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Jelly Cupboard Armoire

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Pine

This is my first solo and most ambitious project. I only had some help with getting the doors hung. I combined my long-time love of machine embroidery and my new found love of woodworking to create the doors on this project and really make it something special. I'm going to be using this piece in place of a chest of drawers in my bedroom.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Cabernet and several coats of Rustoleum Interior Ultimate Polyurethane
Estimated Cost: 
About $150

Chunky Truss Table

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SPF lumber and Cedar

This is my first full sized table project.  I wanted to make an inexpensive dining table with nice looks and this one fit the criteria.  I deviated from the plans by making the legs frames and the middle truss using rabbit and dado joinery.  As a result the middle truss and leg frames did not have to be fastened together with any screws.  This design modification made it easier to build in the garage and be able to move easily into the house for final assembly.  Top is made of SPF lumber stained to match the natural colour of the cedar legs and truss frame.  Thanks Ana for the inspiration to build this beutiful piece.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Stain (early american) and Minwax Helmsman finish.
Estimated Cost: 
$150-$200

Pallet Christmas Trees

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Pallets

I have some pallet wood and decided to make some Christmas trees.  They were really fast and easy.  I cut them at a 45° and just glued and nailed them together. 

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Finish Used: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
Free

Planked Headboard / Waterbed Build

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Pine
I don't have photos of the build but I did acquire some pictures of the assembly.
 
What we added to the shopping list for a king was 3 1x6x8's (he bought 6 total instead of 1x6x10's) and 1 1x4x8. To build it in a king or California king just take a measurement of the top or bottom of the bed frame to find the length to all of the horizontal boards. This takes care of the headboard. For the frame we simply built it to fit out of four 2x10x10's. 
 
I also used my Kreg Jig to attach all of the center horizontal boards together with pocket holes instead of adding supports to the back.
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Rust-Oleum English Chestnut
Estimated Cost: 
$150.00 for the entire bed.
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Farmhouse Storage Bed With Hidden Drawer

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Fir and birch plywood.

Ana, thanks for these plans! They inspired me to make my first bed build. I also want to thank all of you that added brag posts! They gave me ideas for some of the modifications that I made. I did this build by mixing your Queen Farmhouse and Queen Farmhouse Storage bed plans. I also added a number of modifications to suit my own preferences. The drawer boxes I changed by building a faceplate (I didn't want the plywood ends exposed), and by increasing in depth to maximize some additional storage. Since I increased the drawer sizes, I went with the euro roller bearing slides. I increased the foot-board height to be slightly higher than the mattress. I also designed the footboard to have a removable inner section with hidden latches on the inside. I did this because I wanted to make use of the "dead space" between the drawer boxes. I then used this space to house a hidden drawer, that is approx six feet deep (I couldn't help myself-I love hidden drawers wink). Because I added the hidden drawer, I changed the opptional center support to 4X4 blockes that were pocket screwed under the center of the boxes. I ended up using birch plywood and fir for this build. For my first bed build I'm fairly happy with how it came out. Thanks again!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
I haven't got there yet, but I am planning on putting a mahogany stain and then a polyurethane. All
Estimated Cost: 
I didn't keep exact track of the cost of this bed, but I think it was about $800.

Kentwood Twin Bed

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Pine

My husband and I built this bed for my sister-in-law for Christmas. It took us about a week of working an hour or so a day on it. Most of that time was staining. The actually assembly took about 2 hours. 

I included a picture of how we attach the siderails to the headboard/footboard. We use a bracket that the 1x2 slides into. It is screwed to both the siderail and the headboard with 1 1/4" screws. We also attach a small L bracket to each corner with helps remove any wiggle that was there previously. It really makes the bed much more stable by adding those little L brackets. Again, we used 1 1/4" screws to attach them. 

 

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Sanded well 1 coat of pre-conditioner 1 coat of Minwax early american 2 coats of Minwax Mission Oak with Polyurethane, Satin Steel Wool after each coat of the stain with poly
Estimated Cost: 
$110-$120 (price includes wood, stain and hardware)
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First Build: Two of them!

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Douglas Fir

I wanted a project to build with my husband, and his desk was falling apart. Mine was old and tiny so we made two of these side by side. I did all my own work with some instruction from him, and it was pretty easy! It was also really fast: I think the total time spent was under 8 hours!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Stain in Gray, with 4 coats of Matte finish Varathane sealer.
Estimated Cost: 
$70
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Christmas Tree

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1/4 inch and 3/4 inch square dowels

Simple Christmas Tree made from 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch square dowels, a bit of scrap 2 by 2 and some scrap 2 by 6.

The dowels were drilled and a metal rod inserted through them all.  Two nuts at top and bottom tightened once the dowels were arranged in place.

Each dowel was cut 0.5 inches shorter than the previous one so it was 1/4 inch sorted on each end.

Each dowel was placed 45 degrees from the one below it.

 

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
White paint.
Estimated Cost: 
$15 for dowels. Base was from scraps left and paint was left over from another project.

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