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Rustic X Bench

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This was my first build with minimal help from my husband. I'm unsure how long it took to build since I worked on it periodically and forget how much I spent on the wood since this took place several months ago. When I started this project, I did not have a pocket hole jig and since then have learned how invaluable that tool is. It's not perfectly square but it's not as noticeable sitting on carpet as it would be on hard flooring.

Probably a harder first-time project to start with but overall I'm happy with the outcome and looking forward to my next project.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax in Cherry topped with Minwax in Dark Walnut. Painted the base white and distressed with the Cherry stain.

October Scrap Projects

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Pine & whitewood scraps

Starting to get colder here in SC. I know the northerners will scoff at me but I'm a wuss when it comes to the cold... and I want my warm garage spot back. That means cleaning up my scrap wood and finishing the big projects that won't fit in my little project/craft room. So the past few weekends I have done a few scrap projects that had been on my mind for a while.

First was shelves for our oddly shaped walk-in-closet. Most of the wood was salvaged from my old dresser/armoir with a splash of scrap whitewood boards to finish it up. I love being able to see everything right when I walk in now.

Second is a simple tie rack for Mr. Lodise so he doesn't have to put them on a coat hanger any more. One more step to getting everything in the closet more visible.

Third is a holder for my hair dryer and straightening iron so they don't have to take up counter space anymore.

Best of all my car now fits in the garage again :)

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
none

rustic x sofa table

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I love this site. We needed new furniture in are house and didn't want to spend a bunch of money. Finding the Rustic x plans was a life saver.

pine 2x4's 1x12's and 2x6's
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
White paint and kona stain.
Estimated Cost: 
$100

Rustic X end table

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I love this site. We needed new furniture in are house and didn't want to spend a bunch of money. Finding the Rustic x plans was a life saver.

pine 2x4's 1x12's and 2x6's
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
White paint and kona stain.
Estimated Cost: 
$80

Rustic X coffee table

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pine 2x4's 1x12's and 2x6's

I love this site. We needed new furniture in are house and didn't want to spend a bunch of money. Finding the Rustic x plans was a life saver.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
White paint and kona stain.
Estimated Cost: 
$100

BABY/DOG GATE

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Pine 1x4's and 1x6's

Well with a new addition to family it was time to start baby proofing the house. With some help from the wife we decided to build a dual purpose door to keep babies out and dogs in. After looking all over the internet this is what we found. I hope you like it. sorry about the photo being so dark..

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
antique white paint and kona stain.
Estimated Cost: 
$60

Daffodil Yellow Potting Bench

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I'm so happy to have found your site! I've been wanting a potting bench for a while. Today the Hubs and I built this one in Daffodil Yellow! It is only partially painted, but I already love it! The hubs wants to build a modified one for his heavy electronics equipment. Thanks a Bunch!

Fir
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Daffodil Yellow paint
Estimated Cost: 
$40

Playhouse loft bed

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Built this bed for my five year old daughter. In hindsight I might have rounded out the door for entrance / exiting.

We got years of memories and enjoyment out of this bed.

plywood and pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Paint
Estimated Cost: 
150

Pergola (Modified Weatherly)

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This Pergola cost around 200 to build for lumber, concrete (poured around posts) and an additional 50-60 for fabric used to create shade.

It went up in about 8 hours from start to finish with the help of a novice friend.

I omitted some of the column details to save time and money.

Exterior piine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
None. I later spoke to a painter who suggested that if I were to paint or finish this project that we give it a month or so in the sun to properly dry first. Just an FYI for anyone contemplating something similar but with a finish.
Estimated Cost: 
250

Sofa table

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pine

This was the first project I had ever built through Ana White. A great table.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Not sure of the color of stain I used as I built this years ago. It was most likely an ebony or early American color.
Estimated Cost: 
Approximately $50. I only had to purchase the wood.
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