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2nd Project Bed fit for a King

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Mostly pine

Second project using completely reclaimed wood.  The plans were easy to follow and I made a few minor modifications.  I swapped out the two 2 X 4's inthe middle of the frame for 2 X 6's and added a center foot to each of them for center support.  I had a hard time finding larger shims and was about to make my own when I grabbed a few pieces of scrap 1 X 3 and started to make the design you see on the footboard. My wife like the look so much that I repeated it on the headboard.  Looking forward to making some nightstands that will match the look of the bed. The boards used to be nailed together as temporary fencing that is what created some of the color variation in the wood and I tried to create some sort of a pattern by alternating light and dark.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Golden Oak and satin polyurethane
Estimated Cost: 
$20 for stain and polyurethane

Wonderful plans!

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My son is getting to the age where he wants to see everything we are doing whether it's in the kitchen or at the workbench out in the garage. This tower is PERFECT! We were eyeballing a $200 tower on Amazon but I was thrilled to find these plans. Even with the hingest I think I came in under $40. He immediately figured out how to climb up by himself and the top rung is a good height for him. This is going to get a lot of use! The build itself was an easy afternoon but of course the multiple coats of polyurethane took a few days since they had to dry. Thank you the wonderful plans!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Sanding with 80, 120 and 220 then three coats of polyurethane sanded with 220 grit in between each coat.
Estimated Cost: 
$40

Full Farmhouse Variation

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Whatever was cheapest

I just took the idea of the farmhouse, and crossed it with a bed in a photo my wife found on Pottery Barn Teen.

The back is one peice of plywood, and I just used the planks for accent. The top of the headboard is a 4X4, with a routed bottom edge. I made the crown pieces on the posts out of a couple of routed squares of MDF stacked.

The footboard is quite similiar to the Farmhouse footboard just with the plywood and accent planks instead of just planks.

It was super easy and cost less than $150.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Latex Paint
Estimated Cost: 
$150

Alexia Bench

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pine

This was the first time I have built drawers!  I love how it turned out!!  This website has given me the confidence to build things I never thought I would.

Required Skill Level: 
Advanced
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax dark walnut, I used wood conditioner first so it would go on evenly. Wiped it off right away to keep it lighter on top. Bottom is painted Dover white, Insul-X trim and cabinet enamel
Estimated Cost: 
90.00

A Toolcart for my tools

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MDF and pine

I am a hobby woodworker having a PhD in computer science; quite the combination I wonder. To my advantage, before start working I usually build the project in software like Google Sketchup etc. This gives me the precise picture and dimensions of the different components of project.

I usually work in my backyard of house which is used for variety of purposes. I so happens that whenever I was working, I used to go inside the house each time to fetch the tool I forgot. Big trouble!

To rid myself of this problem, I built me a toolcart to my liking. It has cabinets, drawers and of course shelves. It also serves me a second table to put my tools on during working. Alas, I do not have the amazing kreg jig so it took me more time than usual to build this. Anyhow feel free to comment.

 

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Estimated Cost: 
$ 40-50

Rustic X Coffee Table

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This was a great project for me. I am a beginner and building a coffee table this nice seemed too difficult. Fortunately, it turned out better than I expected. The biggest difficulty for me was putting in the 1x12's on the bottom. That was really my fault because I didn't square up the sides properly. Rookie mistake and lesson learned. 

PIne
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
2 Coats of Stain 2 Coats of Light Blue Paint
Estimated Cost: 
$100

Vegetable Bin

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Built this vegetable bin for my sister in law. Just needs knobs, which I'm letting her pick out. Easy build finished in an afternoon. Stained and painted the next day. Could use this for other storage as well. 

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum stain in dark walnut for top and edges. Painted in white chalk paint with brown glaze. Distressed to see the dark stain on the edges. Doors are stain with white wash over it and stenciled using stain over that.
Estimated Cost: 
60.00 for materials. Already had the plywood for back and paint and stain.

Tilt Out Trash Bin

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pine

This was my first project using an Ana White plan....Modified it a bit...quite happy with how it came out...it was very low cost to make and a lot of fun.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Varathane Stain....Spring Oak
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Kitchen Shelving

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pine

Just finished this project...took a little longer than I expected...it was a low cost project...I had most of the stock...but probably would cost around $75 to make. Paint and stain were the most expensive items. This was a lot of fun to make...Now to make the matching table...LOL

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Varathane Spring Oak Stain Behr Paint....Crème White
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European farmhouse table

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When I first saw the original plan on ana-white.com, I knew that this table and the bench would fit perfectly into my place. Since in europe we measure mostly in meters, I adapted the plan to a table top of 1,0 x 2,10 meters (or for 8 persons) and made the bench fit between the table legs. Luckily, a friend (he is a carpenter) could get me solid beech wood and helped me to get it into the right size (it took a weekend, since we started from raw tree trunks). Assembly was done in two days and I stained it twice afterwards (3 days, with rest ;) ).

Type of wood: solid beech
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Surface was just sanded, treated with hard oil and sanded again on the next day. You should repeat this procedure at least once a year.
Estimated Cost: 
400 Euros (~500 dollars)

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