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posted by vlilly
About This Project

I had the wood to make this for about 2 weeks. Started on Tuesday and finished Thursday evening! I wanted the look to be different from the Apothecary look so I made the doors a little different!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
pine, Purebond plywood
Finish Used: 
Stained all wood with Rustoleum "Carrington" stain, then painted over the bottom part with Rustoleum "Heirloom White" Spray paint. Distressed through the white so the dark stain could peek through.
posted by Cody_G
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4x4 Farmhouse Table
About This Project

This a great project that I built for a friend. She wanted it to be a little distressed, but she gave me creative license to I found a middle ground between rustic and distressed. I hand planed the top to create a great distressed look on the top.
This is a great project, but I would just pass along to make sure that you have enough room and enough help. This table is large and heavy.

Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Construction Grade Pine
Finish Used: 
Custom mix stain and Polyurethane top coats
posted by feliciab
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Modified Fancy X Farmhouse Table
Modified Fancy X Farmhouse Table
Modified Fancy X Farmhouse Table
Modified Fancy X Farmhouse Table
About This Project

I had admired the x frame table from Anthropologie but knew it was out of my price range. When I saw these plans from Ana White, I knew I had to try to make my own table. This was my first wood working project and turned out that it wasn't too difficult. I constructed the table in a weekend. The first one I built was 5' long (used 4 2x10 boards) so that it would fit in our townhouse kitchen. When we moved to a larger home, I was able to create a new larger top and extended the base. The new table is 8' (used 4 2x12 boards). I absolutely love the table. Thank you Ana!

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Varathane American Walnut Stain Minwax Polycrylic (satin)
posted by mykahnicole
About This Project

My gorgeous desk.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$60
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Rust-Oleum American Walnut
posted by chomuth
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First project Nicest thing in my house
First project Nicest thing in my house
First project Nicest thing in my house
First project Nicest thing in my house
About This Project

Well this is my first project and it took me a long time. I have to think way to long before I actually do something. I redrew the drawings to fit my garbage can but it still didn't fit.
Oh well, it was a good idea at the time.
I used a biscuit joiner and glue to put everything together. For the door I used rail and stile bits. The panels are made of MDF, I used a bit made just for raised panel doors on the router table to make them, Oh by the way MDF makes a very big dusty mess, Please wear a mask it has to be really bad to breath.
I also added a slow close piece that is mainly used on kitchen cabinets, I just had to do that and it works very well.
Thanks Ana for such a helpful website

Chuck

Estimated Cost: 
$100 or so
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
Pine and MDF
Finish Used: 
Primed and spray painted all the pieces. I also sanded between the coats of paint Some pieces needed to be painted before assembly. The top is pine that was stained and varnished. Spray painting in a basement really make the house smell bad, Ok Ok I am not always the smartest person.
posted by Rustic Woodworks
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Pottery Barn Harper Style Coffee Table
Pottery Barn Harper Style Coffee Table
Pottery Barn Harper Style Coffee Table
Pottery Barn Harper Style Coffee Table
About This Project

My wife saw the Harper Style coffee table by Pottery barn and loved it so as a gift to her i set out to recreate this table in a white wash look that is not available and after a week of creating plans and a weekend of work here it is with fully functional drawers that are accessible from both sides

Estimated Cost: 
$150-$200
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
combination of Minwax Honey and Ebony for the top and an underlying of random Ebony strokes and a few coats of Minwax Pickling White wash for the body of the table
posted by ablancher03
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Build the Simple Bed
Build the Simple Bed
About This Project

I have boys that share a room and we needed some sturdy twin beds. My wife looked online and found some on potterybarn.com or crateandbarrel.com for $425 each and that's before shipping. I told her I could make them for half that. The plans were pretty straight forward. The finishing (sanding, sanding and more sanding - then painting) was the hardest and longest part. I would recommend an electric palm or disc sander. It will be your best friend. I used 100 grit and then moved to 120 to sand all of the wood. I did this after I made all of the cuts and before I assembled. Seemed to make it easier. We decided to paint them to go with the colors in the room. The bed is very heavy and sturdy. I made both beds at the same time, which cost me right at $300. Clock hours was about 20-22 from beginning to end and it took me a little longer than a weekend since I was working around weekend soccer games and birthday parties.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$300
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Type of Wood: 
Southern Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir
Finish Used: 
Latex paint - flat
posted by timberandsoul
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Butcher Block Kitchen Island
Butcher Block Kitchen Island
Butcher Block Kitchen Island
Butcher Block Kitchen Island
About This Project

I built this from Ana's plans with some slight modifications. The top is built from hard maple and is an edge grain butcher block. I sealed the top with mineral oil and beeswax. The finish is distressed calypso blue. I also added 3" locking and swiveling casters.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$200.00
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Required Skill Level: 
Advanced
Type of Wood: 
hard maple, pine, douglas fir,
Finish Used: 
The paint is calypso blue by Benjamin Moore. I sanded and distressed the piece. I then wiped on stain and wiped off stain to add a rustic look.
posted by Stacey G
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Reclaimed Wood Bench...My First DIY Piece
Reclaimed Wood Bench...My First DIY Piece
Reclaimed Wood Bench...My First DIY Piece
Reclaimed Wood Bench...My First DIY Piece
Reclaimed Wood Bench...My First DIY Piece
About This Project

This was my first attempt to use real power tools and make furniture. After being inspired by Ana, I purchased my Kreg Jig and got to work! I needed a coffee table so I tweaked this one to fit my needs. I ended up staining it with Minwax Gray, but it wasn't rich enough for me. So I took white, black and brown pain and dry brushed it to give it that old barn wood look.....OMG I LOVE IT! It came out perfect. So much better than in the photos even! Thank you for the inspiration Ana.....What will I make next???? Hmm......

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
15.00
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
Pine
posted by daveJay
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Rustic X Coffee Table in Cedar
Rustic X Coffee Table in Cedar
Rustic X Coffee Table in Cedar
About This Project

This is my first real piece of furniture I've built. We decided to build it in Western Red Cedar because our local home improvement store had a good selection of it. It was pricier than pine, but it holds stain really well and is really beautiful.

I modified the plan and bought a 4x4 for the legs, then I cut that down to 3" x 3" exactly with my table saw. That way it doesn't look like a standard cut of wood, but something more custom. As a result I had to put corner notches in my bottom piece so that it would fit in with the legs. That was tricky to do, but would have been easier if I had a jigsaw

I made a few measuring errors and had to correct it by trimming down the table top so there was only an inch overhang on the edges. So this is actually a few inches less deep than the plan called for, but it worked out ok I think.

With the X's I laid them on top of the legs and traced a line to cut rather than trying to cut an exact miter. I also traced it so that I'd cut a bit off of the top and side of the corner so that it fits in nice and snug on both edges.

I also traced the intersection lines. Then I set my table saw (don't have a circular saw) to 1/2 an inch and just cut out several notches in between the intersection lines so the to X pieces could overlap each other. A "halved joint" I believe it's called.

From Plan (new): 
Estimated Cost: 
$120
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
Western Red Cedar
Finish Used: 
I finished it with a coat of Minwax Honey Maple gel stain followed by some Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. Just put a thin layer of wax on, wait for it to dry several minutes and then buff it out with a clean rag till it's got a nice shine.

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