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Planked wood sideboard

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The plans make this huge!  I had to narrow down, and adjust for shelve opening.  Hardest part were getting slides situated on sides, there was just enough difference from 2x4s to upset slides a little.  I recommend going for the longer slides, if u r running into the same issue.

Love the plans and love this site, so much inspiration here!

Thanks Ana

dan

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax red mohagany, with clear satin poly
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bench

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This was my first project. Shortened the bench to be 3 feet long. Angles were hard and the hubby had to do it for me and help me put it together. Other than that it was fun to build. 

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
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Estimated Cost: 
25
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Rustic X-Console Build

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Douglas Fir

Wife and I needed a console for our TV components really bad. Saw this x-console and said we had to have one! Super quick and easy to build and looks amazing.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Dark walnut minwax stain + minwax polycrylic sealer/finish
Estimated Cost: 
$65

Industrial Shelf

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I took the plans for the indutrial cart and modified them just a little. I needed a shelf, not a cart, so I left the casters off and I made mine 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide. I just had the guys at Lowes cut some 2x12x10's in half for me and the metal angles were already 4 feet long, so I didn't even have to cut them! 

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I coat of Minwax "wheat"
Estimated Cost: 
I spent about $70 for the lumber, angles, and wood stain

Outdoor Bench

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Built from Garden Bench plans. Pretty much exactly as written. I modified the arms a bit. 

The seat is a little deep, but it's really great to sit out and watch the ducks by the pond. It's really heavy, so I needed help from the hubs to move it down there. On the other hand I don't worry about it floating away during occasional high water through the flood way. 

It's used almost every day!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
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Helper tower!

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We used Behr cloud burst for the colour and Minwax special walnut for the stained platform.  I hand drew and painted the owl (the wings are scrapbook paper) and coated with three coats of polyurethane.

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Beginner
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Four cubby bookshelf

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My kids' old bookshelf ran out of room and their books ended up on the floor.  I built these using the four cubby bookshelf design and adjusted the shelves for different heights as some of their books are extra large.  

 

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
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Finish Used: 
Stained these with miniwax's espresso color. Pre-stained the wood first and did three coats of the stain.
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Gaby Buffet Table

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I built this buffet table for our dining room using the Gaby Kitchen Island plans. I used some reclaimed boards I salvaged from a trash pile at work for the top and side aprons. I also used old pallet wood for the bottom shelf boards. This gave it the cool, rustic look I was going for and really helped set it apart. Really fun project. 

Reclaimed boards, and factory lumber
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Started with light coat of primer, immediately wiping away excess. Dark stain is kona (2 coats) and the top and sides are stained weathered gray (1 coat). We wanted more of the white to show through the grey, and the nature of the reclaimed boards helped with this.
Estimated Cost: 
Less than 50$ (wood, screws, stain, etc) - I was able to use salvaged wood for much of it and had the tools.
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Tile-top Coffee Table

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Pine/ Mosaic Glass Tile

Combined a few different plans from Ana White and made a tiletop coffee table and matching end table.

TV console is next :)

 

Required Skill Level: 
Advanced
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Classic Gray, Dovegray Grout, Tried and True Linseed Oil Natural Wood Finish
Estimated Cost: 
$200

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