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Pub Table

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White Pine

This was my first build so I learned a lot!!! I love this table but looking back I know more now than I did then and would have done things a little different. I would have plancked the top using my Kreg Jig Jr. and looked for straighter boards at Home Depot. I also altered the design for the look that I wanted, a rustic one. The table is 44" square and stand 43.5" tall. I also mitered the corners of the top outside boards wanting to give it a more finished looked. It took me about 3 days of nap times to build. We use it almost every night to eat dinner. I found the chairs at Habitat for Humanity and have plans to build a few more. My Husband thinks I should paint the table and distress to match the chairs, but that has not happened yet. All together I had a great time and learned a ton.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Dark Walnut with Polyacrylic.
Estimated Cost: 
$100
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Reclaimed wood console table

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Pine for most of it. Plywood, our old barn lumber.

I was originally going to build this console table for our new bathroom vanity. It ended up being too long for the space, so now it is used for storage and to fill empty space in the master bath. (The floor is not level, the table is sitting on blocks on one end.) We love this table! It was easy to make and it is very sturdy and is quite beautiful with our old barn lumber on the drawers. I will probably build another just like it for our laundry room! 

This was my first time installing slides! It is embarrassing to admit how many hours it took to get those to slide smoothly! But they are WELL worth the effort! 

I definitely recommend painting the 1x4 slats BEFORE screwing them to the 2x2 stretchers on the bottom grate. I made a similar grate for another project and forgot to paint them before attaching. BIG MISTAKE. I had to take it all apart to paint it.

Thank you for the plans, I loved working on this table!!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
For the paint, I used a light cream we already had here. For the stains, I used from left to right: Rustoleum Dark Walnut (several layers to make it darker), Minwax Provincial, Rustoleum Willow, Rustoleum Wheat, Rustoleum American Walnut. Top drawer is stained with Wheat, bottom with American Walnut. Whole thing sealed with water-based polycrylic.
Estimated Cost: 
I already had all of the 2x2s and the 1-by's, paint, and some of the knobs. We had to buy the plywoods, stain, and slides and some knobs which was about $100. Now I have leftovers of the wood, stain and knobs to make another one, so it ended up being pretty cheap!

Brookstone storage bed with storage drawers

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Cedar, plywood

Inspired by two different plans because we wanted storage and the barn-look of the headboard. Cedar wood has been stained with a woolsteel/vinegar mix plus few cats of black tea.

Pretty happy with the result. Only drawback: very heavy bed, hard to move with two people even without the headboard.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
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Painter's Ladder

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Premium Pine

My wife saw a painter's ladder shelf at IKEA and wanted one for our master bathroom.   I showed her the shelf on Ana's site and she liked that one much more.  So ... a few hours later we had our  new shelf and my wife couldn't  be more pleased.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Satin spray paint with primer
Estimated Cost: 
40.00

Rustic X coffee table - first project!!

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A little warmer than I had planned but very happy with my completed first project. Thanks Ana!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
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Estimated Cost: 
~200

Narrow table hack

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Pine and melamine

I combined the Narrow Farmhouse Table plan with some changes and Bluedinosaurs tutorial for making a sewing table. http://bluedinosaurs.com/diy-platform-sewing-table/  It came out beautifully!

Thanks for the great plan!!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Paint and polyurathane
Estimated Cost: 
$260.

modern park bench

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2x4's mostly; 1 2x6; and 1x6 for slats all pine

Spent an hour or so an evening after work to make this bench .  Also made the umbrella stand but haven't drilled the hole for the umbrella yet so it' s still in the garage.  Love the bench, it's long & deep enough to lay down upon.  Made the arms from a 2x6 and rounded the front w/ a jig saw, made the other end the same size as the 2x4, and made them longer than the plan. Pretty simple, did use pocket holes in places. First major build & 1st brag.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Pittsburg exterior stain in Oxford Brown
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corner cupboard

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Thanks for the easy to follow plans for this corner cupboard.  I enjoyed making this as much as I enjoyed making your adirondack chairs.  Your drawings couldn't have been any better.  Very easy to follow.  Keep on posting more plans!!

RW Church

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
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