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Jan
18
2016
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Sauder Shelf Table
Project Details

I'm back in the saddle my friends, and I have missed you guys and making our sawdust dreams come true. I have been busy with life of course but I have taken on a really fun side project and I can't wait to tell you all about it! I think you will love it!

Today's build is a simple yet statement making piece that is perfect for an end table or nightstand and would be fabulous as an accent table anywhere you need some display and storage.

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. 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!

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
Tools
Lumber

1/2 Sheet - 3/4" Plywood or MDF (4' x 4')

2 - 2x3 at 8'

1 - 2x2 at 8'

Materials
Cut List

4 - 2x3 at 24" - Legs

2 - 2x3 at 10" - Base

8 - 2x2 at 10" - Rails

3 - 3/4" Plywood at 24" x 10"

1 - 3/4" Plywood at 24" x 14 1/2"

Instructions

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

Create the Leg Base Units. Cut your boards to size and place pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on both ends of each rail and both ends of each base. Secure in place using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Sauder Shelf Table
Step 2

Cut your shelves and your top to size and sand, then place edge banding around all 4 sides if desired. If staining or painting your piece, you may want to do this step now for the shelves and leg units before you assemble them. Secure your shelves in place using glue and your 1 1/4" brad nails or wood screws. If you are using wood screws rather than finish nails, use a countersink bit so your screws sit flush.

You might also secure from underneath using 2" wood screws if you prefer, just keep in mind it will be tight quarters between the rails.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Sauder Shelf Table
Step 3

Secure your top in place using glue and your 1 1/4" brad nails (preferred) or wood screws. You can also attempt to secure from underneath, coming up through the rails with 2" wood screws or nails if you prefer, but it will be a bit tricky to get your drill or nailer in there.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Sauder Shelf Table
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

Oct
09
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Pottery Barn Inspired Hudson Console With A Twist

I started out building this table as a birthday present for my wife. I ALMOST had it made in time for her birthday too until I had the idea to create a herringbone pattern on the table top. This is the love of my life were building this for, after all, and I wanted her to LOVE it. I used my biscuit jointer to create the pattern on the table top. This is a combination of pine and maple. Maple in the corners and pine as the slats. The rest of the table, with the exception of the drawer rails are all oak. I really like the way it turned out, and more importantly, so does my wife!

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Pottery Barn Inspired Hudson Console With A Twist
Estimated Cost 

400 USD

Length of Time 

50 hours

Modifications 

Herringbone pattern on the table top

Lumber Used 

Frame - oak

Table top - combination of oak, maple, and pine

Finishing Technique 

Verathane cognac topped with 2 coats of minwax satin

Sep
24
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter
Project Details

I realize it has been a tad quiet on the western front around here... life has been chaotic and crazy for the last couple of months and I am struggling with the age old work / life balance issue - surprise, surprise... Especially now as the temps begin to drop and the seasons change, I am feeling the need to breath a little life into my home. If you are too, then this project should help! This over sized modern planter is perfect for adding a bit of greenery to your to your space. With such an easy build, this beauty is easy to adjust in size to suit your needs - no scary math, just increase or decrease and add soil!

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 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. 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!

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter

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!

Dimensions
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter
Tools
Lumber

2 - 1x12 at 8'

1 - 2x2 at 6'

1 - 2x4 at 8'

Materials
Cut List
  • 2 - 1x12 at 27" - Bottom
  • 2 - 1x12 at 28 1/2" - Box
  • 2 - 1x12 at 22 1/2" - Box
  • 2 - 2x4 at 24" - Frame
  • 3 - 2x4 at 12" - Frame
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 your bottom boards to length and give them a good sanding. This would be a good time to seal each portion of your planter individually to protect your wood.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter
Step 2

Attach your frame to the bottom of the bottom boards. Attach as shown here and secure using wood glue and your 2" wood screws.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter
Step 3

Create your box. You can secure using pocket hole screws or simply a countersink bit and standard wood screws. If you choose to use pocket hole screws, create your pocket holes for 3/4" material and place pocket holes on the shorter sides. Secure with wood glue and your 1 1/4" pocket hole screws. If using wood screws, clamp your boards together and set with glue. Then pre-drill using your countersink bit, and secure using your 1 1/4" wood screws. Once your box is secured, seal and let dry.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter
Step 4

Attach your box to the bottom boards. You can do this by placing a scrap of your 2x4 so it sits under the edges to support the box. Then glue and pre-drill using your countersink bit. Secure with your 1 1/4" wood screws.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter
Step 5

Attach your supports in the corners. Use glue and 2" wood screws and secure to both sides in an alternating pattern from the inside and down the length of the support.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter
Step 6

Drill holes using a 3/8" or 1/2" drill bit on the bottom for drainage. Using a small brush or q-tip, seal the edges of your drainage holes. Once your sealer has fully cured, add soil and plants! Yahoo.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Over Sized Modern Rectangular Planter
Finishing Instructions

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

Outdoor 
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

Aug
10
2015
The Design Confidential's Builders Showcase // Asian Style Bookshelf

This is only my 4th project. If I can build this, you can too!

I had blue cut birch plywood for me so I could get it home in my car.  I sanded it really well, using several grades of sandpaper, I stained it with kona colored stain and put it together very easily.  The only trouble I had was when my daughter and I brought it from the garage into the house because it's big, awkward and heavy.  Thanks to TDC for posting these plans.    Get building...you won't be sorry.

Estimated Cost 

$120.00 for screws, wood and stain.

Length of Time 

15-20 hours? I'm not sure, I work on stuff when I can...and I'm slow and my garage is very disorganized which slows me down even more.

Lumber Used 

birch plywood - 2 sheets

Finishing Technique 

kona stain - it's really dark - love it

Jul
08
2015
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Modern Pedestal Table via @thedesconf
Project Details

The perfect place to display that something special and a super easy build! This pedestal table is a great place to put a gorgeous vase or a long flowing plant, either way I know it will be a great addition to your space... Can't wait to see!

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 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. 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!

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Modern Pedestal Table via @thedesconf

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
$25-$50
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Modern Pedestal Table via @thedesconf
Tools
Lumber

For outdoor projects // Teak, Cedar and Redwood are recommended. These are typically more expensive, however this varies by region and of course each region has affordable alternatives that will work well if the previously mentioned ideals are not really an option due to budget. Which specie is best will depend on your regions climate among other things and may vary greatly from region to region. Which is the best choice for your project might be a great question to ask your local lumber supplier and regardless of lumber choice, just be sure to seal, seal, seal to protect from the elements for the greatest possible longevity and least amount of ongoing maintenance.

  • 2 – 2x2 at 8’                                                            
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 1’x1’, or 2’x2’ if that is the smallest size available  ’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x2 at 26-1/2” – Legs
  • 4 – 2x2 at 8-3/4” – Bases
  • 4 – 2x2 at 8-3/4” – Aprons
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 11-3/4” x 11-3/4” – Top    
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 Legs and Bases. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes on both the angled bottom end of the Leg and on the straight end of the Leg. Additionally, drill pocket holes in the straight end of the Base. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Complete this step four times.

Arrange the Leg/Base pairs into a “pinwheel” pattern, setting each Leg/Base pair 1-1/2” back from the previous set as shown.  Assemble the Leg/Bases with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.

You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Modern Pedestal Table via @thedesconf
You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Modern Pedestal Table via @thedesconf
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Aprons. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes on one end of each Apron piece. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Secure the other end (the end without pocket holes) to the adjacent Leg with glue and 2” Wood Screws.

You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Modern Pedestal Table via @thedesconf
Step 3

Cut the piece for the Top. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws (through the pocket holes in the Legs). 

You Can Build This! Easy Outdoor DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Modern Pedestal Table via @thedesconf
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

Jul
06
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase PB Inspired Glasgow Bar Cart

We had been wanting a bar cart for a while, but didn't want to spend the money on a nice one. This was our first more complicated project. We had to adjust the plans a bit to fit in our in our teeny tiny rowhouse. Thank you for posting these plans!

Estimated Cost 

$200 (including wheels)

Length of Time 

This took us a few about two months working off and on.

Modifications 

We adjusted the dimensions because of how narrow our house is. We also didn't use a kreg jig, and used brackets and regular wood screws instead.

Additional Project Details 

The most difficult part of the project was finding drawers and wheels. Since we adjusted the size, the openings for our drawers were very nonstandard. We had to end up making our own out of hardware cloth. It was also hard to find reasonably priced wheels. We ended up using Singer sewing machine pulleys from Ebay.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase PB Inspired Glasgow Bar Cart
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