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TV stand/ Console http://ana-white.com/node/12952

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Pine

Someone had asked me to build them a tv stand and this is what I did. Thank you for making the plans so clear. 

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minway - Honey Oak.
Estimated Cost: 
150.00

Shower Gift

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Pine

I made these for my new niece-  Here's my story with recipe for a homemade sealer as the dye runs on drooly faces.

http://onblissstreet.blogspot.com/2014/10/sweet-baby-p.html

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
food coloring and homemade sealer. Recipe on my blog.
Estimated Cost: 
$15
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Thank You!

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plywood

Greetings from Brazil. Thank you very much for the dollhouse bookcase plans. I did it to my goddaughter and she love it!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
acrylic paint and fabric
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Triple Printer's Cabinet/Media Console

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Pine and Poplar

We used the plans but slightly adjusted them. We added a piece of lattice to the inside of the cabinet for a door stop, and left out the center drawer and made a shelf instead for our cable box and internet. The second photo compares it to the Restoration Hardware piece that costs upwards of $1400. Total I spent just under $400. We bought the hinges and cabinet pulls on overstock.com.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax polyshades in satin black
Estimated Cost: 
$400

Benchright Table and Bench

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My wife and I just purchased a new home with our first dining room. While debating the expense of buying new dining room furniture we decided that we should try a do-it-yourself project and were lucky enough to stumble on Ana's website. While we had never done any real woodworking (we made a cat tree once), Ana's plans and the accompanying comments were easy to follow and proved that even beginners can make cool furniture!

We built the bench first and managed to complete it in one weekend without much trouble. This helped us learn the basics of the tools we were using, especially the miter saw. The table followed.

We wanted a slightly larger table and bench than those in the plans so that we could host more people and fill out the room. Our table is 78" x 38.5".
Increasing the width required adding an additional 1" x 6" on the table top. The only other change that we made was to extend the 2" x 2" on the side of the table the entire length of the table as is required in the bench instructions. We thought that this provided more stability for the bread boards. We used a threaded rods and turnbuckles on both the table and bench for the accent piece between the legs.

While we certainly had hiccups along the way, but we really enjoyed the process, and love the dining room set that we built. It was a really rewarding experience and now we're looking forward to building most of our furniture!

Special thanks the Ana for her plans and website. We couldn't have done it without her.

Pine from Lowe's
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Black Walnut and Minwax Polyurethane

The Perfect Fit for our Little Girls Closet

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Thank you Ana! The Just My Size Closet was the perfect solution to my little girl's closet. I had recently found myself in a daily battle with my three year old. She wanted to be independant and dress her self. I desperately wanted her to stop getting a step stool and yanking her clothing off of the hangers. The yanking resulted in a dozen or so half handing shirts, a pile of broken hangers, and a mother daughter show down first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Enter the Just My Size Closet !!! The plans were super easy to follow, WAY less expensive than the ready made customizable units at the hardware store, and hubby had it whipped up in half an afternoon! The design is thoughtful and will grown as her needs change. :) We are all very pleased with the result. Instead of melt downs (both her's and mine), my little girl is taking pride in being able to hang up her clothing and dress herself. She makes everyone who visits come in her room to see her new closet. It is adorable :) Thanks Again!! 

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
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<$100
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Simple staircase bench

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Pine

A simple bench to try my first Kreg Pocket hole Jig. I designed the bench myself, but did not create plans. I used pine wood and 3 layers of varnish for protection. My wife wanted to natural finish so I preferred varnish over paint.

Surprinsingly easy project ! And my wife is very happy that the staircase if finally tidy. Happy wife, happy life ;-)

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Varnish - 3 layer
Estimated Cost: 
20 euros
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Garage Storage

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I improvised on this a bit.  I envisioned being able to put small items on the shelves at some point so I made it with solid shelves instead of all 2x4's.  Except the stuff I bought for the shelves was so flimsy I had to add the support pieces. Ahh, well.  I'm learning.  And with the three support pieces (2x4's cut to size) running widthwise, it turned out to be a solid shelf.  LOVE this site!!  Thank you again, Ana!  Next project is a bathroom vanity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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