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posted by T.R.
About This Project

The final pieces to my kitchen / entryway remodel. Great plans!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine
posted by moosmani
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Ana's Slipper Chair
Ana's Slipper Chair
Ana's Slipper Chair
Ana's Slipper Chair
About This Project

I mostly followed the plans except for a few modifications in order to use the wood I got for free. I did use 4x4s instead of 2x2s for the legs because I wanted the chunkier look. I might chop them off and put on some fancy feet, but for now I think they look fine. The most expensive part was the foam cushions. I got the good stuff because I wanted the chairs to be comfortable, and they are!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
Around $155 for the foam and fabric for both chairs. The wood was free.
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
posted by mlhawkins
About This Project

I needed more storage for our TINY kitchen. I found the nursery armoire plans and asked my dad to help me build it for a pantry! We modified it some by making it taller and adding more shelves inside (sorry no pics of that). For the doors I wanted to do something fun so we cut lots (over 700!) of small pieces of wood and inlaid then in a herringbone pattern - IN LOVE! For the handles we used copper pipe and I am IN LOVE with those too! Enjoy!

~ Maggie

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
posted by bencorless
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Counter Stools
Counter Stools
Counter Stools
About This Project

I slightly modified the plans to give them more of a "Saddleback" style. I used a 2x10 for the seat, then belt sanded for an hour to give it the concave shape.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$10
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine

Garden Boxes

April 8, 2014 |
posted by brittanyeg
About This Project

Made 4 of these garden boxes for the side of the house. I love how they turned out and it was easy to change the size of boxes just by changing the side lengths. I love the trim on the top. It makes them look so much more finished. Can't wait to fill them.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
cedar fencing and furring
Finish Used: 
I didn't bother with the wood glue step but am sure they'll be fine. Also I couldn't find any 1" screws. But the 1.75" screws worked fine.
posted by Tash-Dreamhouse
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Spring Entry Update - DIY Storage Bench
Spring Entry Update - DIY Storage Bench
About This Project

The entryway in my mom’s house was the perfect candidate for a spring update. Home to a broken, non-functioning storage bench and constantly cluttered with shoes, we decided it was time for an upgrade. It took us a weekend, some PARA paint & stain, a little fabric and lots of elbow grease, but we were able to take the entry way from boring to beautiful.

Estimated Cost: 
$100-125
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
3/4″ pine veneer plywood
Finish Used: 
Bench - PARA TimberCare Solid Stain tinted in Runway (P5191-85D) topped with PARA WoodCare urethane varnish in glossy Bench seat - Landsmere fabric in 'Current' from Tonic Living. Storage boxes - Primed & painted in PARA Too Hot To Handle (P5078-85)
posted by mritek77
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planked wood sideboard
planked wood sideboard
About This Project

I found this plan while looking for a entertainment center, I had never built such a large piece of furniture. After reading thru plans I decided to build my first. Plans were simple, yet effective. I did make some modifications on the fly. I didn't want to go with the panel look so I replaced side panels with 1/4 plywood routered into outer legs (cleaner look than nailing to inside). Also went with glass doors(partially frosted to hid junk stored inside). I deleted the drawers and placed shelfs instead for tv components.

My advice to anyone making this is to be really careful when building main frame of cabinet and check square-ness several times and when applying wood strips around door jams careful measuring openings for consistency top to bottom and side to side. This will make hanging doors much easier. I learned the hard way, had to make some adjustments when hanging door. Also have hinges you plan on using on hand so as to measure thinkness of desired hinge to check clearance of door.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
pine/2x4
Finish Used: 
Black/tan paint
posted by HammerNhand
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First Console table
First Console table
First Console table
About This Project

This is the first Table I've ever build. I used a burnt out tree stump as a makeshift cutting table. The Theme I'm using for my projects is no electricity no power tools. The entire project was done with a Hammer, saw, and nails. Ana Whites plans where perfect and simple to follow, thanks

Estimated Cost: 
$25
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
pine furring strips
Finish Used: 
Used Minwax wood finish gunstock 231.
posted by HammerNhand
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First Console table!
First Console table!
About This Project

I started this project without a cutting table or any kind of shop set up. I used a burnt out tree as my makeshift cutting table. With only hand tools I used Ana Whites blueprints from her website to do this whole table, the directions were very easy to
follow and very helpful.

Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
posted by McGee and Me
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Our Porch Swing Bed
Our Porch Swing Bed
Our Porch Swing Bed
Our Porch Swing Bed
Our Porch Swing Bed
About This Project

I have wanted a swing bed for ages and got hubby on board with this. We built a full size bed (plenty of room for me and all 3 grandkids!) using poplar. I had the turned dowels from a major score at my Habitat Store several years ago. $2 per dowel! I wanted an old fashioned look and so added the corner brackets to all sides and the resin appliques on the back.

I primed with cream colored ceiling paint, an "Oops" paint from my neighborhood home improvement store. The baby blue was another "Oops" paint - another score- only $5 for a gallon of Valspar eggshell. After a very light distressing, I finished it with a paste wax.

I make the design and drawing and Hubby makes all the cuts. I joined all with biscuit joinery for a strong and solid piece.

We hung it from the ceiling joists with 1" manila ropes, added lots of pillows and plants and it is my happy place. A night blooming jasmine adds a heady fragrance that puts me right at peace ... A great refuge from a crazy work day!!!

Estimated Cost: 
$500 without the bedding
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Poplar
Finish Used: 
Valspar eggshell finish in a baby blue for a matte look, finished off with a little aging wax and final coat of paste wax. (Hard edges were lightly sanded to give a bit of distressing)

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