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Max's New Camp Loft Bed with Stair

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Premium pine for everything.

Awesome project and my son couldn't be happier.

Living in a small apartment in NYC, I had to rent the mitre saw from Home Depot ($50 for the day) and lug it and all the lumber up the flights of stairs. Other than that, the project was a breeze and took two days, by myself, from start to finish. I added some metal L brackets at some of the load bearing joints for extra support. Also used a 2x4 as the mattress rest (instead of a 2x2) and added another 2x4 as a center beam to support the mattress.

All that's left is painting and decorating, either with a curtain or plywood, depending on what my son wants. Thanks for the plans!!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
N/A - to be painted. Covering for the bottom with either be a felt curtain with a design sewn on (castle, train, etc) or plywood cut into the shape he wants (firetruck, rocket ship, etc).
Estimated Cost: 
Lumber - $80, Brackets and screws - $30, Saw rental - $50

iCoffeeTable by Jordan

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With all my left-over oak plywood laying around from a previous project and the need for a new coffee table, I decided I could easily utilize what I had on-hand to build the iTable (we've begun referring to our breakfast nook as the "indoor lumber yard", as it's full of scraps that I KNEW would be useful :) ). I rip cut the plywood to 5 1/2"-wide boards and cut to size for the center of the table. All I had to buy were the oak boards for the four trim pieces on top and the 6' 4x4's for the legs (I also used the rip-cut oak plywood for the skirts since the edges are not visible).

I sanded the project down with 80-grit and then 120-grit sandpaper. I used Rustoleum Kona stain (this was my first time using a non-Minwax product, and I have to say that Kona from Rustoleum is my new favorite color). I sealed the project with two coats of Minwax Polycrylic Semi-Gloss on everthing but the top of the table, where I applied three coats.

Oak (plywood and hardwood); Pine for legs
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum Wood Stain in Kona; Minwax Polycrylic in Semi-Gloss
Estimated Cost: 
$75

Corona Coffee Table

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Knotty Pine

This was the second piece that I built using the plans here and I think it turned out great! Originally I was going to stain the whole project but my fiancee convinced me otherwise and I'm glad she did.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
I started with wood conditioner for the top, 2 coats of red oak stain, then 2 coats of polyurethane. For the base I primed the project using a white primer tinted with the base coat color, chocolate brown. I followed that with a coat of chocolate brown, two coats of ivory bone, then 1 coat of polyurethane. All minwax and valspar products.
Estimated Cost: 
$220
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Rustic X End Table

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Built two of these over the weekend. The first one took 7 hrs to build and the second one only took 3 hrs. Things I learned:

1) Do step 3 before you do step 2. It was a nightmare trying to fit the 1x12s into the rectangular opening. Once you get the 1x12s in there, you can sandwich the 2x2s neatly onto the sides without having to shave down the 1x12s trying to get them to fit.
2) Check for square as you go. This will be important when you get to step 4 and 5.
3) I don't know about other folks but the 2-1/2 PH screws were always screwing all the way through to the other side so I used 1-1/4 PH screws for most places.

And that's it folks! A gorgeous and easy side table. =)

pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
haven't decided what kind of finish but I am kind of digging the natural pine color!
Estimated Cost: 
$30

Great project!

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This is an extremely easy project and great for beginners. The step by step guide was spot on. I would only suggest that if you are having your local home goods store do the cutting to make sure they cut according to the guide given or you will end up with only enough "correct cuts" to make one shelf.

I applied a dark brown base coat and then a nice coat of DIY chalk paint (off white). I distressed the edges and a couple of spots on the top shelf and topped it off with clear paste wax. Looks great in the living room.

Thank you for the plans!

MDF - Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
DIY Chalk Paint (Distressed) with clear paste wax
Estimated Cost: 
$35

Husky farmhouse table

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My first DIY project that I built as a wedding present for my soon to be wife. Got my inspiration from Ana White's husky farmhouse table. I made the table a 4'x4' top and a counter height 36".

Construction grade lumber for top and side skirts. Oak turned legs
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax dark walnut base stain sanded, minwax classic gray stain, then paint and sand to finish the base. Table top is two coats of minwax classic gray with three coats of minwax fast drying polyurethane.
Estimated Cost: 
$165

Adjustable sawhorse craft table

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Built from MODERN INDSUTRIAL ADJUSTABLE SAWHORSE DESK TO COFFEE TABLE. I used a solid table top reinforced underneath so my wife can can use the table as a craft table. I also used 3/4 in allthread

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Unfinished
Estimated Cost: 
100.00

first project

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My very first project, made it for my girlfriends birthday. Did not have time to stain and paint them yet, will add finished pictures.

pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
none yet, will be staining table and painting chairs.
Estimated Cost: 
$550

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