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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)

Vintage step stool

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This project was wonderfully easy to build and it is a sturdy step stool I feel will last for a long time.  I was able to build it very quickly, with minimal assistance. Painting and finishing adds to the time but it's beautiful.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
This is in my kitchen for my 2.5 year old to "help" me
Estimated Cost: 
$25 including paint, and primer, and there are scraps left over

Custom Kentwood Bookshelf

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This is a modified version of the Kentwood Bookcase to be shorter and wider to fit my space.  I used my router for the first time on this project giving the legs and top a little bit of flair.  I also wanted it super glossy, so I applied three coats of Minwax high gloss polyurethane.

One lesson I learned for my next project is that "stainable" wood filler isn't actually stainable.  I'm quite disappointed with how visible my Kreg pocket holes are on the front - I'll be sure to make sure they're all hidden next time.

 

 

 

Pine from Home Depot
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax preconditioner. Minwax jacobean oil-based stain. Three coats of Minwax high gloss poly
Estimated Cost: 
$40 for stain, brushes, and rags. $80 for wood. $10 for tongue and groove backing

Bass Speaker Cabinets

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Birch plywood

A little bit of a different project for me.  My husband concocted a plan to build his own bass speaker cabinets to take to band gigs.  Wanted them to be lightweight and easy to carry.  He bought the speakers, grates, ports, cable jacks, corner bumpers, and handles.  I built the boxes :)

Built out of two sheets of half-inch birch plywood and coated with Duratex speaker cabinet texture coating for wear resistance.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Duratex http://store.acrytech.com/Speaker-Cabinet-Texture-Coating-Duratex-Roller-Grade-Trial-Size-Kit-Black.html Front face: blue/metallic spray paint w/ clear coat
Estimated Cost: 
Birch Ply: $90 Duratex Coating: $25

Variation Twin Farmstyle Bed

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Pine

This is a variation from a brag photo I saw on the Modified Twin Farmhouse Bed. I built two for my girls and also created plans of the variation. We love these beds! They are so beautiful!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
White Gloss Interior Paint
Estimated Cost: 
$100

Tiny bathroom wall system

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Pine

This project was not as simple as I expected! For this little bathroom, the mirror is offset, leaving lots of wasted space above the sink so my friend asked me to build some storage. I thought this would be a great solution that could maybe move with her later on, and it turned out pretty well. My two problems were 1- I had to cut the steel pipe to fit the space and 2- my hardware store did not sell S-hooks that would fit over the steel bar.  I used 1/2 in steel bar, so I cut it with my Dremel rotary cutting wheel. It was a bit slow but it worked and once I cut halfway, I could just bend the pipe to break it at the cut. The two cut ends are not threaded so I had them each end into one side of a 3/4 T fitting. For the S-hooks, I bought ones that were about the right size, then bent them open wider using a large screwdriver and a crow bar as a wedge. Two large screwdrivers might work as well. Instead of the straps, I used a thin steel bar, drilled through one side. I am happy with how it turned out, took about an afternoon not including all the time thinking it out! Finished with butcher block oil.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Butcher block oil
Estimated Cost: 
$35

Two tone rustic table

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Pine

I used three 2x12s for the top and 4x4s for the legs. Everything else pretty much the same.  Final table size 36"x60". Longest/hardest part was sanding and staining

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Legs: Rust-Oleum Heirloom White Top: Rust-Oleum Stain Kona
Estimated Cost: 
Under $100

Basement storage

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Pine

Hi Ana,

Thank you for the wonderful idea about storage shelves.

I made one with some modifications. Total lenght is 4 m, height 2 m and depth 50 cm. The columns and beams are from 40x60 mm, the shlves are 110x20 mm. Pine wood was used and the photo shows bare wood without protective layer. It will be covered with colourless protection.

Keep up the good work!

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
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Estimated Cost: 
~200€
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