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posted by Sarah Atkinson
About This Project

I used the plans from Ana excepted converted the measurements to fit a King. Our mattress comes in on July 3 so I'm praying that it fits! This was our first project and we cannot wait to do more!!

Estimated Cost: 
$200
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
pine
Finish Used: 
fabric from fabric.com
posted by Shaila
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Notre Dame Kids Picnic Table
Notre Dame Kids Picnic Table
Notre Dame Kids Picnic Table
Notre Dame Kids Picnic Table
About This Project

I wanted to make a gift for my friend's kids. I also didn't want to make something they didn't have room for and couldn't really use. The request was a picnic bench for their 3 and 5 year old. I offered to paint it to match the house and they said no, they wanted Notre Dame colors. One of the big box stores has official NCAA colors so it was a perfect match! The wood cost $25 (only 5 2x4 were needed) and the paint, screws, etc. brought the project up to $90. The instructions made it super easy to build and I really took my time making sure everything was square. Also just to build the table is a few hours, maybe not that much. The prep and painting took me a while.

The kids were happy with their table and their Dad, a Notre Dame alum, was thrilled with the design.

Estimated Cost: 
$35 without paint, $90 with paint
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Framing Lumber - pick through to find the best ones
Finish Used: 
Behr Exterior Paint/Primer - H.D. They made samples of the NCAA official colors, dried them, then color matched them for the exterior paint. I painted the yellow top and benches (2 coats first) then did the ND with special no-leak tape, then the legs. Two coats for the blue as well.
posted by ewinter
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Bookcase or homeschool station?
Bookcase or homeschool station?
About This Project

We've made the decision to homeschool our almost 5 year old daughter starting in September. The dining room will be the school room, but I don't want to lose my table in the process. So I began looking for good storage options. I saw the Display-It-Storage Mirror on the PB Teen website and loved it! Right up until I choked on the price tag. I went inspiration hunting and found Ana's Willy bookcase plans. I modified the Highrise Condo Willy bookcase, added a base with lazy susan hardware and a top outfitted with crown molding. Then I bought some cork on Amazon to create a cork board on one side, a role of dry erase paper to create a dry erase board on the other side and framed them. On the back, I hung a bathroom organizer with lots of pockets for dry erase pens, push pins, pencils, tape, scissors, etc. Finishing touch was my daughter's choice of scrapbook paper for the inside backing.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
192.00
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine for the bookcase, bases and molding. 3/4 Plywood for the back of the case.
Finish Used: 
High Gloss Behr paint in Cappuccino White.
posted by crowner123
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WALL-MOUNTED WINE RACK
WALL-MOUNTED WINE RACK
WALL-MOUNTED WINE RACK
WALL-MOUNTED WINE RACK
WALL-MOUNTED WINE RACK
About This Project

This was a rack I helped my dad make so he could give it as a wedding gift. This is an attempt to build from plans that Ana posted here:

http://ana-white.com/2011/11/wall-mounted-wine-rack-dont-forget-erase-yo...

We took 2 long long cherry boards with bark still on the sides, and ran them through the planer. Then we ripped them down the center to be able to use bark ends on each side and book-matched the cherry colors, but most people wont have to worry about that since they wont be using "found" cherry.

The back board is made up of four 1x7s cuts at 28.5 inches long. You can use whatever width you want, we just wound up with 7inch pieces. Then we used a Kreg Jig to screw those together flush (see picture of back). Once those 4 pieces were together we sanded the edges down to make the backboard smooth and flush.

The 8 mini shelves were 1x3.5s cut at 10 inches long. The middle and bottom shelves were 1x5s cut at 24.75 inches long. Again, we were using limited wood and had to adjust our measurements to make it work.

We spaced the bottom shelf flush with the bottom of the backboard and then would space 4.5 inches between the top of that and the bottom of the next shelf. Make sure there is still room for your wine bottle to fit between the floating shelves. ALSO, MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THE FLOATING SHELVES ACROSS FROM EACH OTHER LEVEL WITH ONE ANOTHER. You don't want your shelves to look lazily placed.

The way we placed the shelves on backboard was...involved.
- Clamp the shelves in place on the front of the board and trace them with pencil.
- Remove the shelves.
- Marke holes to drill within center of the trace.
- Drill those holes from the front of the board to the back.
- Reclamp the shelves back on and use the holes in the board to mark the clamped on shelves from the back.
- Unclamp the shelves and fully drill the shelves by themselves while they were not attached. (BE CAREFUL TO DRILL STRAIGHT and never come through the top or bottom of the shelf)
- Sand off your pencil marks after your drilling.
- Re-clamp the shelves to the backboard.
- Use 3" screws straight from the back into the shelves.
- Use 8 screws per big shelf and 3 screws per little shelf.

Then it was just slow and steadily clamping, tracing, drilling, re-clamping, drilling, sanding, re-clamping, and screwing the shelves on... You have to follow that pattern for each shelf or you risk ruining your shelf and if you have limited wood (like we did) that is not an option.

We also put very small pieces of wood to keep the bottles from rolling off their shelves. These were just scraps we had lying around and tapped them in with small finishing nails.

Good luck!

Estimated Cost: 
$50
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Cherry
Finish Used: 
These photos were taken pre-finish. That is just how beautiful the cherry looks! We will be spraying on a high gloss clear finish and we'll be done.
posted by ldglasscock
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Nick & Leah's Farmhouse Bed
Nick & Leah's Farmhouse Bed
Nick & Leah's Farmhouse Bed
About This Project

This was our first project & we worked on it together. My husband melded the Farmhouse plan with the Chunky Leg bed box. The box is reinforced & has 13 slats. We didn't sand out areas that had bark, but left them for the texture. We worked on it a few hours each night & then painted on Saturday & puit it together on Sunday. Design-wise we raised the bed so that the bottom of the frame sits at 12 inches. We also raised the footboard above the mattress level. These changes were just our preference, but we really love how it turned out. It is sturdy, substantial & beautiful!

Estimated Cost: 
$250.
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
White Pine
Finish Used: 
Valspar Signature Eggshell finish in Vanilla Steam. After sanding we only applied one real coat, but applied it liberally.

Workbench

June 24, 2013 |
posted by meggodaeggo
About This Project

My husband and I just bought a home that has a fantastic shed/barn in the backyard. I've been wanting a workshop ever since college and this is finally my time to make that dream come true. Enter ana-white.com!! My sister had recommended this site after her husband created an unbelievable loft bed for their 6 year-old. Looking through all the plans I became ecstatic and couldn't wait to get my first project under way. I've printed out MANY plans and can't wait to work on them all, however I realized very quickly that I did not have a space to actually "work" on in the shed. When I came across this workbench plan I knew it was the right one for me.

Some changes were made, since I already had a perfectly good table top that I purchased from IKEA years ago. The top came out to be 23 1/2 x 78 3/4" so I had to make many adjustments in the cuts. I also left the bottom shelf free of plywood since I couldn't fit a piece that large in my Toyota Corolla. All in all, I couldn't be happier with the table. It's sturdy, reliable and provides a TON of workspace for me. My back is already thanking me!!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
the cheapest at Home Depot!
Finish Used: 
No finish
posted by dsteinberg
About This Project

This was my first project from ana white. Thank you for making such great and easy to follow plans! I will be making the matching coffee table next!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
120
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
- brushed on black tea - Stained with steal wool #0000 dissolved in vinegar for 3 days. - Sealed 3 times with Vermont Natural Coatings wipe on polywhey satin
posted by PattiSca
About This Project

We used the plans for the Farmhouse Table Knockoff similar to the one from RH, to build this table. We made some changes, and some hints:

1. The table is made of Cedar, as it will be used outside. Pine is just not an outdoor-friendly material, but Cedar is rather insect-proof. This will be used at a beach house.

2. We used 1x, not 2x on the top. The top just seemed to clunky with the 2x size. Plus, it's near impossible to find 2x in cedar.

3. We couldn't find 8x1 or 8x2 for the breadboard, so we used 6x1 (same as the table top).

4. We measured the length of the breadboard before we cut. I"m glad my husband made that suggestion because I found the seven (7) 1x6's totaled 38 3/4, not 38 1/2 as the plans call for. So it really does depend on the wood and humidity and such. So I think it's a wise decision to measure the width of all of the boards before you cut that piece.

5. We did not screw into the table top as recommended by the plans.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$250, including screws
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Cedar
Finish Used: 
None at this time. My sister wants to age the wood first, and then I'm going to bug her until she puts a marine grade finish on it :)
posted by bludevil35
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Rustic Providence Entry Bench
Rustic Providence Entry Bench
Rustic Providence Entry Bench
Rustic Providence Entry Bench
About This Project

My wife, Carrie, and I decided to make this bench for a very deserving couple for their wedding. It turned out great and this will be the first of many pieces we'll build.
Thanks for the plans Ana!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$8 We already had the wood, just had to buy the stain.
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Yellow Pine 2x4
Finish Used: 
Minwax Dark Walnut- 1 Coat with Foam Brush, waited 10 mins to wipe off. Then the next day Rustoleum Spray on Poly 1 light coat.
posted by hillarylouise
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Green Adirondack Chairs
About This Project

These are great chairs! Easy to build, comfy to sit in. Check out my blog post for more info.

Estimated Cost: 
$32 per chair for lumber, plus finishing and hardware
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
#2 pine, whitewood
Finish Used: 
Exterior latex paint + primer in one, color matched to Sherwin Williams Dill

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