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mostly pine

Great site and projects! I had to add glass doors after I thought I was finshed. Then it was strongly suggested to add doors to keep gglassware safe from our four cats.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Some behr paint+primer.
Estimated Cost: 
Actually I reclaimed the shelving boards from shelves in a spare room that we were getting rid of. Probably about $100 as the 1/4 " glass ran about $50.

Taylor's Console Table

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Pine

This was a easy build and lots of fun to build!  I pretty much followed the plans for this piece.  The only thing I didn't add were the wheels on the bottom of the legs.  Because I was using this mainly as a TV stand, I wanted it to not be moved.  In the future if the TV goes up on the wall, I'll add the legs.  Thanks for the plans!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Steel wool and vinegar with a poly topcoat. I made a fresh batch of the steel wool mixture so it was a little bit of a lighter brown than normal, which I like.
Estimated Cost: 
Probably around $75

Fancy X Desk

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Pine

This was my first build.  After searching high and low for a desk for my husband for Christmas, I decided to build him one......2 weeks before Christmas.  With some help from my father, we somehow pulled it off! (without killing each other) I followed the plans exactly, except for one thing.  I used a pine panel for the top so my hubby would have a flat writing surface.  I purchased a 6ft panel (i think) and cut it down to 5ft.  When he went away on a business trip, I transported it from my parents house (where the build was taking place) and assembled it.  Then I put a big red bow on it and surprised him!  Don't know how I'm going to top that gift!  

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Steel wool and vinegar for the whole thing finished with a poly topcoat.
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Rustic X with a beachy twist

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Pine

I was really looking forward to building this coffee table for a while.  I followed the base plans for the Rustic X Coffee table and added my own twist.  I planked 1x3's for the bottom instead of using a solid bottom shelf to give it a "beachy" feel.  I also used 1x6's for the top instead of 2x's to give it a lighter feel.  I framed out the top so there were no exposed edges.  Instead of the X's, I took 2x2's and angled them in the front and back. I know it's very different than the original plans but I had this design in my head and I absolutely love it!  Thanks for the plans!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
The bottom was painted a flat white. For the top, I used steel wool and vinegar, sanded and then wiped on weathered gray stain that was thinned out with mineral spirits, and wiped off. Poly for the topcoat.
Estimated Cost: 
Probably around $100 but only because I had a few wrong measurements!

Greek Key

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Modified plans it fit our wall.  Looks great and only took a few hours start to finish. 

10 - 1"x 4" select pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Painted the same color as the trim
Estimated Cost: 
$50.00 (already had the paint)
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Tuscan Turquoise Farm Table and Rustic Benches

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pine

I had a lot of fun building this table and these benches for our Tuscan-themed kitchen. The weathered turquoise gives the surroundings a pop! Thanks, Ana, for the inspiration and for sharing the plans! The benches were built according to the plan, but I did modify the table without the runner underneath so that side chairs could be pushed in.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Tan chalk paint as base, then two more coats of turquoise mix colors. Sanded gently on the edges to get weathered look. Then three coats of polyurethane.
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Lap Table for my 4 year old son

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I altered the plans slightly starting with the desk's top.  I had extra 1 x 12 on hand so I worked the dimensions around that.  The height and width is the same, only the depth is changed. This was a very simple and enjoyable build.

Select Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I used Minwax Early American all over, and Behr Blue Ocean for the letters and outline.
Estimated Cost: 
$15 since I already had the 1 x 12 used for the top on hand.

My Unique first Bed Build and finish, Built form vision,no plans!

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Pine,Poplar & Oak

My first furniture build using my Kreg HD jig, 3/8 Rockler Dow jig and my imagination as I went along. I was making a twin bed frame so I got the dimensions form the box spring and went form there. I made it 3 inches wider then the box spring and 3 inches longer. I glued to the runners a 2X2 and screwd it down with my Kreg 2 1/2 decking screws which made it nice and solid.  I used the dowling jig for the headboard and footboard to give it a distinctive look. I cut the dows to the length I desired and then glued one side in. Now making the otherside line up is a bit of a task. I found angling the final piece  and lining one are two at a time and working my way to the opposite side worked best. When you get the last dow lined up take a rubber mallet and give it several good wacks to take out your fruststions (LOL) and sinc the down in until they are bottomed out. I use 3 Kreg HD screws on each side of the rails along with Oak dows to mount the headboard and footboard to the runners. Workd out just great! The bed is solid and dows not creak in the least. It's as if the bed were carved out of one piece of wood.

The paint I used a base coat of Creamy Oat. Then I painted Elmers glue over the base coat and let it get tacky. Then I drenched it with the green top coat and sat back and watched it crack. It was awesome to watch it crack! Don't worry about it running are dripping you can come back after and take a razor blade and gently remove the drips keeping the razor flat against the finish and not angling it in to the paint. Remember it's supposed to look old and weathered. You can also use the cheapest throw away brrushes you can find. Be sloopy! No worries at all. The thicker you add the glue the wider the cracks will be. Practice on a few scraps to get the feel. I let it cure for 3 days because of the thickness of the paint then covered it with 3 coats of Rust-Oleum's water based Ultimate Polyurethane semi gloss.

I am so proud of this build. Came out better then I ever thought and I love the unique paint as well. Time comsuming but well worth it!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Described in post above.
Estimated Cost: 
$175

Jessi's AG Doll Bed

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pine

This is the third of three AG doll beds I made for my nieces.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Toy
Estimated Cost: 
wood - $0 scrap on hand paint - $0 leftover on hand fabric - $0 leftover from a panel

Erica's AG Doll Bed

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This is the second of three AG doll beds I made for my nieces.

pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Toy
Estimated Cost: 
wood - $0 scrap on hand paint - $0 leftover on hand fabric - leftover from a panel

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