Jun
02
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand

Tired of the Target 100$ entertainment centers - this one caught my eye.

This is the Copenhagen Media Stand.  I didnt like the view showing all the sandwiched layers from the end and the front so I framed the whole thing in Redwood.  I also used pine that had pine beetle discoloration. Got lucky and spotted some pre-made panels with pine beetle damage - someone at the plant used their head and alternated the colored strips with normal strips when they built them.  For the top I joined several strips to meet the altered dimensions I used - a few inches shorter than the plans.

Estimated Cost 

~$140 - drawer pulls and sliders were biggest expense - even more so if you go with the slow close sliders...

Length of Time 

Took me a few months but only because we had a baby mid build.  Probably only 5 or 6 days of real build time - with a bit of a learning curve for the drawer slider installation.

Lumber Used 

Pine - pine beetle damaged for color

Pine project board with pine beetle damage cut up for drawer fronts.

Redwood for framing.

Finishing Technique 

Oil based polyeurathane.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand
Feb
23
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Project Details

I adore this beauty and I think it would make a fabulous nightstand... even though it isn't a nightstand. I suppose I have a history of making unlikely pieces into nightstands and I can see a future for this baby in the empty space along the wall where my bed lives. Of course I can see this beauty in about a dozen other ideal spots in my home, so maybe they will have to fight it out...

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The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary

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
$100-$150
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Tools
Lumber
  • 4 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 1x2 at 60” – Frame Side Fronts
  • 2 – 1x2 at 59” – Frame Side Backs
  • 2 – 1x2 at 7-1/4” – Frame Side Tops
  • 2 – 1x2 at 12-1/4” – Frame Side Middles
  • 2 – 1x2 at 14-3/4” – Frame Side Bottoms
  • 2 – 1x4 at 50-1/2” – Frame Bottom Front and Back
  • 1 – 1x2 at 50-1/2” - Frame Top Back
  • 2 - 3/4” plywood at 18”x50-1/2” – Bottom Cabinet Top and Bottom
  • 2 - 3/4” plywood at 10-3/4”x18” – Bottom Cabinet Sides
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood at 10-3/4”x49” – Bottom Cabinet Back
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood at 10-3/4”x17-1/4” – Bottom Cabinet Vertical Divider
  • 1 – 1x2 at 20” – Bottom Cabinet Horizontal Divider
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 9”x15”– Large Drawer Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 15”x25-3/4”– Large Drawer Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 9”x27-1/4”– Large Drawer Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 10-1/2”x28”– Large Drawer Front
  • 4 – 3/4” plywood at 3-3/4”x15”– Small Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 15”x17-1/2”– Small Drawer Bottoms
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 3-3/4”x19”– Small Drawer Backs
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 4-3/4”x19-3/4”– Small Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x19-3/4”– Small Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x50-1/2”– Top Cabinet Top and Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x18-1/4”– Top Cabinet Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18-1/4”x49”– Top Cabinet Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 17-1/4”x18-1/4”– Top Cabinet Vertical Divider
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-1/4”x28-1/4”– Top Cabinet Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x19-3/4”– Left Cabinet Door
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x28”– Right Cabinet Desk/Door
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 Frame Side Fronts, Side Backs, Side Tops, Side Middles, and Side Bottoms. Cut decorative curves in the Side Tops, Side Middles, and Side Bottoms as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Side Tops, Side Middles, and Side Bottoms. Just a reminder to drill pocket holes after cutting the 8 degree angles in the pieces.

Frame Sides Detail for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Frame Side Top for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Frame Side Middle for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Frame Side Bottom for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 2

Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice, once for each side. If desired, have the pocket holes face the inside of the Desk.

Frame Sides Positioned for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Top Back, Bottom Front, and Bottom Back. Cut a decorative curve in the Bottom Front and Bottom Back as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Top Back, Bottom Front, and Bottom Back.

Frame Front Back Detail for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 4

Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Frame Front Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 5

Next, cut the pieces for the Bottom Cabinet Top, Sides, and Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bottom Cabinet Top Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 6

Cut the piece for the Bottom Cabinet Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each side of the Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Face the pocket screws toward the inside of the Cabinet if desired.

Bottom Cabinet Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 7

Cut the piece for the Bottom Cabinet Horizontal Divider and the Bottom Cabinet Vertical Divider. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Horizontal Divider and the top, bottom, and back of the Vertical Divider.  Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bottom Cabinet Vertical Divider for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Bottom Cabinet Horizontal Divider for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the Large Drawer Sides and Bottoms. Drill pocket holes in the front and back of the Sides and in all sides of the Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Large Drawer Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 9

Cut the pieces for the Large Drawer Backs. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Large Drawer Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 10

Cut the pieces for the Large Drawer Fronts. The top of the Large Drawer Front will extend 1” above the drawer box top, 3/8” beyond the drawer box sides, and 1/2” beyond the drawer box bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Install the ball-bearing slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make any necessary adjustments. Once installed, there should be a 1/8” gap on each side of the Drawer Front.

Large Drawer Front for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 11

Cut the pieces for the Small Drawer Sides and Bottoms. Drill pocket holes in the front and back of the Sides and in all sides of the Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice - once for each Small Drawer.

Small Drawers Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 12

Cut the pieces for the Small Drawer Backs. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice - once for each Small Drawer.

Small Drawer Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 13

Cut the pieces for the Small Drawer Fronts. The top of the Small Drawer Front will extend 1” above the drawer box top, 3/8” beyond the drawer box sides, and 1/2” beyond the drawer box bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice - once for each Small Drawer.

Install the ball-bearing slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make any necessary adjustments. Once installed, there should be a 1/8” gap on each side of the Drawer Front.

Small Drawer Front for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 14

Next, cut the pieces for the Top Cabinet Top, Sides, and Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws

Top Cabinet Top Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 15

Cut the piece for the Top Cabinet Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each side of the Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Face the pocket screws toward the inside of the Cabinet if desired.

Top Cabinet Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 16

Cut the piece for the Top Cabinet Vertical Divider. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Divider. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Top Cabinet Divider for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 17
Step 17 Image 
Top Cabinet Doors for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary

Cut the piece for the Top Cabinet Shelf. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the each side and back of the Shelf. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 18
Cabinet Positions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary

Lay the assembled Frame on its back so that assembly is easier (temporarily remove Drawers and Cabinet Doors to reduce weight). Insert the assembled Top Cabinet and assembled Bottom Cabinet as shown. Attach the Cabinets to the Frame with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws.

Finishing Instructions

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

Note
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

Jan
12
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Project Details

First came the Fretwork Screen and then came the bed... then came the baby in a baby carriage. Ha, wonder if I am subconsciously creating plans for a little love nest slash staycation. This plan is for a King Sized Bed and if you adore this and yet would like it in another size, feel free to comment on this plan and let me know or post in our Community pages and tag your discussion with Project Request. It is helpful to keep track of the requests this way. Yahoo... Xx... Rayan

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed

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
$200-$250
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 15 – 1x3 at 8’
  • 3 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 5 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 4x4 at 8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 4x4 at 14-1/2” – Footboard Legs
  • 1 – 2x4 at 78” – Footboard Frame
  • 2 – 4x4 at 52-1/2” – Headboard Legs
  • 1 – 4x4 at 85” – Headboard Top
  • 1 – 2x4 at 78” – Headboard Frame
  • 2 – 2x4 at 82” – Frame Sides
  • 2 – 1x2 at 78” – Slat Supports
  • 1 – 2x4 at 78” – Headboard Bottom
  • 1 – 1x2 at 84” – Center Support
  • 2 – 2x4 at 10” – Center Support Legs
  • 1 – 1x4 at 14-1/8” – First Front Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x3 at 42-7/16” – Second Front Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x4 at 47-3/4” – Third Front Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x4 at 47-3/4” – Fourth Front Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x3 at 42-7/16” – Fifth Front Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x4 at 11-5/16” – Sixth Front Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x4 at 19-13/16” – First Back Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x4 at 36-3/4” – Second Back Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x3 at 45-15/16” – Third Back Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x3 at 47-3/4” – Fourth Back Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x4 at 47-3/4” – Fifth Back Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x4 at 47-3/4” – Sixth Back Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x3 at 38-15/16” – Seventh Back Fretwork Piece
  • 1 – 1x3 at 12” – Eighth Back Fretwork Piece
  • 15 – 1x3 at 79-3/4” – 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.

Step 1

Cut out the Footboard Frame and Footboard Legs. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in both ends of the Footboard Frame. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Footboard for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Step 2

Cut out the Headboard Frame, Headboard Top, and Headboard Legs. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in both ends of the Headboard Frame and in the top ends of the Headboard Legs. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Headboard for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Frame Sides and Slat Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Frame Sides and attach to Headboard Legs and Footboard Legs with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Attach the Slat Supports to the Frame Sides using glue and 1-1/2” countersunk wood screws, leaving 2” at each end for the bed hardware. Attach the bed hardware according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Frame Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Step 4

Cut the piece for the Headboard Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Headboard Bottom and attach with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Headboard Bottom for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Center Support and Center Support Legs. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Center Support and in the top ends of the Center Support Legs.  Attach the Center Support Legs to the Center Support as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Attach the Center Support to the Headboard Frame and Footboard Frame as shown with 2-1/2” pocket screws. Do not use glue!

Center Support and Legs for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Center Support Fastened in Place for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Step 6

Cut the Front Fretwork Pieces. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front Fretwork Pieces.  Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Front Fretwork Pieces for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Step 7

Cut the Back Fretwork Pieces. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Back Fretwork Pieces.  Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Back Fretwork Pieces for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Step 8

Cut the Slats. Position the Slats on top of the Slat Supports and secure using countersunk 1-1/2” screws. Do not use glue!

Bed Slats for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Fretwork Bed
Finishing Instructions

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

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

Jan
10
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Emerson Bed Spin-Off

The whole bed project started out with the purchase of a new queen size latex mattress from a local company called Cozy Pure. They have a few locations on the east coast and their beds are simply amazing.

With that being said, we needed a bed frame that used slats instead of a box spring like our previous King Koil mattress. Also worth noting, our previous mattress and box spring was around 30" tall so we wanted to stick around the same height.

Lastly, we wanted to make a few subtle changes to the overall look. It was more of a last minute idea that popped in my head to make the build a little more manageable for an amateur woodworker like myself.

As stated above, we wanted the bed to be close to 30" tall like our previous setup. I made some adjustments to the overall height of the headboard and the footboard. I also raised the slat support as well to give additional height to the bed.

From what I can remember off the top of my head:

  • 23 - 1x6 tongue and groove boards (4.98/ea) - $115
  • 2 - untreated 4x4x8 (9.94/ea) - $20
  • 2 - 1x8x8 ($6.64/ea) - $13
  • 2 - 1x6x6 (7.25/ea) - $14.50
  • 15 - 1x3x6 ($4.21/ea) - $63.50
  • 1 - no mortise bed rail - $12.50
  • 2 - 1x6x6 (headboard/footboard tops)($7.25/ea) - $14.50

So I'm right under $300 for this bed. I could have saved even more money had I not used the select pine from HD/Lowes but it's so much nicer to not have to deal with the knots in certain areas. Plus most of the time you have better luck at finding straighter pieces. The major downside is each piece is about twice as much.

Reader Project in Master Bedroom for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Emerson Bed Spin-Off
Estimated Cost 

As stated from above, it was around $300 after the paint, primer and materials. I also purchased the kreg jig which added another $100 to the build but that is a tool that I have fallen in love with.

Needless to say, this bed still cost a fraction of what it would have if I purchased it through a retailer.

Length of Time 

Total time was about 2-3 days. The longest part was waiting for the paint and poly to dry. Cutting and setting everything up was straight forward and simple.

Modifications 

The bed height was increased, the headboard/footboard material was changed as well. This was simply for aesthetic reasons.

The clearance between the floor and the bed rail is 10". This will allow for a future build of under bed storage.

I also added a middle slat support under the bed with an additional leg mid-way. This made the bed feel way more rigid and added extra support for the slats. I highly recommend doing this. It's going to help eliminate any sag in the future.

To add the mid-rail support, just buy (2) 2x4 hurricane ties (at least that is what I have called them) from Lowes or Home Depot ($.97/ea) and a untreated 2x4 ($3/ea) and put it in the middle of the bed rails. Make the mid-rail barely touch the slats. To add the mid-rail leg I just simply used some scrape 1x6 I had and did two offset legs screwed into the 2x4. Nothing fancy but works like a dream.

Lumber Used 

This build was all pine. The headboard and footboard is tongue and groove 1x6x8 boards. The posts are untreated 4x4x8 I found from Lowes.

Finishing Technique 

I'll be honest, I'm impatient and finishing is something I need to slow down on as well as become more advanced. We originally thought about doing a stain but quickly changed the idea to paint for simplicity reasons. My fear with the stain was the different types/looks of pine. Some of the wood had knots while some of it did not.

We ended up going with basic latex paint and a poly coat. We really couldn't find anything online that said whether or not latex was ok to use for this type of project. I guess only time will tell.

Word of advice, if you use the tongue and groove boards, don't sand mid-way through painting or putting on poly UNLESS you has sanded all of the boards smooth once assembled. I ran into the issue of sanding down the high spots (on accident) after applying multiple coats of paint and poly. It was bound to happen and it was just something I didn't think about until after I sanded.

I was also using 80 grit on the rough boards, then jumped to 120 grit and finished off with 220. When sanding the poly I used 220 as well but found it kind of worthless in the end. The finished didn't need to be perfect and I ended up saving time by not sanding the last coat of poly. I would assume this would be more important over a stain but over latex paint it's fine.

Oh and I used a water based latex. The bed sees a good amount of sun during the day through double windows and oil-based latex turns yellow over time. So thanks to Google, it was advised to use water-based poly.

Additional Project Details 

Only thing I "dislike" or need to address with the bed is the no mortise bed rails. I really dislike them because they aren't the tightest fit and allow for play (aka the bed can rock a little). I also ended up shimming beside the bed rail hardware (on the inside so you can't see it) and that helps a little. It could be better but it's not a deal breaker.

Jan
07
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Fretwork Folding Screen
Project Details

Our first plan of the new year! Yahoo. I am all about tackling those lingering projects at the moment- there will be no more procrastinating because projects multiply like bunnies around here. Truly, I am completely overwhelmed with all of the 'stuff' I have and need to keep on hand for this amazing biz-ness of mine, but I am ready to simplify and focus on only those things I really truly need to complete or better my spaces. If you need a little something to define a space in your home, but don't want to block light or make your space feel smaller, this is the perfect plan for you. Right now I would like to have two of these to close myself off from my crazy toddler - mama needs a moment of silence to mourn the sweet little baby that he used to be right before he became the most adorable demon seed babe in the whole wide world, eek!  Xx... Rayan

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Fretwork Folding Screen

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
$100-$150
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Fretwork Folding Screen
Tools
Lumber
  • 11 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 4 – 1x4 at 8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 6 – 1x2 at 22” – Frame Top and Bottom
  • 6 – 1x2 at 67” – Frame Sides
  • 3 – 1x4 at 16-1/4” – First Front Piece
  • 3 – 1x2 at 31-1/2” – Second Front Piece
  • 3 – 1x4 at 31-1/2” – Third Front Piece
  • 3 – 1x2 at 31-1/2” – Fourth Front Piece
  • 3 – 1x4 at 24-1/16” – Fifth Front Piece
  • 3 – 1x4 at 12” – First Back Piece
  • 3 – 1x2 at 31-1/2” – Second Back Piece
  • 3 – 1x4 at 31-1/2” – Third Back Piece
  • 3 – 1x4 at 31-1/2” – Fourth Back Piece
  • 3 – 1x2 at 31-1/2” – Fifth Back Piece
  • 3 – 1x4 at 9-7/8” – Sixth Back Piece 
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 out the Frame Top, Bottom, and Sides. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the both ends of the Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

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Step 2

Cut out the Front Pieces. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the both ends of the Front Pieces. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. The Front Pieces will be flush with the front side of the Frame. All pieces will be cut at a 45 degree angle.

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Step 3

Cut out the Back Pieces. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the both ends of the Back Pieces. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. The Back Pieces will be flush with the back side of the Frame. All pieces will be cut at a 45 degree angle. Repeat Steps 1-3 two more times to create a total of three Screens.

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Step 4

Next, let’s place the hinges on one Screen. On this Screen – which will be the middle screen - place three hinges on each outside edge of the Frame as shown. On one side, the hinges will be lined up with the front of the Frame, and on the other side, the hinges will be lined up with the back of the Frame.

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Step 5

Attach all three Screens together, with the hinged Screen in the center. “Fold” the screen into a shape that allows it to stand on its own.

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Finishing Instructions

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

Note
Disclaimer

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Aug
24
2014
Reader Showcase // Emerson Queen Size Bed

Thank you TDC - My wife and I were able to build a beautiful bed and feel good about not spending $2K! The directions were easy to follow, and the result came out amazing. 

Modifications 

We made a few modifications to the plans - Replacing the plywood headboard with stained pine barn door slats and replacing wood clete with a metal bracket to hold lower support.

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Close Up and Finish for Reader Showcase // Emerson Queen Size Bed
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