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Truss Table with drawbord joinery using red oak.

Instead of using pocket holes for the breadboards, I used 2 inch deep tenons spaces between 1/2 inch tongue and grooves for both the table and the bench.  

Estimated Cost
$1,000
Type of Wood
1 1/2 inch thick S4S red oak
Finish Used
Tung Oil
Recommended Skill Level
Advanced

Rustic X table

I saw this project and fell in love with it. Ive never done a wood working project before and wanted to do this all on my own so i wouldnt let anyone help just to know if i could do it. It didnt turn out perfect but i CAN NOT stop looking at it. Ana thank you somuch for theses plans!

Estimated Cost
$70
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
I didnt really use a finish just used coffee and vinegar and rubbed a small sbount of orange essential oil on the top to give it a better smell.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Comments

CreativeChaos

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:22

Looks amazing! I'm dying to build this also and am nervous about trying out that finish. Where did you get the corner hardware?

kennasmomma

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 20:44

Sorry I got locked out of my account but I got plain silver corner pieces from walmart and spray painted them with a matte black.

Rustic X Console Table

Loved how this entry table/ sofa table turned out! 

Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine
Finish Used
Stain and paint
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Leaning ladder shelf

Submitted by gmirjah on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 06:04

This was my first Ana White building project. I was hooked!

I decided to paint it black instead of staining. I feel every room needs one black piece of furniture!

I am slowly getting to know my tools and try to sneak away a few minutes during children napping to cut away!

Estimated Cost
25$
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
pine
Finish Used
black satin paint
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project

Comments

Craftsman Frame

Submitted by pde00311 on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 22:24

Had an old concert poster that I had been looking to frame. Glad I found these plans.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine
Finish Used
Minwax Provencial stain with two coats glossy polyurethane
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project

More Time & More Money, But Look!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 14:10

I made this project for my gentleman friend.  He didn't have much of a childhood, so I made him this toybox and then filled it with toys from the 80's as a birthday present.  These plans were perfect for the occassion.

I certainly spent more than the estimate.  This was likely because I used select pine boards, and my finish was rather complicated including some pretty pricey hardware.  However, the thing I like most about being able to make my own furniture is that I can make it exactly how I want it, and sometimes that ends up costing more money.  In the end, I have a table that "looks like a Leonard project" according to my uncle, which is pretty much the highest compliment that can be bestowed on such things by any one of my uncles.

I also spent more time than was mentioned by others.  All told, I spent about 24 hours on the project over a four day stretch.  I did the project on my own, and my process for filling holes and sanding is rather laborious.  I actually went through that process twice even though sanding is, by far, my least favorite task.  The finish was also quite time intensive.  

Speaking of the finish, this was done in all water based since I live in a condo with very little ventilation.  I started with Minwax waterbased stain in American Walnut.  I then applied two coats of white wash before sanding it down to reveal more of the wood grain.  I'm so pleased with the finish!

However, the thing I'm the most proud of is how square this thing is.  Math teachers could build accurate trigonometry word probems off of this thing!  I decided to reverse engineer the most important bits in order to ensure squareness.  For example, I built the table top first.  I then drew out a perfectly square outline on the bottom side.  I then used counter sunk screws to attach the frame to the bottom side as well as the Kreg jig to fit the pieces of the frame together.  Similarly, I cut the bottom piece of playwood perfectly square, and then I attached the 1x12s to the plywood to ensure everything stayed square.   Those 1x12s are just too swervy otherwise, which can become rather unweildy.  

All told, I am very pleased with the finished product.  I love having the ability to build high quality furniture that will live on for a long time to come.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$250
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
pine boards and plywood
Finish Used
1 coat Minwax waterbased in American Walnut
Two coats of Minwax white pickling stain
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate

Comments

tgrott

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 19:22

You did an amazing job! Looks like a photo straight out of a magazine!  Just gorgeous! 

Storage Bench

Loved using the plans, had to modify them to work around my baskets and a pipe sticking out of my wall. I'd say this is somewhere between beginner and intermediate, as I had to use the pocket screw for some added support when attaching the sides. I primed then used two coats of white "door and trim" paint. So far it has held up to the baskets being slid back and forth, if I had to do it again, I would add a poly coat for durability, at least on the bottom of the cubbies. Cushions and pillow from HomeGoods. Would have been nice to design the bench to fit more standard cushion sizes, but oh well!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$50
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
plywood top and bottom and dividers, 2X2 for legs
Finish Used
white primer, two coats of white "door and trim" paint, applied with small foam roller and angled brush
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Simple outdoor sofa for the pool!

Submitted by monster on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 18:03

An easy build! Thanks for the plans, Ana. This was a housewarming gift for some friends and it now sits nicely by their pool. I got the cushions from Ikea (Arholma range) and sized the sofa around them. I used 2x3s for the frame and added a couple of 2x3 support legs under the back cleat for extra support. I also attached a couple of 2x3 pieces between the back cleat and the back apron for the back support to rest on. Now for the table... :)

Estimated Cost
$250 including timber, cushions and paint
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Treated pine
Finish Used
Dulux Weathershield paint, 2 coats. Cushion covers were dyed navy blue with Rit.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Plate Rack adds much needed storage

Submitted by tayljerr on Sat, 05/07/2016 - 20:48

I came across the plans for the pate rack and realized it would be a perfect fit in my dining room. My house is just shy of its 100th birthday and I have been tackling renovation one room at a time. I have been trying to find new ways to use all of the materials that have been removed or replaced during my renovation. I was able to use the damaged shiplap and warped baseboards from my first room's renovation and create a plate rack shown.

 

 

Thank you for the plans!

Built from Plan(s)
Finish Used
Used primer and "Swiss Coffee" white paint
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Mat's Desk

We needed a desk for the office. I didn't want particle board - or to pay a fortune! Thanks, Ana!

Estimated Cost
$150-200
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine and Spruce
Finish Used
I used Miniwax Ebony Stain for the base and drawers and some Rustoleum Spray Paint in Black for the top. Finished with a few coats of Varathane Diamond Clear. I would use brush on paint instead of spray if I did this again - the spray paint used 3 CANS and was a huge part of the cost!
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate

Comments

rickfred32

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 10:38

Hey there! The desk looks great! I'm curious do you have a upclose of the top of the desk? Is the top stained as well?

Hutch used for dresser top

Submitted by Lacihansen on Sun, 03/02/2014 - 22:34

I've always wanted a hutch on the dresser and this was the perfect match for what I wanted! I lengthened it to 48 in tall but followed the original plans other than that.

Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate

Tryde Console Table first go

Submitted by CarlosR on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 20:56

This was my first project, I made it longer and slightly taller to match size of the sofa. I also added lower shelf of 1x4 as seen on other users projects. Built using Kreg Jig to hide the screws - stained with ebony and satin poly. Used wood filler between 2x4 on top as well as between 1x4 on bottom shelf to seal the joints in case of spills. Would recommend using wood putty in the future rather than the filler as it cracked when it dries.

 

Tools used: Circular Saw, Kreg Jig, Screw Gun, Orbital Sander - recommend using Miter Saw if you have. I had a hard time squaring up the table mostly due to uneven cuts on the 4X4 using a circular saw. 

 

Added felt pads under the legs to prevent scratches to the wood flooring 

 

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$100
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
pine
Finish Used
ebony stain with a triple thick satin poly
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project

Comments

CarlosR

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 21:17

not sure why they are coming up upside down after uploading to the site  - they are right side up on my computer :-)

Rustic X Console Table

Submitted by lslawson on Mon, 01/06/2020 - 03:42

This was based on the Rustic X Console Table plan

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
60
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine, construction grade
Finish Used
Varathane Charred Wood Accelerator, white semi gloss paint. The only advice I will add is to sand and paint / stained before building the table.
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate

I did it!

Submitted by aus10 on Mon, 06/11/2012 - 06:57

I found this after having spent hours looking for an outdoor sectional, but just couldn't justify the huge cost. We tweaked it a little, because we wanted it a little smaller then the plans and wanted to add the lounge section, but we loved the way it turned out!

I can't sew at all, so I found the cushions and pillows at Garden Ridge on 50% clearance!

Estimated Cost
Less than 300.00 including cushions
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
1X4 lumber
Finish Used
Used Minwax wood conditioner, Minwax Early American Stain (ragged on not brushed) and then used an outdoor polyurethane for protection.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Mirror Conversion

Submitted by AndyH on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 17:56

Had some tired old mirrors but needed some new ones for the house. Used some left over 6 by 1s to try out my new router and make some new frames. Also wanted to try out the new Minwax Classic Grey stain on something. I like the look it has given it.

Estimated Cost
$10
Estimated Time Investment
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Type of Wood
Home depot whitewood
Finish Used
Minwax Classic Grey
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Comments

Farmhouse Table

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/12/2016 - 20:00

Rustic Farmhouse Table with Pocket Holes, adjusted to 6'

Estimated Cost
$150 Canadian
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine and Cedar
Finish Used
Special Walnut, Minwax
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Simple Modern Outdoor Double Lounger.

Submitted by omahattan on Wed, 06/13/2012 - 11:52

Finished it in about two weeks, but that was during my sons daily two hour nap window and two days of staining. Had to make a few adjustments so the pillow from West Elm would fit, because the plan calls for 11 slats on the deck when it should be 12. I added some wheels to the back and will add pull out drink tables soon. It was a fun project and my wife is thrilled.

Estimated Cost
$175
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Cedar
Finish Used
Cabot Semi-Solid Stain (Cordovan Brown).
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate

Chalkboard

Submitted by AndyH on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:50

Made this frame for a mirror and intended to use an existing mirror and break into 2 equal sizes to make two framed mirrors.

Broke the mirror though after making the frame (learnt my lesson there!) and the only mirror glass I could buy would not fit this frame.

Decided rather than waste the frame to make a chalkboard for the kitchen.

Finished in new Minwax Classic Grey and two coats of Minwax Wipe on Satin Poly.

Estimated Cost
$20
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Lowes/Home Depot Select Pine. 1/4 inch ply for chalk board.
Finish Used
Finished in new Minwax Classic Grey and two coats of Minwax Wipe on Satin Poly
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project

Loft Bed With Stairs

Submitted by jbknakal on Mon, 05/16/2016 - 06:03

I built this for my 3 year old so I made stairs to replace the ladder.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
250
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
2X4's, Plywood, and MDF
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate

Comments

Bens table and chairs

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 01/18/2020 - 14:19

I took your plan for the Clara table to make Ben's table. I used your sizing but made Ben's table with pedestal legs. I then used your $4 chair plan as well.
Most of the timbers you use we in Australia consider exotic timber.
I used eucalypts. Tasmanian Oak for the table legs and Red Ironbark for the rest.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Tassie oak and Red Ironbark
Finish Used
Lacquer