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posted by Tashism
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We are getting a puppy in a couple weeks and we want to crate train her. We have a small house so the only place we have to put the crate is in the living room. Needless to say, we needed a way to make the crate look good in our living room. That's when I found the plans for the rustic x-end table. The dimensions were almost the same as the dog crate. I only had to change the dimensions by a couple inches and wallah! Now the crate doesn't look out of place and I have a place to put my laptop and phone! I ended up ripping the 2x6's just a saw blade width down to get rid of the rounded edges and that made the top come together smoother. I also planed down the top a bit as well. In some spots, you can hardly tell they were 2x6's laminated together! I used two different stains on it. The first coat was a tudor stain but I wanted to warm it up a bit so I put a coat of antique walnut on it as well. I am very very happy with how this turned out. Now my husband would like me to build a coffee table to match!

Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
posted by Jessica9777
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Fantastic Garden Beds
About This Project

These garden beds are fantastic! They were so easy to build and look great in our backyard. We have always found ourselves with a garden covered in weeds or plants out of control. Our garden this year looks wonderful and we have hardly any weeds in the beds. Thanks for the great plans!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$15 each
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
Cedar
Finish Used: 
None
posted by Crysk
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Farmhouse bed
About This Project

I used the farm house plans for this bed but I made my 4x4 taller because I wanted the post affect, I also added the" \/ " because I wanted a "rustic look. I used 2 different stains to get the old barn wood look. I had a great time making this bed and LOVE it Thanks for the ideas.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
pine and douglas fir
posted by Copycat Carpenter
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Husky Farmhouse Table
Husky Farmhouse Table
About This Project

This is one of my favorite pieces on Ana's site. I knew the minute I laid eyes on it I had to build it. I hope you guys enjoy it half as much as I do.You can read the full details of the build at my blog here:

http://copycatcarpenter.blogspot.com

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
S4S Pine, Bedpost legs
Finish Used: 
Espresso stain, Helsman Spar Urethane, Light Cream Milk Paint
posted by Jann Antos
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Farmhouse Table
Farmhouse Table
Farmhouse Table
Farmhouse Table
Farmhouse Table
About This Project

This was my first Wood Project - EVER.

Working with this plan was quite easy. I just changed the design of the table top to my wife´s wish. I used "Golden Oak Stain" for the Legs and "Provincial Stain" for the Table top and Bench. The Legs are covered with Water seal and the Tops with 3 layers of Polyurethane. Chairs are Stained in Provincial also. Was a lot of fun for all of us. Learned a lot during this build.

Thanks

Estimated Cost: 
300 $ for all together
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
Redwood and Pine
Finish Used: 
Minwax Stains Polyurethane
posted by ktkadoo
About This Project

(again, I don't know why the image is showing up in the wrong direction)...
While redoing my son's room, he needed a new dresser. His room is very small and we new we needed to be able to put it inside the closet. We couldn't find dressers that would fit the correct dimensions, but didn't think we had the ability (yet) to make a quality dresser for him. My kids don't like using dressers correctly anyway, so we thought this might be a great solution for him. Right now he is using the bottom area as a place for his shoes and small boxes for his underwear and socks. (We had thought about making one of the spaces into a shelf, but ended up not doing it, so I hadn't bought enough baskets).

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
posted by ktkadoo
About This Project

(I don't know why my picture is horizontal, it shows up fine on my computer).
In redecorating my oldest son's room, we needed him to have a loft bed, but all the commercial loft beds are too tall for his bedroom. So then, we thought we would re-work his current bunkbed. In order to use it as a loft bed we had to remove the bottom support rails and that meant we needed a new solution for a ladder (because it was part of the support system). After looking through the site, I decided that this ladder was the best for our needs. The ladder went together smoothly. We had to modify the directions just a bit to make it the right size. We put a set of U-brackets on the end of the ladder to put over the bunk bed. We also drilled through the bed frame and into the ladder for additional support.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
posted by ktkadoo
About This Project

When we started building this bed, we liked that it wasn't too tall for our low ceilings, but could still utilize the space beneath it. As we were building it, we thought we would just put a 2nd mattress on the floor, but when we measured it, we decided we could safely turn it into a bunk bed for our 2 youngest daughters. We just built an additional set of rails. Instead of buying another piece of wood for the mattress support, we used the support from an ikea bed that we weren't using. We put the bottom mattress off the ground around 10 inches.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
posted by jbayer80
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Rustic X Coffee Table, End Table and Console
Rustic X Coffee Table, End Table and Console
Rustic X Coffee Table, End Table and Console
About This Project

This was a blast to build. This was all a gift for my wife since the traditional 5th anniversary gift is wood.

The coffee table and console are both awesome! The only thing I would change/modify is the end table, because its kinda big and doesn't really look its part of the set other than the "X". I would maybe take about 2 or 3 inches off all sides or maybe 3 off the sides so its not such a box.

Estimated Cost: 
$500
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Douglas Fit
Finish Used: 
Kona on top and shelf (s) with 4 coats of polyurethane. Currently there is nothing on all other parts because I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I think I'm just going to put a few coats of poly on the "naked" parts and call it a day. I thought about painting the other pieces but that would hide the beautiful grain in the Douglas Fir. I don't like the idea of the entire thing being Kona because it looks too dark on the others I've seen on here (for my house only), then I thought about a very light stain but think I settled on it being naked with the poly. I would honestly love to hear what you guys think as I have not touched it yet. Actually I was thinking it would be nice for Anna to have a section with a "poll" for someone like me who is kinda stuck on a finish to post a picture and have other vote on a few options....thoughts??? Anna??
posted by SoCaliforniaMel
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Cooler, Natural Rustic look 4 my Pops
Cooler, Natural Rustic look 4 my Pops
Cooler, Natural Rustic look 4 my Pops
Cooler, Natural Rustic look 4 my Pops
Cooler, Natural Rustic look 4 my Pops
About This Project

1st I want to say, the part thats uncovered on the middle will be covered but Im letting pops customize that spot with a picture or whatever he chooses.

My dad made most everything I have ever had in life including the house I live in. So I wanted to make him something this dad's day that he could really use and enjoy. He just built a hang out place in his back yard that I call "his fort" Since he's in his 60's now and a little more mellow, he has a lot of little parties with friends, family, basically anyone who wants to come hang out in his back yard. lol. (He claims to have made the fort a covered stage for my 12 year old and his band. But I know the truth. hehe. it's his fort :) ) So I thought this cooler stand would come in handy. He saw me working on it a few days before fathers day and told me he was afraid I was gonna make his something girly. hehe. He's such a man's man. I love my pops and am soooo happy he likes my gift. Its already in use in the fort. hehe

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$50 bucks or so but I had the cooler and hinges
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine and cedar
Finish Used: 
I used Minwax Weathered Oak. You can't really tell in the pictures because at that time it had only 1 coat and the pine needed 2 coats to really even tell its there. But it turned out really nice, my dad's a mountain man so he loves rustic-y things. After stain I sprayed it with Minwax Poly (I can't remember the full name sorry) its the one in a spray can. Satin finish so you cant see any gloss

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