each ledge 32" so we only had to use 1 1x2 and 2 1x4.

Turns out these ledges work perfectly to "house" or baby's books (and a couple of our own in the mean time). Love this build –and so much cheaper than buying (or building) a bookshelf!

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Behr's Swiss Coffee in Satin
Estimated Cost: 
$20

Simple Outdoor Bench

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I had to modify the plans. The Size is 14" x 48". I also added a shelf at the bottom for shoes. Can't wait to replace the ugly shoe rack at the front door with this! I also used 1 x 4's for the apron. I found 1"x4"x14' at homedepot for only 3.40per piece!! So I was able to build this for less than $15. The wood has more knots than the other 1 x 4's, but if you look thru you can find some good pieces. I'm going to use this same wood to build the outdoor sectional too.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Estimated Cost: 
14

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