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Coffee Table

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This was my first project and it turned out way better than I expected. One of the most time consuming parts was finding pieces of wood that were not warped from Home Depot. The Xs really make the table look amazing, and even though mine are not perfectly symmetrical, I think I did pretty well since my compound miter saw will only cut up to 45 degrees. I had to use a jig saw for the 60 degree cuts, which was kind of a nightmare. 

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Beginner
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Wood Cooler

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I had an old aluminum Pepsi cooler that had been sitting around collecting dust for years on the back porch, after seeing these cooler plans I was inspired to create a cooler stand the would show off the cooler and make it useful again.  I built the whole thing using scrap lumber I had.  Took two days to complete, Thanks for the post!

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Intermediate
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Black Cherry Garden Bench

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2x4's and 2x6

Thanks for the plans Ana!  I used a black cherry paint wash for the color, I wanted the wood grain to show.  I used 150 grit sandpaper to distress it, and then poly on top to protect it.  I also used a 2x6 on the bottom so I can use it as a shelf.  Sturdy and functional, looks fantastic on the front porch next to my yellow door!  In the winter I'll keep it at the foot of my bed.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
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Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
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The finish was a paint wash. I used one 8 oz sample size of paint and 8 oz of water mixed together to thin the paint. Two coats of the wash, then I distressed with 150 grit sandpaper. I then added 3 coats of poly, lightly sanding with 400 grit between the first 2 coats. I keep it on a covered porch and it's held up great all summer.
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$25
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Mission style table with French Typographical

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Was a fun project!  Took only a few days.  I hand painted the typographical using the method mentioned on the graphic fairy's website.  Thanks for the post!

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Intermediate
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Tall Narrow Wardrobe for Tiny House

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Needed a wardrobe for a 24-inch wide space. Not sure you could buy such a thing -- certainly not in the small town where we live. Glancing at Ana's "Toy or TV Armoire" plans gave me an idea how to proceed.

Didn't plan for drawers, initially, but turned out I hadn't pre-stained enough trim for full-height doors, so decided to add drawers. Glanced at the insert plans, and it didn't look too bad. Decided to build the drawers right in with 22-inch 75lbs sliders, since again, not enough trim for full doors. Also, I think it might be tedious to first open a door or in my case doors just to get to the drawes. Miraculously, cabinet turned out to be square enough (+/- 1/16th inch) for the sliders. Here's to $99 table saws and pocket hole screws!

Thank you, Ana, for this and the other plans I built (craft table). Also, I admire your webmasters Drupal-craft!

Materials were 2 10-foot 2x6s for drawers, sheet 3/4 birch and one sheet 1/4 birch, plus 52 feet of #2 pine 1x4s. Very little left over.
Required Skill Level: 
Advanced
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
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Trim has two coats of Pratt & Lambert oil-based "Toy Wagon" color semi-transparent redwood stain, which takes two weeks to dry. The ply has water-based MinWax polyurathane. Finished most everything before assembling. Was too lazy to varnish over the trim, though that would certainly make it less "rustic." Oh well. It's not a piano.
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$40 for the stain, $10 for varnish $24 for hardware $120 for plywood $50 for trim $30 for drawer sliders $5 for pocket hole screws Total: $279 Oh wait... $20 more for the two 2 x 6s used for the drawers, $8 worth of Tite Bond, and? Call it $310 or so.

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