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Entry/Foyer Table

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Pine and Birch

We built this for our entry way to store hats, gloves, and other goodies.  I modifed the depth to be narrower to leave more walking space.  We live in a three level townhouse and any space much less storage space is premium.  I liked the idea of the long pull out drawer in one of the earlier postings as well as the basket idea so we included both into our design.  I also used conventional drawer slides instead of the center mount.  We havent decided on the finish or the drawer pull hardware yet but I love the look of natural wood so i wanted to post it without a finish.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Unfinished
Estimated Cost: 
$150

My first build

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Pine

After following Ana and a couple other talented ladies I decided to get a Kreg and take some action! I made a few adjustments to the size and I used pocket screws to put this together. It is solid! Found the baskets at Lowes and fell in love. It was super easy and my husband couldn't believe I put it together so fast. I has added much needed storage to the front door and we just love it.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Flat black spray paint Minwax dark walnut stain Wood conditioner to seal
Estimated Cost: 
$70 total Baskets were $45!
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Owl bunk beds

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I looked at the doll bed plans forever trying to decide which one to make our daughter. I settled on the camp style bed that Jamie from "that's my letter" made from Ana's plans. There was one error in the cut list, you do not need 7-20" 1x2 pieces, unless I really messed up! You only need 5. It was fun and surprisingly easy to build. The sanding and painting took far longer than the actual building. It took me less than two hours to build, including dry time for the wood glue on the rails (hot glue would be faster) I found craft paint brush #16 (3/4 inch) worked the best and fastest for painting all the rails. Any bigger brush and you'd get runs at all the corners. I put on one coat primer, and three coats of paint, probably about 6-8 hours total time in sanding, painting and applying the finish wax. I made the bedding with some cute fabric from Joann's Fabric, also harder than the building! All said and done the extra hours were worth the finished product, it is beyond beautiful and I am so happy! I can't wait to see Elena's face on Christmas morning. (You can build it in 1-2 hours, I put weekend project b/c of the time to finish it) I worked on it for about an hour at a time over a two week period, as I couldn't let her see me working on it!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Sherwin Williams (Snow Bound) paint White wax for top coat
Estimated Cost: 
$30
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Cottage style end table!

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This was my first time building a project that had a drawer involved. It took me three attemts to get the drawer right and I ended up building internal wood slides for the drawer to sit on and a couple of stops to keep it from falling out or going too far back. Not having to deal with finicky drawer slides made it much easier for me. I think it looks nice and it really is the perfect height for next to a bed or chair. 

The cuts are very simple but I don't know how I would have done this without a kreg jig. It made putting all the boards together so much easier and kept them tight and strong. 

 

 

Mostly pine and then common boards (whitewood)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum primer 1 coat; Coat of Glidden Connecticut Blue (eggshell
Estimated Cost: 
$20-$35, Mine was around 35 since I bought a nicer pine 2x2 for the legs and a pine 1x3. If I had used the common wood it would have dropped the price at least $10.

King Farmhouse BED

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Knotty Pine

This is my DIY for a farmhouse bed. Inspired by Anna white and Pottery Barn. I wanted a sturdy look and used 4 x 4 posts and decided to make a king!

Check out my blog:

http://www.woodworkingfourdummies.com/blog/king-farmhouse-bed-diy

 

Cheers,

Ian

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
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Finish Used: 
Minwax Dark Walnut with a water based polyurethane
Estimated Cost: 
$ 270.00 CDN

Fancy X Farmhouse Table

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pine

This project was so easy and it looks awesome!!!!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
We used all Minwax water-based products because I hate cleaning brushes with mineral spirits. The color I used was Rosewood with the satin Polycrylic finish.
Estimated Cost: 
It only cost about $100!

First Project

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Common Board, Douglas Fir, Plywood

This was my first project (ever). There were a few times that I wanted to throw the whole thing on the floor and start over but I persisted and it actually turned out very nice. Way better than I had anticipated. Thank you for the plans!

Required Skill Level: 
Advanced
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Jacobean stain followed by three coats of Polyurethane.
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Lego Table/Stool

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Pine wood, birch plywood.

My grandson loves Lego's.  So for his birthday I built him a Lego table.  The top is reversible so it can be used for other activities when not playing with Lego's.  It also has 6 storage bin's that slide out.  I also built a stool that looks like a Lego.  It has storage and it's on wheels.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Polyurethane, Apple Red paint (Rustoleum)
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Media Cabinet

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Birch hardwood, birch plywood

I fell in love with a Printer's Collection media cabinet at the Pottery Barn, but I couldn't afford the $$$ price tag. So I decided to build it myself. Theirs was made out of pine but I made mine out of birch. It wasn't very hard to build, it just had a lot of pieces.  I made 3 pieces, the center being 3 sections, and 2 shelf sections on the ends.  I thought it turned out great and fits our space perfectly.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
3 coats of Minwax English Chestnut, sanding sealer, Minwax Gel Stain Hickory (as a glaze), Minwax polyurethane in satin.
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Wood Mail Sorter with Santa Box

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Pine

Great quick project. Made two so that I could give one as a gift. Used chalkboard paint so I could change box names. Made bottom box a Santa box for the Christmas season. 

 

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Used a dark walnut miniwax stain and a polyurethane varnish
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