The Brag Blog - Built and Written by You

Welcome to the most awesome blog on earth, one about real people building real furniture! Come get inspired, learn, and be amazed! Special thanks to our readers who post to our brag blog!

Snowflake

PDF versionPDF version

Additional Photos

About This Project

Pine

Made this snowflake for my front porch for the holidays. Easy build and inexpensive. 

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Stained dark walnut with white dry brushed over
Estimated Cost: 
10.00

Leaning Bookshelf from The Handbuilt Home

PDF versionPDF version

About This Project

White wood and MDF

As my husband and I were slowly piecing this shelf together, I began to worry if it was going to end up rather unattractive. Turns out I had no need to worry and the completed project was better than I had imagined! It's extremely sturdy and a good size (I actually brought down the width a notch). I painted the shelves and supports separately which turned out to be an excellent idea.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Glidden Spanish Olive

Rustic X Coffee Table and Console

PDF versionPDF version

Additional Photos

About This Project

I built the coffee table and console to plan and also a custom cover for our dog's crate to match.  Simple builds with easy to follow plans!  For the Xs, I just clamped the 2x2s up to the opening and scribed where to cut.  Then, I notched out where the intersection is so that the X is more solid and I didn't have to worry about the cut portion lining up.  A bit more time consuming but definitely worth the effort.  So happy with how these turned out, thanks Ana!

Spruce & Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I did the oxidization but really wasn't happy with how orange/dark it went. I didn't want to sand everything back and start over, so I did a coat of liming wax to make it lighter and more grey, then followed up with a couple coats of clear wax. Love the smoothness of a wax finish. The liming wax definitely gave it a beachy/whitewashed look.
Estimated Cost: 
$40 Coffee Table and maybe $60 for the console.
Tags: 

Media Storage Rustic Bench

PDF versionPDF version

About This Project

Pine/Whitewood

I needed a nice way to hide our TV electronics and at the same time serve as a bench for seating. I could not find plans for ANYTHING like this anywhere! I decided to take the Rustic X Console table plans and change the dimmensions around and it worked fantastic. I can now hide everything I need to in the baskets with the wiring exiting through the basket handholes and at the same time I do not have a useless media cabinet taking up space, but instead have additional seating in our living room for 3 more people! 

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Mahogany gel stain with Vermont Natural Coatings satin polywhey finish.
Estimated Cost: 
$50-$75

Dining Table and Bench

PDF versionPDF version

About This Project

Pine/Whitewood

Built this table for our dining room and made it larger than the plans to fit 10 people around it.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Dark Walnut Stain with Polycrilic Gloss clear coat, Maguires Polishing Compound and Carnuba Wax used for shiny finish.
Estimated Cost: 
$100-$150

new mudroom!

PDF versionPDF version

About This Project

Birch, pine

The drawers were my very first project!  I have never built anything before and I loved how deep the drawers were here.  I'm really thankful my dad helped!  Super happy with how it turned out!

I picked up the hutch at an old barn sale for $65.  It's perfect to hold all of our coats and stuff and the shoe drawers are super deep and hold ALL our shoes.  Here's our story...   http://onblissstreet.blogspot.com/2014/11/mudroom-makeover.html

 

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
White paint
Estimated Cost: 
$75

Modified farmhouse table with extensions

PDF versionPDF version

Additional Photos

About This Project

Modified the main table by knocking down the length one foot. Slightly reduced width based on lumber used by about 2 inches. Added two extensions. Used 2x4s for side aprons and 2x6s for end aprons. This allowed me to notch 2x3 (lumber size) holes in the ends to slide extension arms in. Arms held by friction and torque so if you do this make the holes tight. Don't over stain or poly. Slide wax candle on arms to help them slide in. If lose you can install a latch on arms under table. All items from Home Depot. Last photo shows dry fit of extension prior to screwing on top from the bottom. Gave me best alignment.  If you haven't paid it forward for this great FREE site, do so by ordering Ana's book a Handmade Home. Making the coffee table I found in it this weekend. Good luck all and if you are wondering if you should? Yes, you should. 

Kiln dried pine. Builder grade. Be picky.
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Red mahogany left on for ten plus minutes. Three coats of mini wax oil based poly. Sanded in between with 400 grit. Final pending 0000 steel wool dipped I wood paste. Don't worry if you mess up. Just sand down and repeat.
Estimated Cost: 
150 minus kreg jig. Had all other tools.

Kentwood Bookshelf

PDF versionPDF version

Additional Photos

About This Project

Pine

I followed the plans for the Kentwood Bookshelf but added an extra shelf.  I stained it with Minwax Early American stain & 3 coats of Minwax clear satin polyurethane.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Early American stain & 3 coats of Minwax water based, oil modified poly.
Estimated Cost: 
$60.00

Pages