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Dresser

April 5, 2014 |
posted by Crafted Perfection
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Dresser
Dresser
Dresser
Dresser
Dresser
About This Project

This dresser was custom built for a customer who gave the dimensions they needed to fit their space. The dresser is a remake of the Pottery Barn Branford dresser but scaled down to the dimensions the customer wanted. It is finished in General Finishes milk paint and General Finishes high performance top coat. It took about two weeks working about a couple hours a day before work.

Estimated Cost: 
$250
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Advanced
Type of Wood: 
Birch plywood and pine
Finish Used: 
General Finishes milk paint the color is lamp black and the top coat is the high performance top coat satan finish.
posted by pejmo3
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Big Kids picnic table
Big Kids picnic table
About This Project

This is the first wood working project that I did, all by myself, Thank you so much Ana for sharing your plans. Sense then I have built another one but used a 2x8 for the seats instead of the 2x4's to make one solid seat and used decking boards for the top instead of the 2x4's. I have added the 2nd table to show what it looks like. Thank you so much Ana for sharing your plans. I have enjoyed it so much and i'm getting more confident building other things.

Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
PT Pine
Finish Used: 
I stained this table with pecan stain, and then poly coated. Didn't know that you don't have to use PT wood if your going to stain a project. Saves on the cost of the wood if you want to stain it. PT cost more then non-PT. I know now. :)
posted by dhynd
About This Project

Made two tables with my sister in less than six hours! During this time we also went to the store, took many breaks and even ate lunch! A fun project that develops tons of confidence :)

Made out of pine, used 3" steel casters, stained in espresso, and didn't use wood glue. Ate sushi on them tonight! Also.....a perfect table for sitting on the floor and coloring, using a lap-top, or toss some pillows on it for a sleepy pup. Super neat!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$95 for TWO tables
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Espresso Stain with Poly
posted by Julie737
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Red Shoe Shrine
About This Project

I was looking for an excuse to use my new Kreg Jig and also Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. My entrance from my garage had a cheap two level shelf which never was enough for all our shoes so when I saw this I thought it would be perfect. This was my first Ana-White project and the left cubbies ended up being wider than the right. I loved the Kreg Jig. What's cool is I did it all alone, with the help of my husband watching my kids! It was a lot of painting to get the distressed look that you really can't see from the pictures but I am very happy with it and it is very sturdy. I ended up doing 4 columns instead of 3 but only one shelf...probably also why the measurements got messed up.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$250
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Primed in Dark Brown paint I had leftover, Distressed with vaseline and sandpaper, Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint, and applied clear wax. Also, distressed the pine before painting with my hammer and screw driver.
posted by Julie737
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Red Shoe Shrine
About This Project

I was looking for an excuse to use my new Kreg Jig and also Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. My entrance from my garage had a cheap two level shelf which never was enough for all our shoes so when I saw this I thought it would be perfect. This was my first Ana-White project and the left cubbies ended up being wider than the right. I loved the Kreg Jig. What's cool is I did it all alone, with the help of my husband watching my kids! It was a lot of painting to get the distressed look that you really can't see from the pictures but I am very happy with it and it is very sturdy. I ended up doing 4 columns instead of 3 but only one shelf...probably also why the measurements got messed up.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$250
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Primed in Dark Brown paint I had leftover, Distressed with vaseline and sandpaper, Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint, and applied clear wax. Also, distressed the pine before painting with my hammer and screw driver.
posted by romanweel
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Upper Cabinet Awesomeness
Upper Cabinet Awesomeness
Upper Cabinet Awesomeness
Upper Cabinet Awesomeness
Upper Cabinet Awesomeness
About This Project

This is the sequel to my first kitchen cabinet build, the awesome base unit to the right of the stove. It's another custom design to fit the space (and replace some horribly inefficient metal cabinets that, while cute, really looked like they belonged in a different kitchen). And my first time working with maple and edge banding! Thank you, thank you, no applause please. I'm calling this project "intermediate" skill only because I chose to router the doors and install cup hinges. Otherwise, they're just big boxes on the wall, for real.

The carcasses, shelves, and door panels are all Purebond plywood. The face and door frames are 1x2 and 1x3 maple. The french cleat used to hang the two pieces is also plywood (more on my blog about that). Unfortunately, I don't know enough about wiring to add/move that outlet so that the microwave cord could be hidden...but at least the microwave itself is off the counter! It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.

The wineglass storage is a sort-of take-off on a few other plans on here and some pieces I saw down in Amish country. It's a little rough-looking outside of the cabinet into which it is installed because I didn't design that element very elegantly. Plus I kept changing things on myself mid-stream.

The concealed cup hinges...were totally intimidating. And at first I bought into all the hype about "you HAVE to use a drill press or you'll RUIN your doors", but in the end I just eyeballed it with a plain old forstner bit, and all 6 doors turned out fine! Plus, I got to use Blumotion hinges...you physically cannot slam these doors!!

I'm super proud of this project, and my mother-in-law (in whose kitchen they reside) is thrilled. Btw, the crown moulding is not yet installed, which is why the trim pieces up top look so funny.

Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Plywood and maple
Finish Used: 
Sherwin Williams ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel, plain old white Polyurethane on the shelves (which in retrospect should have used polycrylic...they turned out a little yellow, which is unfortunate)
posted by raybotelho
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Taylor Console
Taylor Console
Taylor Console
About This Project

I love this plan and had already built one a few months ago.
It is an easy project to tackle ;)
I did change things up a bit.
Will be building another one soon :)
Thank you so much for sharing the plans.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Dark walnut stain followed by white dry brushing on the base.
posted by gabriellus
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My first brag!
About This Project

That was fun. Got a new dog, built her this for double duty. A crate and a table. The finishing was the lengthy part, by a LONG shot. Can't wait to start a new plan.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$75
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine/Plywood
Finish Used: 
BEHR® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Wood Stain Minwax® Clear Brushing Lacquer
posted by AndyH
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Entrance Cabinet
Entrance Cabinet
About This Project

Wanted to build a cabinet for the entrance and liked the look of the Rustic X console but wanted drawers and doors too. Second piece from mainly own design just incorporating those Rustic X ends.

The piece is 6ft long for the main cabinet part.

Found the hinges off the internet and just trying to find some matching drawer pulls now. (Any suggestions greatly welcomed).

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$350
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Lowes/Home Depot Select Pine boards.
Finish Used: 
Minwax Ebony (2 coats) and Minwax Poly Satin (3 coats).
posted by Juan morales
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fancy x barn house table and benches
fancy x barn house table and benches
fancy x barn house table and benches
About This Project

Well this is a project I made from plans from this site and we love it ! Is my first peace of furniture I've ever made and I think it was Farley easy my wife saw the pictures and ask me if I would make it & I was like I'll try and it turned out beautiful everyone who's seen it love it very sturdy actually it was completed right on time for thanksgiving day. I want to thank Anna and whoever posted those plans we love our big table and matching benches : )

Estimated Cost: 
about $200
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
Just regular building lumber
Finish Used: 
Minwax pre-stain conditioner and minwax wood finish dark walnut 2716

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