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Bedside Table

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This is my third build based on the Kentwood Nightstand plan. Added a shelf this time to use as a charging station at night. Customized the height as well so matches the height of the bed.

Lowes/Home Depot select pine boards. Plywood for inside shelves.
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Finish Used: 
Minwax English Chestnut (3 coats) and Minwax Satin Poly (3 coats)..
Estimated Cost: 
$100

Porch Swing for a 1924 FourSquare Home

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2x4's and pressure treated lumber

I was shopping for a porch swing for my 1924 Four Square home and I couldn't find any to my liking...I stumbled across this web site on Shanty2Chic's Blog via Pinterest....and I am thrilled by what I have found!

Attached is a photo of the swing I built. I need to finish sanding, filling in the holes and then paint it. I will post a pic of the hanging on my front porch once the weather breaks.

The only deviation in the plan design is that I made the back 2x4 50' long so I could attach eye bolts to support the back. If you have scrap lumber, it would have cost me hardly anything.

Think spring!!

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Will use an exterior white paint and poly on it for additional protection from the elements.
Estimated Cost: 
$90

DIY Wooden Cooler Stand - Vintage Look

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White Wood

Got this idea from the blue cooler project - but decided to deck it out with vintage trimmings. Everyone who has seen it loves it! Very fun project.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Summer Oak - followed with polycryllc and johnson's furniture wax.
Estimated Cost: 
70.00
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Supersized Parson's Tower Desk

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Pine, Mdf

I needed a desk that served not only as a space to work, but something that had good storage and didn't take up way to much floor space.I looked and looked and couldn't find anything I loved until I ran across the Parson's Tower Desk plans on Ana-white.com. The depth of the desk was perfect, but I needed more storage, so I decided to play in with sketchup and see if I couldn't make it more of what I needed.

I ended up with a supersized Parson's Tower Desk!

It has four smaller cubbies to the left side and 2 wider shelves to the right side.

You can see a front view and all the pictures at the blog post!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Primed with Bullzeye primer and painted with valspar antique white
Estimated Cost: 
$75

Adirondack Chairs - Phoenix AZ

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Douglas Fir

Easy weekend project for chairs that I hope will last a decade. I used Painters Touch Gloss Navy Blue paint and primer. I put alot of paint to help withstand the Arizona summer sun. One change I made to the plans were as follows:

When I attached the back support, I initially used one screw on each side so that the support could swivel. This way, I could swivel the support to be flush with the back of the chair.

Going to try the outdoor loveseat next.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Painter's Touch primer and Painter's Touch Navy Blue Gloss. About $8 a quart.

Spy plane shelf

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I just finished the shelf we’ve been needing for months…a shelf to hold the nanny cam out of reach of our toddler. I didn’t want a boring shelf so I used a design I found on anawhite’s site. This should have been a quick project, but as usual things took longer that I would have liked. I used all scrap ply I had laying around. I rounded the wings and struts with my router and put in a screw that grabs the bottom of the camera and keeps it from sliding off.

The paint was leftover from the stripes I put on Braxton’s wall 18 months ago. Unfortunately, the below zero temps ruined much of the paint as it was stored in the garage…it was still good enough for this project. I angled the plane to ensure we could look down into the crib, and now we get a full view of the room as well. Overall, I think it turned out great and compliments the room nicely and only cost was time.

Apparently, it will be a short flight for the stuffed animals as my wife said the plane looks good but not so much with them on it. I guess I’ll stick to building and leave the decorating to her LOL!

-- Tommy

3/4 ply
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Paint
Estimated Cost: 
0
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Tall corner cabinet with additions

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I loved the tall corner cabinet but hate to have my television out in view all of the time so I used the plans and made an additional door opening for the tv. I adore it and now have so much space I chat wait to tackle many more projects!

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Estimated Cost: 
200
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Rustic bookcase

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This was the first project my husband and I built from scratch. We experimented with our brand new Kregg Jig for a little while until we felt comfortable with it, and then nervously got started. Surprisingly, the only mishap we had was that we (ok, I) accidentally bought 1X10's instead of the 1X12's. Nothing a quick trip to Home Depot won't fix! We followed Ana's directions exactly, and definitely recommend the Kreg Jig! Our neighbor is a contract worker, and he was pretty impressed at how sturdy the bookcase was. The only part that gave us a little trouble was that our planking on the back (from Lowes), was a little too wide, so we had to trim it down a bit. This was also my first time staining, but thankfully I was going for the rustic look, so I just sanded off the corners and any weird spots.

pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Stained with Rustoleum Dark Walnut and finished with Minwax finishing paste wax

Coffee Table!

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We completed this project over several weekends, but that was mostly because we only worked on it for an hour or two. I was THIS close to purchasing a $499 coffee table from Crate and Barrel, when I saw these plans. I wasn't sure how the drawers would work, since we couldn't find short enough drawer slides, so we kind of had to improvise by making our own. This way, we avoided the extra weight from a third piece of plywood on the bottom-most level. We had the sanded plywood cut at Home Depot, and amazingly it fit perfectly! We used the Kregg Jig on almost everything, except for the plywood, because our screws were just a touch too long for 1/2". We definitely had to measure each drawer individually, because they were not the same! (Can you tell? I hope not). It's a good thing I was going for the rustic look, because every time I had a bad spot, I could just hammer it around a bit and make it look worn. We finished this project with a stain and sanded off the edges to keep it from looking too perfect.

We had a great time with this project, and are trying to refrain from starting on the console table!!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum Dark Walnut, followed by Minwax finishing paste wax
Estimated Cost: 
$100
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Kylee's first build

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My 7 year daughter and I built the Fiona's Doll Adirondack Chair together for her friend's birthday. This was Kylee's first build. She decided instead of finishing the chair, she would give her friend paints and let her do it herself. The chair went was easy to build thanks to such great plans. It took between 2-3 hours. Although I think without her help it would of been a bit quicker. I could not be happier or prouder of a project.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Unfinished, allowing the new owner to finish it
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