Dec
21
2014
The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Project Details

If your kiddos love to play house then they will adore having their very own stacking retro washer and dryer to pretend play with! My littlest adores clean up, it is one of my favorite things about him! He just hates a messy space, lol! Let's see how long that lasts, eh? As with most of our free plans for toys and play, this fun thing is part of our Handmade Holiday series that will be ongoing till the end of time!

The Deets
The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

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
$50-$75
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
  • 1 – 1x3 at 8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 14”x30-1/4” – Sides
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood at 12-1/2”x16-3/4” – Top, Shelf, and Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-3/4”x27-1/4”– Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-3/4”x27-1/4”– Front
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 3”x16-3/4” – Front Bottom Apron
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 10”x11-1/2”– Washer and Dryer Doors
  • 2 – Plexiglas at 8” diameter circles – Washer and Dryer Windows
  • 2 – 1x3 at 3-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Stops
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Fronts
  • 4 – 1x3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Backs
  • 2 – 1x3 at 1-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Bottoms
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2” diameter circles – Washer and Dryer Dials
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.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Sides, Top, Shelf, and Bottom. Set your Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in each side of the Top, Bottom, and Shelf. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Make sure that all pocket screws face the inside of the Washer/Dryer or toward the ground so that they are less visible when the entire piece is assembled.

Top Shelf Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 2

Cut the Back piece. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 3

Cut the piece for the Front with the Door Openings and Drawer Openings.  Remember to drill pilot holes slightly larger than your jigsaw blade for these inside cuts. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Front. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Front for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 4

Cut the piece for the Front Bottom Apron. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Front Bottom Apron. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Front Bottom Apron for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 5

Cut the rough pieces for the Washer and Dryer Door. Mark the shape of each door, and cut them out with your jigsaw. Remember to drill pilot holes slightly larger than your jigsaw blade for the inside cuts.

Doors forThe Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 6

Attach the 3” piano hinge on the straight side of the Door and position the Washer and Dryer Doors as shown. If desired, attach a knob for easy opening of each Door. Also, positioning a small magnet on the back of each Door and the Front can help keep the Doors closed.

Doors for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 7

Next, cut your Plexiglas Door Window pieces. These pieces will cover the Washer and Dryer Door openings on the back, and overlap the Door openings by 1/2”. Use your Mirror Screws to secure the Windows into place. Be aware that you are screwing into 3/4” material and that you may have to use a shorter screw size in order to not entirely screw through the wood.

Window Glass for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the Drawer Stops. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails or 1-1/4” wood screws (through the underside of the Shelf or Bottom and through the Side).

Drawer Stops for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 9

Cut the pieces for the Filter and Soap Drawers. Cut a 1/2” diameter circle in the top center of the Drawer Fronts as shown. Since these pieces are so small, you will need to assemble with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Place Drawers into Drawer Openings.

Drawers for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 10

For the Washer and Dryer Dials you could easily glue on retro styled kitchen timers. Another option would be to cut out a 2” circle from your 1/2” thick wood. Place the 2” circle as shown on the Front, and drill a hole in the center of this circle. Loosely secure the circle to the Front with a 2” long bolt and appropriately sized nut. This way, those little hands can still turn the dial.

Label the Dryer, Washer, Filter Drawer, and Soap Drawer. Next, paint pieces of the Washer and Dryer with accent colors and put those kids to work doing some laundry!

Dials and Labels for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Finishing Instructions

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

Kiddos 
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. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. 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. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Dec
10
2014
Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Project Details

For your little ballerina, an adorable doll sized ballerina bar so your babe and her favorite 18 inch doll can have dance class together. This free plan for an easy to build doll ballerina bar is sure to please this holiday season. As part of our ongoing Handmade Holiday series, this project joins a well rounded group of adorable gifts you can make yourself!

The Deets
Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar

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
$15-$25
Dimensions
Dimensions for Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 - 1x2 at 4’
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood at 2’x2'
  • 1 – 3/8” dowel at 12”
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 1x2 at 12-1/2” – Mirror Sides
  • 1 – 1x2 at 9” – Mirror Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 3”x12” – Mirror Top
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 2”x8-1/2” – Mirror Stands
  • 2 – 1x2 at 2” – Bar Holders
  • 1 – 3/8” dowel at 9-3/4”– Bar 
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.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Mirror Sides and Mirror Bottom. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the top ends of the Sides and in each end of the Bottom. Place the screws so that a 1/4” rabbeting bit run along the inside of the Mirror will avoid them (see Step 5). Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. 

Bottom and Sides for Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Step 2

Cut the piece for the Mirror Top. From each top corner, draw a 1-1/2” radius circle 3” radius circle. Next, measure and mark a 1-1/2” line from the top and side edges. Using your jigsaw, cut out the shape in the diagram. Attach to the Mirror Sides with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Mirror Top for Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Mirror Stands. Measure, mark and cut a 1” triangle on each top corner as shown. Using your jigsaw, cut out the shape in the diagram. Attach to the bottom of the Mirror Sides with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws.

Cutting the Stand for Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Attaching the Stand for Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Bar Holders. Connect each corner with a line to find the center as shown. Drill a 1/2” radius circle on the center of the “x,” approximately 1/4” deep. 

Creating the Bar Holder for Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Step 5

Next, measure, mark, and cut a 1/2” triangle on the bottom corner of the Bar Holder as shown. Using your jigsaw, cut out the shape in the diagram.

Finishing the Bar Holder for Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Step 6

Attach one of the Bar Holders to a Mirror Side with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws, screwed in from the back of the Mirror Side. The Bar Holder will be positioned 1/2” from the Mirror Side outer edge and 6-3/4” from the bottom of the Mirror Side as shown.

Attaching the Bar Holder for Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Step 7

Cut the piece for the Bar. The Bar will be 9-3/4” long – each end of the Bar dowel will extend into the 1/2” hole drilled into the Bar Holders. Position the second Bar Holder, similar to the first.

Bar for Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Step 8

Set router bit depth to cut a ¼” rabbet. Cut the rabbet on the inner back of the frame to allow for the mirror. Use a chisel and hammer to square the corners. Adhere the mirror using mirror adhesive or a tab framing gun. The mirror frame can be attached to the vanity with pocket screws through the side frame as well as metal mending plates.

Rabbeting with the Router for Free DIY Toy Plans // How to Build a Children's Doll Accessory Ballerina Bar
Finishing Instructions

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

Kiddos 
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. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. 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. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Nov
26
2014
The Design Confidential Top 10 Most Popular // Playful Storage Solutions for Kids Projects 1 - 5

If you are thinking of a build that gives you quite a bit of bang for your buck, a playful storage solution is just what you need. Equal parts organization and play, these projects represent The Design Confidential's current 10 most popular playful storage solutions for kids! 

I will be adding this list to our Handmade Holiday series, so be sure to check out the other projects already part of that collection! 

The Design Confidential Top 10 Most Popular // Playful Storage Solutions for Kids Projects 6 - 10

6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

Oct
21
2014

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.

To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
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. :)

Modifications 
Lumber Used 

White Pine

Finishing Technique 

Thompsons Waterseal

Additional Project Details 
Note
Oct
02
2014
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Pottery Barn inspired Toscana Table

I am new to building furniture and I am so very thankful for these plans. Saved me a lot of money.

So I got married in June and was walking through Pottery Barn with her one day when she said how much she loved a certain Pottery Barn Table. The Toscana Table is a beautiful table but no way I was going to spend what they are asking for it. I blurted out that I could build that, mind you I had 0 building experience and had no idea where to even start. So, after Google sleuthing for a few days I came accross this website and these plans. They were absolutely a life savor. I did modify it though. I used 2x6's for the legs instead iof 2x4's. It gave a thicker look and I felt matched the Pottery Barn version more closely. Also, the skirt, instead of have the 2x4's being vertical, I laid them flat. The reasoning behind this is that my fiance is 6'2'' and I am 6'3'', wanted a little more room for our legs. This adjustment also allowed me to extend the table top past the legs a bit more. For the stain I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain. You will not find a better stain for your money. It was so easy to work with and the end result was a beautiful rich color. The top coat I used was Min-Wax High Build Polyurethane. I am very pleased with the results and I am so very thankful for these building plans. I discovered a hobby that I love and can't wait to build something else now.

Building the Legs for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Pottery Barn inspired Toscana Table
Attaching the Center Joist for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Pottery Barn inspired Toscana Table
To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
Estimated Cost 

$100-$200

Length of Time 

2 weekends, about 32 hours

Modifications 
Lumber Used 

All Pine

Finishing Technique 
Additional Project Details 
Building the Support Frame for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Pottery Barn inspired Toscana Table
Angle Progress Shot for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Pottery Barn inspired Toscana Table
Finished Build and Stain for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Note
Sep
28
2014
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches

Wonderful set of plans. Easy to follow. Easy to modify if you need to, as I did in my case. Results are very pleasing.

Beautiful Sides for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Close Up of Table Top for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Estimated Cost 

Eh, about $175, give or take

Length of Time 

About 4 Weekends plus a little after work a few nights for sanding and staining.

Modifications 

Well, there are a couple....

1. I don't like that the crossing legs on both the benches and the table were actually cut in half and attached. Therefore, I cut dado cuts into both cross pieces, glued and screwed them together for added stability.

2. My wife is an Italian and likes to have big meals with lots of peeps. Therefore, I modified the plans to push the table and benches to 8ft long rather than the original plan which is 6ft. I used a little flair in the center of the table to add the additional 2ft and break up the long lines that 8ft boards would have created. In doing so, I had to add some additional bracing on the underside to make it a bit more sturdy to support the extra length. But I didn't have to add a center support leg system.

Lumber Used 

Douglas Fur

Finishing Technique 

I used the same finish as the builder John because I like the way his photos turned out. I was not disappointed in the least. Two coats of Behr transparent weatherproofing all in one finish. Cedar natural tone

Finished Build for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Opposite Side of The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Fish Eye Wide Angle Shot of The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Table Top for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
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