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Puzzle Box (Unabox)

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1x6

This is a simplified version of the Unabox from Make Magazine.

Build Instructions:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Puzzle-Box-Unabox/

Video:
http://youtu.be/VTaoUHsGau8

If you like this, please see my other puzzle box.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Puzzle-Box-4/

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Red oak stain
Estimated Cost: 
$10

Jordan's Rustic X End Tables

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After building the iTable coffee table, I decided the move on to building some end tables. I do wish I had modified the plan so that they weren't quite so wide, but I absolutely love them . I used Hillary's oxidized finish with the steel wool/vinegar solution about 4 days old, and I brewed 12 bags to 32 oz. of water for the black tea.

I just finished off the tables with Minwax Finishing Paste Wax, as it's a little bit more readily available than the items Hillary used. The wax really warmed the wood up; I was debated mixing in some Minwax Wood Stain with the wax because the raw oxidized finish was so gray, but just the clear wax did what I was looking for.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Hillary's oxidizing solution followed by Minwax Finishing Paste Wax in Clear
Estimated Cost: 
$125

Simplest Armoire as a pantry cabinet

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Used the simplest armoire plans -- great plans and relatively simple for a first-timer like me. Chalkboard paint on the doors made it fun for the kids!

whitewood
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
glossy white latex paint and chalkboard paint
Estimated Cost: 
$100 including lumber, paint and hardware.

Sawhorse Desk and Toy Shelf

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Love these two projects in getting my son's room organized, and he loves having a desk for his lego creations and his "projects". We used poplar for the sawhorses that we had cut from family land and planed down ourselves, then purchased a premade project panel for the top. Used a paint sprayer for the blue and finished the top with Rustoleum stain in Wheat with several coats of Rustoleum Satin poly. For the toy shelf we just purchased pine and finished with the same stain and poly.

Poplar, project panal, pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Paint for sawhorses, Rustoleum wheat stain and satin poly
Estimated Cost: 
around $100 for both

closet organizer from one piece of plywood.

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3/4" plywood

This is the first project I have ever made. It was really gratifying! I see that it's not 100% perfect but it's pretty darn good for the first time :) I did fixed shelves, moved the closet rods up higher (my husband and I are tall!) and made room for some shoes on the bottom. I am repainting the whole room soon including the shelves. I intend on waiting until we can open our windows as it's 100 degrees where we are. I am excited for my next project! Thanks for your plan and the site. It's fun to dream!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Bare as of now, painting soon.
Estimated Cost: 
150.00

Bed swing

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Don't get in this bed swing unless you have time for a nap. This is a modified version of the "large modern porch swing". Very comfortable to lie down and swing. The mattresses are 2 baby crib mattresses that I found really cheap at a yard sale and on Craig's list. I probably should have shortened it several inches to fit the crib mattresses, had I known in the beginning that was what I was going to use. I made the swing myself, but had help with the A-frame. My friends are envious.

pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Painted with rustoleum white.
Estimated Cost: 
$200

Ana-White's Modern Park Bench

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Pine

I told my husband that I wanted to try a project since he was getting to have all the fun building around the farm. So we bought the materials and started this bench. It was so easy. The only things he helped me with were some of the measurements and to speed things along :) some of the cutting. The project took us about 2 days. I had some paint I was going to use on another project so I just used it. I have the bench under some trees by my grandkids' swing. Thank you Ana for all the plans you graciously share. I have made a point to visit your sponsors' websites and actually visit their stores when I am able. Go for it ladies. You can do it!!!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
We used Kilz first since I only had a pint of each color and I wanted to be sure I had enough. We still used 2 coats of each color. We bought the Valspar paint at Lowes which by the way, has the worst website ever.
Estimated Cost: 
$72

Pie safe, jelly cabinet

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This is the result of my interpretation on Patrick's Jelly Cubbard. Unless the cut

list has been updated there are some corrections that need to made. The rails

at 11" are too short. I adjusted for this by making them 14" and my rails run the

entire length of the door tops. If you prefer to have interior rails then the stiles

must be changed. The easiest fix for me was the rails. It took me around 9

hours to complete however my shop was already set up for this project. Each

station was ready for all of the cuts and my pocket hole jig was already set. I

spent minimal time sanding as I wanted to have a bit of a rustic look and I

wanted the stain to have sharp contrasts in the color over different sections of

the woodgrain. I used knotted pine for for the 1x12's and knotless for the front

and shelves. I used beadboard paneling for the back and the panels on the

doors attached with 1" screws. The hinges were purchased right off the shelf

from instock items in a big box store as were the pulls that are a close match

in color. I added magnets at the bottom to keep the doors closed. I also added

a piece of simple molding around the top.

I will be doing another one of these to which I will add punched tin panels to

the front doors. I really enjoyed this project and other than the cut list causing a

minor hiccup everything was spot on.

pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
minwax gunstock 231
Estimated Cost: 
150

Simple Armoire

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This project actually was a lot bigger than we thought it would be. Hubby and I are almost newbies, and we thought we could knock this off in a week or two! It actually ended up taking us 6 months to finish, although to be honest we didn't work on it consistently.

We needed a replacement for an old coat closet that was falling apart, and decided to tweak the design for the simple armoire to fit what we need, which is basically coats, table cloths, shoes, and just about anything else we want to hide away in our dining room. It's 18 inches deep by 36 inches wide. Since we couldn't find 18 inch wide wood planks, and aren't skilled enough to make them yet, we went with a hardwood plywood and covered the edges of the plywood with iron on veneer. It turned out very well; you can't really tell that it's plywood unless you know what you're looking for.

I will say that I couldn't find the kind of hinges called for in the plans, not even on the internet. So hubby and I went with 1 inch non-mortise hinges. They worked well, though they were a bit hard to hang for a couple of novices.

Maple and maple plywood
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
I brushed on Zar Provincial oil stain and finished with two coats of Minwax satin poly (three coats on the doors).
Estimated Cost: 
$300-$400

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