Spring is in the air, is it not? I am getting an early start on all of my spring planting in the hopes that my garden babies will weather the extreme heat of the summer if they have a bit more time to get established. Fingers crossed it all works out and we don’t have so many casualties as we typically do, eek!
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
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- Tape Measure
- Saw – Jig Saw, Circular, Table, or Miter Saw
- Multi-Square and Carpenter’s Square
- Kreg Jig – if you build frequently, invest in this one.
- Nail Gun
- 6 – 2×4 at 8’
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 2-1/2″ Wood Screws
- Anti-Tip Kit
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 18 – 2×4 at 13-3/4” – Sides
- 3 – 2×4 at 32-1/8” – Primary Centers
- 12 – 2×4 at 14-3/4” – Secondary Sides
- 1 – 2×4 at 3-1/2” – Centerpiece
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Cut the pieces for the Sides. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both outside ends of each piece (noted in graphic) and along the bottom long end of 12 of the 18 Sides. See Step 6 for more detail of the Sides.
Top View of Side
Cut the pieces for the Primary Centers. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes along the bottom long end of 2 of the 3 Primary Centers. Make sure to keep the pockets holes away from the last 5 inches of each end.
Cut the pieces for the Secondary Centers. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes along the bottom long end of 8 of the 12 Secondary Centers.
Create the First Level by laying out the Sides, Primary Center, and Secondary Centers as shown in the graphic. Note that many of the First Level pieces do not have pocket holes along their long edges. Assemble with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.
Create the Second Level by laying out the Sides, Primary Center, and Secondary Centers as shown in the graphic. Assemble with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.
Create the Third Level by laying out the Sides, Primary Center, and Secondary Centers as shown in the graphic. Assemble with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.
Cut the Centerpiece. Attach as shown with glue and 2-1/2” wood screws. This Centerpiece will help keep the Secondary Centers “locked” into place since no pocket screws will be used to secure them into place.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School