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Cottage Vanity

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Built this for my cottage out of 3/4" birch purebond and pine. I finished by pickling the purebond and painting the pine and then used a laminate countertop.

Pine and Birch Purebond
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax
Estimated Cost: 
140

Linen closet

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Pine, Sanded Plywood

I needed a place to store towels and other items in my bathroom. This was the perfect project for this. I have friends begging me to make one for them. Not too hard and it definitely does the job!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on this (2 parts Pure White and 1 Part Florence).

Backpack and Homework Center

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pine fence boards, 3/8" sanded plywood, hobby board

I needed a solution for my kids backpacks and disorganized papers. I was able to come up with organizer using a quarter-sheet of plywood, a fence board, and a 4' hobby board. It involves ripping the plywood into smaller strips, so I table saw would be helpful, but the project is totally do-able with just a skill saw.

You basically notch 3 divider boards, attach it to a piece of plywood and build a box for each cubbies. I added lag screws and washers for decoration, and some small coat hooks for storage.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
oxidizing solution and clear, matte lacquer.
Estimated Cost: 
$35 - with hardware

Solar Birdhouse

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2x4 & 2x8 (Pine

Simple/Fun project

Build Instructions:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Birdhouse/

Video of the build:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU5ffvweSjQ

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Stain

Farmhouse Table

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I followed the plans pretty closely. As you can see, I added an extra 2X4 inside the uprights. This gave me room to mortise the 2X4s that run under the table top. Very sturdy and useful. The third pic shows when we used this table for a birthday party. Matched up exactly with our dining room table! It only took one extra 2x4 to make the alterations.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Natural
Estimated Cost: 
$107

Modern Industrial Adjustable Work Stand

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$120 for 2 bases, one top ... less if you have scrap lumber and pipe

The hard part of some woodworking is what to do with the stuff BEFORE and AFTER it goes through the tools.

We need an infeed and outfeed table for routers, drill press, and saws but have no room to install a permanent workbench with an adjustable tool lifter.

We saw the coffee table to desk height adjustment mechanism and lightbulbs went off! This adjusts! We can take the top off! It stores!

The first photo shows it adjusted to align with the miter saw's cutting area.

As built, there are a couple of changes:

1 - It's taller. Lowest table height is about 30" ... add 8 inches to each leg.

2 - We only used 1 leg brace, about half way down the leg. Cut it to fit after you get the legs screwed to the top.

3 - the wobble of the adjustable bar on the threaded rod is not good for precision woodworking ... the second picture shows the guide pipe that keeps the threaded rod straight up and down.

4 - No pocketholes (sorry Anna) because this is a workbench, not fine furniture.

5 - The tops are cut from one sheet of 4x8 3/4 in melamine coated MDF ... 2 are 2x6 and one is 2x4.

This could also make an adjustable craft table. Raise or lower it to handle fabric for your sewing machine.

construction lumber and melamine coated MDF
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$120 for 2 bases, one top ... less if you have scrap lumber and pipe

Console Table

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The Tryde Console table was the inspiration piece. Used kreg jig to join the top boards and connect the legs and aprons. The bottom stretchers were similar to the Farmhouse table plans. I plan on using this outside for a grilling table. I am not going to apply a finish - I want to see how the wood changes when exposed to the elements - hopefully it gets a nice Restoration Hardware-type finish.

Pine 2x4s and 2x6s
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
No finish

Console Table

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The Tryde Console table was the inspiration piece. Used kreg jig to join the top boards and connect the legs and aprons. The bottom stretchers were similar to the Farmhouse table plans. I plan on using this outside for a grilling table. I am not going to apply a finish - I want to see how the wood changes when exposed to the elements - hopefully it gets a nice Restoration Hardware-type finish.

Pine 2x4s and 2x6s
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
No finish

My First Credenza-like Printer Table

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Maple plywood (or was it birch??)

made out of maple plywood and edge banded. the doors are not totally square but for a first go I am ok with it but its been a great learning lesson. I know where I am and where I want to get to in terms of skills.

def have to give props and shout out to Ana. her "can-do" attitude is infectious and the website is awesome. great resource and inspiration.

still gotta put on the doorknobs which were picked out by my 5 yr old son and are awesome...

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I started with Miniwax Pre-Stain, which I highly recommend and hit it with two layers of stains and ran out of time. still be to semi-satin polyurethane it (at least 3 coats) and I picked up this beeswax, carnuba wax which gives its a nice "dull-shiny" appeal
Estimated Cost: 
$70

Big Girl Bed

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Grandpa made this bed for my daughter. He followed the plans but made some changes so that it could be taken apart if needed, changed some of the design elements. It's so cute! Love that it's handmade and can be passed down.

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

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