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posted by crowner123
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Easy Kitchen Island
Easy Kitchen Island
About This Project

Had to adjust the measurements to fit the space I had to use it in my tiny kitchen but it turned out pretty well.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
50
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
Pine
posted by nmendez78
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Patio conversation set
About This Project

I made this set using the plans from the simple outdoor lounge chair. I used cedar wood, and adjusted the dimensions of the love seat to fit the cushions. Total cost (including cushions from walmart, not including granite slab for table) was about $250, and it took me about 20 hours to complete from start to finish.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$250
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
cedar
Finish Used: 
outdoor stain
posted by rdk529
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Benchright Dining Room table
Benchright Dining Room table
About This Project

My daughter and I built this table from African Mahogany. We modified the Anna White Benchright Farm table to meet our size requirements. It was our first attempt at building a table. We took our time. We think it looks great.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$600
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
African Mahogany
Finish Used: 
Minwax Helmsman spar urethane clear satin
posted by JenWoodhouse.com
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Kentwood Bed for a Friend
Kentwood Bed for a Friend
About This Project

We built this bed in a few hours - so easy! This bed is pretty solid too, with the 2x4s and 2x6s.

Read about it here: http://jenwoodhouse.com/blog/2013/06/26/kentwood-bed/

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$85.00
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine, Birch Hardwood Plywood
Finish Used: 
Early American stain
posted by Mamasra
About This Project

Made from reclaimed 1 X8 boards.
Nailed to 1 X 4 Boards on the back.
This was a very simple project to put together with nails and wood glue.
This took about 3 hours and most of the time spent was on carving the initials and painting.

Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Reclaimed 1 X8 boards
posted by cupcakequeen09
About This Project

After searching and searching for a decently priced bed for our two year old and failing to find anything that I liked under $400, I decided to do a google search and came across the directions for the Emme twin bed. I loved the design and the color of the stain in the instructions but had to go with white as everything in our toddlers room is white. My husband said the instructions were simple to follow. I think he did a wonderful job for his first time ever building anything. Not to mention my little girl loves the bed. Thank you Ana!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
100
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
Construction Grade Lumber
Finish Used: 
Dutch Boy Dura Clean Paint in Moonlit Snow
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AllGardenBenches.com Farmhouse Table
About This Project

Made this for my wife for our anniversary!
Check out a video of the project here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eyroIH517A
Check out more great furniture through All Garden Benches: http://www.AllGardenBenches.com

Thanks for the plans!!!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
200
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
I used a basic oil based wood stain - dark - it was called Moorish Teak. One coat was sufficient. Lastly, I added a clear gloss finish - two coats.

Workbench

June 26, 2013 |
posted by e1p2m3
About This Project

This is from the "Workbench to Get the Job Done" plan. Instead of using plywood for the shelves, I used 2x4s cut to length which made the piece extra sturdy. I also left a little overhang on each of the ends for clamping things (I wish I left at least 3" on each side, but I think I left about 1 1/2").

Estimated Cost: 
50
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
2x4s
Finish Used: 
None
posted by Alark
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Sawhorse Table
Sawhorse Table
Sawhorse Table
Sawhorse Table
About This Project

New table for our patio space. This was a fun, relatively easy project. The weather was my only hiccup in the building. Spent an afternoon making cuts, the next day sanding and staining and then assembly. Hubby saw the pieces laid out before staining was complete and loved the two tone look, so I went with it. I used minwax Kona for the stained area and covered everything with Spar Varnish.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Minwax stain - Kona, Spar Varnish
posted by eande03
About This Project

We wanted a side piece for our kitchen so we followed the revised plans to make it a little taller. My wife is really happy with how it turned out. Easy, fun project that was finished quick.

Estimated Cost: 
$40-45
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
pine
Finish Used: 
Minwax weathered oak base coat topped with Minwax Polyshades Mission Oak Gloss. Used chip brushes, and Minwax pre-stain wood conditioner too. The gray from the weathered oak pops through just enough for our tastes.

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