Oct
22
2014
The Design Confidential Top 10 Most Popular DIY Open Ended + Imaginative Play Toy Woodworking Plans 1 Through 5

The Holidays are right around the corner and sneaking up on us pretty quickly, whether we like it or not. Get a jump start on your gift list this year and build something fabulous for a very special kiddo in your life. From full sized play house fun to accessories fit for the more petite members of your doll family, there is something amazing and encouraging of open ended play for everyone, in this round up of our most popular DIY play inspiring project plans. 

While I am a firm believer that toys should be nondescriminate and able to be played with by either boys or girls, I have divided up these plans by play style preference, and naturally they seem to have fallen into precisely the type of categorization I prefer to avoid - or boy vs girl. I assure you this was not my original intention and wholeheartedly think boys and girls alike, should enjoy play kitchens and dolls and adventure activities. So I have created these projects with the idea that each and every one of them can be entirely customized to suit your little one perfectly, from color to fabric and trim styles too. Make it theirs... And take lots of pictures along the way. 

1 // Indoor Outdoor Play House Bed 2 // Chalkboard Artist's Studio 3 // No-Sew Teepee 4 // Wooden Racetrack Toy 5 // Gourmet Kitchen

Oct
21
2014
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase PotteryBarn Inspired Picnic Table and Modified Benches

I modified the benches to make stools. They work great. The plans were very easy to follow and it looks awesome in the backyard...just in time for the winter, haha.

Estimated Cost 

About $60 for the stools and $50-60 for the table.

Length of Time 

Approx 3 days...took me longer because I couldnt do it all at one time. :)

Lumber Used 

White Pine

Finishing Technique 

Thompsons Waterseal

Close Up of The Design Confidential Reader Showcase PotteryBarn Inspired Picnic Table and Modified Benches
Full Finished Shot of The Design Confidential Reader Showcase PotteryBarn Inspired Picnic Table and Modified Benches
Oct
20
2014
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console

By special reader request, this media console is so very handsome and wants to live in your home... So go forth and build this beautiful baby and make your home that much more stylish! 

The Deets
Finished Build of The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Consol

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$150-$250
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 7 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x19-1/4” – Cabinet Sides
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 19-1/4”x56” – Cabinet Top and Bottom
  • 4 – 2x4 at 6” – Legs
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-1/2”x56” – Cabinet Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-1/2”x18” – Center Divider
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x37-1/4” – Left Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x18” – Right Shelf
  • 6 – 1x2 at 16” – Door Tops and Bottoms
  • 6 – 1x2 at 18” – Door Sides
  • 27 – 1x2 at 15” – Door Slats
Instructions

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.

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Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Sides, Top, and Bottom. Apply edge banding to front edges of all pieces, if desired. Set the Kreg Jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the Top and Bottom pieces. Make sure the pocket holes will face the inside of the Console. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Build the Cabinet Box for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Legs. You will need 4 of these exactly the same. This diagram shows you how to mark out the shape you need for the Console Legs. Use your circular saw to cut this out. If you simply connect the dots between the dimensions outlined below and use a circular saw to make these cuts, you won't have to worry about the actual angle for each corner.

Attach Legs to the bottom of the Console as shown with glue and 1-3/4” wood screws. The Legs should be placed 3/4” from the Sides of the Console and flush with the front edge of the Console. Insert the wood screws down through the Console Bottom into the Legs so that the screws are hidden. Also, make sure that the screws are countersunk so that they do not interfere with items placed inside the Console.

Leg Pattern for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console
Leg Location for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console
Step 3

Cut the piece for the Back. Drill pocket holes in each edge of the Back. Attach the Back as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of the Console.

Cut the piece for the Center Divider. Drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Divider. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console
Center Divider for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Shelves. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the shelves and assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. There will be an approximate 1/2” space in the back between the shelves and the Console Back.

Shelves for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Door Tops, Bottoms, and Slats. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Tops, Bottoms, and Slats. Attach as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. There will be a 1/4” gap between each Slat. Repeat this for all three Doors. Remember to keep checking for “square” on each door – each door should measure the same diagonally in both directions.

Door Frame for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console
Door Construction for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console
Step 6

Attach hinges as shown at the top and bottom of the Doors and attach to the Console. There will be a 1/4” space between each installed Door. Add Door hardware such as a pull or knob if desired.

Hinge Placement for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Marin Media Console
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

If painting, I like to sand the entire piece with 100 grit, then 220 grit, prime with any latex primer, sand again with 220 grit, and paint. Sanding the primer gives an extra-smooth finish! Finish with water-based polyurethane for added durability.

If staining, sand the entire piece with 60 grit, then 100 grit, and then 220 grit. Stain as desired. For the finish, use wipe-on poly or brush-on poly.

Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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