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This is one of my first furnish DIY projects.
I really had trouble to pick defect-free 1x6 boards at my local home depot, and it took me two different store trips to get all I wanted.
I spent more time than what the plan estimated. The drawer rails were tricky to install. In the end I had to disassemble the drawers and trim them down a little bit in order to get the rails fit.
This was my first real project where I did everything on my own, start to finish! No help from my husband. I needed a very small and narrow table for my entryway which is very small. This is the first thing you see when you open the front door. The top board is a 12" board, it fits perfectly in the space. I distressed it to give it a nice rustic look and it looks pretty authentic. The crate below is made of recycled pallet wood and will be used for shoes or umbrellas... I'm very happy with the way it turned out for being my first project (it's a tiny bit wobbly..the leg's aren't perfect, oh well!). And it only cost about $30 for the lumber (not including the stain, paint or finishing wax which I already had). Definitely beats trying to find something in the store!
This was my first "build" and was a lot of fun. Very quick and very easy. I'm so happy with how cute it turned out!
Today I’m sharing this unexpected addition to our kitchen! Everything about the construction of this furniture-style kitchen island seemed to be charmed. There is usually a lot of trial and error that goes on behind the scenes during our projects- but everything seemed to just kind of fall in to place. We enjoyed it while it lasted, since we know it won’t be that easy again! ;)
Without a real plan for the island, we found the beautiful marble slab on Craigslist for a steal. While the slab was having it’s edges finished, I began comparing island legs. The ones I decided on came from Osbourne Wood, they are called The Grand Harvest Island Posts. I liked the chunky style in order to support the heavy marble. We are so so happy with the quality of the legs that we plan on using this company for all future furniture building projects.
For the specifics on how to build the island, we were a bit stumped. We were just kind of going to wing it. Then, when I was daydreaming about a completely unrelated project, I stumbled across the kitchen island plans in Ana‘s book The Handbuilt Home. The dimensions were almost perfect for the slab! We modified the plans slightly- we didn’t need casters, and our island needed to be a bit narrower than the plan in the book, and we swapped out the 2×4′s for 2×6′s in some places- but the length was perfect, so we were still able to use most of the materials list (a huge time & money saver!) to maximize yields. We ordered a Kreg Jig, like Ana recommended, and I have to say- I love it! This island was so much fun to build and finish- and it makes a huge statement in our DIY renovated kitchen!
This was a really easy and inexpensive project. As I don't have a table saw and I'm scared to death of my circular saw, I had the laminated MDF cut to size and edged. Assembly and painting was really quick. This little man will road test it for me!
I made these boxes with my dad one afternoon. We had a great time! We wanted our herbs to be close to the kitchen and still get plenty of sun, so attaching them to the deck railing was ideal. I made them out of timber decking with pocket holes, and attached them to the railing with metal brackets underneath.
This project was inspired by months of frustration in my messy garage! I wanted to get organised with a have a clean space to work and store tools. Kreg workbenches are a cinch to make, I love them! I also added drawers, which turned out pretty well considering I had never made them before. The Kreg Klamp table was worth making, everything is so much easier and safer :)
An easy build! Thanks for the plans, Ana. This was a housewarming gift for some friends and it now sits nicely by their pool. I got the cushions from Ikea (Arholma range) and sized the sofa around them. I used 2x3s for the frame and added a couple of 2x3 support legs under the back cleat for extra support. I also attached a couple of 2x3 pieces between the back cleat and the back apron for the back support to rest on. Now for the table... :)
We wanted to make a large sandbox for lots of kids. We love that it has an easy cover and two large benches to sit.
Supplies and Steps are shared at http://myhomedonemyway.blogspot.com/2013/07/building-6-x-8-sandbox.html
I combined a few different plans here, mostly the Playhouse deck, swingset.
I haven't finished it yet, this spring I want to finish the exterior as it's just primed plywood right now. Still going to add a window above the balcony (there is a loft up there).
I insulated the roof/ceiling and will insulate the walls when we finish it. In the bottom we'll be putting in a sandbox with a cover that folds up into benches.
It was a fun project and should give our girls many years of fun.
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