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My First Project - Lukes Bed

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I made this bed for my son Luke's for 4th birthday. This project was a first for me and I loved doing it. I modified the stairs as I wasn't crazy about how shallow the steps were and how high the rise was. I have 4 stairs instead of 3 and they stick out about 4 inches from the front of the bed. The bottom step is a small toy box and the top 3 are all drawers. I also added a slide. The slide design was the biggest challenge as I couldn't find a set of plans that I liked. I ended up tracing the shape from an outdoor playset that we have. I then created a template and used a router to cut 1/4" grooves into the left and right hand sides. With help, We slid a 1/8" of wood into the grooves. The wood was from home depot, slick on one side. I think it was a Hardboard tempered panel, but I don't remember for sure. The entire project probably took 60-70 hours. The bed itself was about 30-35. The other time was the stairs with drawers and the slide. A good chunk of the remaining time was spent in planning and figuring out the slide and adjusting the drawers. This being my first project, I spent a lot of time just figuring things out. I had never used a router before. I had never drilled pocket holes before. This project opened my eyes to a whole new world.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
We used stain and "Candy Sticks" The Candy Sticks are giant stickers that photographers use for interesting backgrounds.
Estimated Cost: 
$650

My first ever woodworking project!

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We are on a tight budget so this was built total from scrap lumber from when we removed a wall in our house and a few other scraps.  So the dimensions didn't turn out exactly right but that was my fault.  Thanks for sharing your plans.  My girl is going to love it!  

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Beginner
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great project

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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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