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Rocket Ship Bookcase

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Pine

My son loves rocketships so this was a nobrainer.  I made it a bit taller than the plans called for, it's about 6 1/2 feet tall.  It should hold all of my son's books and then some!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Red, white and blue paint and 2 coats of gloss poly.
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End Table

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Quick and easy endtable made from scraps I had on hand.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Antique nickel paint and 3 coats of gloss polyurethane, I sanded between each coat of poly.
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Bigger Kids Picnic Table

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Pine

Our kids love this table.  Everyone had to put their handprints on it!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Orange left over paint, finger paint for the hand prints and satin polyurethane.
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Laundry Cart

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Super easy. Under $50 .. wanted an industrial look to match new shelves, and could storage laundry baskets. Wanted a certain width / color. Added extra pieces to bottom shelves to create a cubble shelve.

Love the outcome!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Varathane - Weathered Gray Poly Wood Stain (home depot stain + poly $14)
Estimated Cost: 
$50

Cool Dresser

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pine

This project is built from a/b sanded plywood, pine select trim, and pine 2x2 furing stirps.  I was a little scared to do the drawers as i have not had great luck with them in the past.  But after watching some videos and reading the tutriol for the slides i tackled it and it came out great.  I didnt want the wheels so i made the side 2" taller and it worked out great.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
minwax red mahogany no poly on it just stain to keep the satin look
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Worth the effort!!!

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Standard lumber from lowes.

Love this piece! Thanks Ana!!!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Steel wool soaked in vinegar...which turned the console a purple color. So we sanded that down a bit and diluted some grey paint and stained over the purple with that. Then we waxed with briwax and bowling alley wax. The finishing technique is a blog post included in Ana's "rustic x" furniture plans.
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Farmhouse Table

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I used the Turned Leg Farmhouse Table Plans for the frame of the table, but changed the measurements to fit the table top from the Farmhouse Table - Updated Pocket Hole Plans. I also saved a little money by using a set of black turned legs from an old kitchen table. 

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
I sanded the entire project with 150 grit and 220 grit sandpaper. I wanted the table top to be as smooth as possible, so I sanded it with 400 grit sandpaper. For the finish, I used Minwax Dark Walnut Stain and three coats of Minwax Satin Finish Polyurethane.
Estimated Cost: 
$70-$75 - Saved some money by using a set of turned legs from an old kitchen table.

Cupboard

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Mostly pine

My second build. :)  I made my own chalk paint and waxed it with a clear wax. It turned out awesome, thanks for a fun plan!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I made my own chalk paint using a flat latex and food grade, powdered chalk and then I waxed it with a clear wax.
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Tryed Side Table

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Kiln-Dried Whitewood. Standard 2x4's and 4x4's

Absolutely love this site. Built 2 of these for my living room. Now building the matching sofa table to match. Couldn't be easier and I think they turned out great. Thank you for all the great plans

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Golden Pecan with Minwax Satin polyurethane
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