Aug
29
2013
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase: Toy Box A La Land of Nod

A friend challenged me to build her a small toy box that was like one she saw on the Land of Nod web site.

Not one to run from a challenge I produced what you see in the opening picture. 

It was a straightforward build except for the transition on the front that required precise cutting of angles for everything to fit properly.  Thank goodness for a bandsaw and a device that measures angles accurately.

I also rounded some edges for looks and safety with my newly acquired router.  As an added novelty I added a Shaker peg on each end but inside the box.  

The final product weighs about 28 lbs which is nearly double the weight of the Land of Nod version.  I think that is the result of using wood rather than the engineered variety of wood.

The Design Confidential Reader Showcase: Toy Box A La Land of Nod
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase: Toy Box A La Land of Nod
Estimated Cost 

If I didn't have a scrap pile it would have cost about $50 plus painting.  I spent about $30.  Now compare that with the $199 retail price plus tax and shipping and the savings are considerable.  You also have to put it together!

Length of Time 

It took me two afternoons because of the thought process and trial and error to get the front transition correct.

Lumber Used 

Entirely pine from Big Blue and my scrap pile.

Finishing Technique 

The interior is sanded to 120 grit and the exterior to 220 grit.  The recipient will handle the painting. 

Aug
28
2013
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Project Details

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Bromley Desk. I just love a good desk with a fold down lid, don't you? I personally love the ability to hide stuff away when not in use so I can pretend it's not there and this baby gives me that option! Xx... Rayan

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

$75-$100

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink Bit for Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
Lumber
  • 1 – 1x2 at 4’
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x6 at 8’
  • 1 – 1x12 at 8’
  • 3 – 2x2 at 8’
  • 1 Half sheet of ½” plywood
  • 1 Quarter sheet of ¾” plywood
Materials
  • 1” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • 1 – 40” continuous hinge
  • 4 – small cabinet pulls
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  •  4 – 2x2 at 29-3/4” – Legs
  • 4 – 2x2 at 19” – Leg Stretchers
  • 2 – 2x2 at 37” – Base Stretchers
  • 2 – 1x6 at 21-1/4” – Box Sides
  • 1 – 1x6 at 38-1/2” – Box Back
  • 2 – ½” plywood at 20-1/2” x 38-1/2” – Box Bottom & Shelf
  • 1 – 1x6 (ripped to 3-5/8” wide) at 9-1/2” – Drawer Divider
  • 1 – 1x12 (ripped to 10-1/4” wide) at 40” – Top
  • 2 – 1x4 at 10-5/8” – Hinged Top Sides
  • 1 – 1x12 (ripped to 10-5/8” wide) at 40” – Hinged Top
  • 1 – 1x6 (ripped to 4-3/4” wide) at 40” – Hinged Top Front
  • 2 – 1x10 (ripped to 8” wide) at 17-1/8” – Drawer Bottoms
  • 4 – 1x4 at 8” – Drawer Sides
  • 4 – 1x4 at 18-5/8” – Drawer Front & Back
  • 1 – 1x2 (ripped to 1-1/4” wide) at 40” – Tray Front
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 20-1/2” x 38-1/4” - Tray
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 leg stretchers. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the stretcher pieces. Attach to the legs using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the base stretchers and drill pocket holes in each end. Position as shown, then secure using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Step 1
Step 1
Step 2

 Cut the pieces for the box sides as shown. Cut the piece for the back, set the Kreg jig for ¾” material, and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure the back piece to the sides using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 2
Step 3

 Cut the piece for the box bottom. Set the Kreg jig for ½” material and drill pocket holes in each side as well as one long end. Attach to the box sides and back using glue and 1” pocket hole screws.

Position the box on the leg assembly as shown locating the box ¾” away from the front edge of the legs. Secure to the legs using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the bottom into the legs, side stretchers, and upper base stretcher.

Step 3
Step 3
Step 4

 Cut the pieces for the shelf and the drawer divider. Position the shelf as shown then secure using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails through the outside of the sides and back of the box into the shelf. To help position the shelf, spacers can be cut from scrap lumber to keep everything in place!

Step 4
Step 4
Step 5

 Cut the piece for the top. Secure to the box sides, back, and divider using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Cut the pieces for the tray. Drill pocket holes in the tray piece as shown, then attach the front piece. The top of the tray will be flush with the top of the front piece. Apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom of the tray to help it slide smoothly.

Step 5
Step 5
Step 5
Step 6

 Cut the pieces for the hinged top. Cut the sides as shown. Attach the top to the sides using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Attach the front using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. The front will be ½” wider than the sides! Attach the hinged top to the box top using a continuous hinge cut to length. (It can be cut using a hacksaw.)

Step 6
Step 6
Step 6
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Attach the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails, then attach the front and back in the same manner. Apply a coat of paste wax to the bottom of the drawers (this helps them slide smoothly) and insert the boxes into the openings – there will be a 1/8” gap at the sides and top. Install all of the cabinet pulls.

Step 7
Step 7
Step 7
Finishing Instructions

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

Knock Offs 
Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! 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.

Aug
26
2013
Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Project Details

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser! This baby would be perfect alongside the Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a West Elm Inspired Emmerson King Bed and of course the Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson Nightstand!

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 Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Tools
Lumber
  • Two sheets of ¾” plywood
  • 1 – 1x3 at 8’
  • 1 – 1x6 at 3’
  • 6 – 1x8 at 8’
  • One sheet of ¼” plywood
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 1x6 at 14” –Base
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 18” x 52-3/4” – Bottom
  • 2 – 1x3 at 47-1/4” – Base Stretchers
  • 2 - ¾” plywood at 18” x 27-3/4” – Sides
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 17-1/4” x 27” - Divider
  • 4 – ¾” plywood at 17-1/4” x 26” – Shelves
  • 1 – ¼” plywood at 27-3/4” x 54-1/4”” – Back
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 18-1/4” x 54-1/4”” – Top
  • 12 – 1x8 at 14-1/2” – Drawer Box
  • 12 -1x8 at 25” – Drawer Box
  • 6 – ¼” plywood at 16” x 25” – Drawer Bottom
  • 4 – ¾” plywood at 8-3/4” x 26-1/8” – Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 9” x 26-1/8” – Middle Drawer Front
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

Apply optional edge banding to exposed edges of plywood before assembly.

Cut the pieces for the base and bottom. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in one long edge of each base piece. Also drill pocket holes in each end of the bottom to attach the sides. Position the base pieces on the bottom as shown and attach using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Cut the pieces for the base stretchers. Drill pocket holes in each end as well as one long edge of each piece. Attach to the bottom and existing base pieces using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Base and Bottom for Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Stretchers for Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the sides. Drill pocket holes in the top edge of each piece to attach the top. Attach to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Dresser Sides for Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Step 3

Cut the piece for the divider. Drill pocket holes in each of the shorter ends. Attach to the bottom as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

DIY Dresser Divider for Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Step 4

Cut the piece for the shelves. Drill pocket holes in each edge. Secure to the sides as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. The shelves will be set ¾” back from the front edge of the sides. 

How to Install the Shelves for Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Step 5

Cut the piece for the back and attach using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Attach the Back for Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Step 6

Cut the piece for the top. Attach to the sides using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Fasten the Top in Place for Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the drawer boxes. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Cut the pieces for the drawer bottoms. Attach to the drawer boxes using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Attach the drawer slide hardware according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Build the Drawer Boxes for Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the drawer fronts. There will be a 1/8” gap all the way around. Align, use shims to hold in place if needed. Fasten using 1 1/4" Brad Nails and glue from the front. Once the glue has set up, attach from the inside if you prefer using 1 1/4" screws then attach the drawer pulls according to the manufacter instructions. 

Install the Drawer Fronts for Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build an Emmerson 6 Drawer Dresser
Finishing Instructions

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

Knock Offs 
Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! 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.

Aug
23
2013
Project Details

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Velloso Console Table! Such a stylish little thing, isn't he? I love the legs on this piece and it would be so easy to build... can't wait to see who builds it first! Xx... Rayan

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
Dimensions for This Project
Tools

 

  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink bit for drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig 
Lumber

 

  • 2 – 1x3 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 1 half sheet of ¾” plywood
Materials

 

  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” screws
  • Edge banding for plywood
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List

 

  • 4 – 1x4 at 31-1/4” - Leg Frames
  • 6 – 1x4 at 12” – Leg Frames
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 12” x 36” – Shelf
  • 2 – 1x3 at 44” – Top Frame
  • 2 – 1x3 at 13-1/2” – Top Frame
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 15” x 44” - 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

 

Edge banding will be applied to the exposed edges of the plywood before assembly.

Cut the pieces for the leg frames. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill holes in each end of the smaller pieces. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. 

Step 1
Step 2

 

Cut the piece for the shelf. Secure to the middle stretchers on the leg frames using glue and countersunk 1-1/4” screws.

Step 2
Step 3

 

Cut the pieces for the top and the frame. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter trim pieces as well as one long edge of each piece. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Secure the frame to the top piece using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Position the top on the leg frames. The top will overlap the sides of the leg frames by 4”. Secure using glue and 1-1/4” countersunk screws through the underside of the top of the leg frames into the top.

Step 3
Step 3
Finishing Instructions

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

Knock Offs 
Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! 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.

Aug
22
2013
Project Image

Love this little desk. It now lives in the playroom.

Estimated Cost 

$30

Length of Time 

2 hours 

Modifications 

I used drawer pulls and created an overhanging top.

Lumber Used 

pine

Finishing Technique 

maple stain and varnish

Aug
19
2013
Project Image
Project Details

Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build Provence Beam Benches! Several of you have built benches to match your Provence Beam Dining Tables (plans for those are listed just below), like you see in this Builders Showcase: Provence Beam Dining and Benches, but we never officially posted the plans. Now the rest of you who are interested in having the matching set can do just that without having to hurt your brain with the math involved!

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
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink Bit for Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig 
Lumber

For the longer bench:

  • 5 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 1 – 2x4 at 10’
  • 3 – 2x6 at 10’

For the shorter bench:

  • 4 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 2x6 at 6’
Materials
  • 2-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2” screws
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List

For either bench:

  • 4 – 2x4 at 15-7/16” – Legs
  • 2 – 2x4 at 11-3/4” – Side Frame Connector
  • 2 – 2x4 at 12-1/2” – Side Stretchers

For the longer bench:

  • 3 – 2x4 at 93” – Seat Supports
  • 1 – 2x4 at 97” – Stretcher
  • 2 – 2x4 at 22-5/8” – Trusses
  • 3 – 2x6 at 120” – Seat

For the shorter bench:

  • 3 – 2x4 at 40” – Seat Supports
  • 1 – 2x4 at 37” – Stretcher
  • 2 – 2x4 at 12-3/16” – Trusses
  • 3 – 2x6 at 60” - Seat
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. Cut a 9 degree bevel in each end (opposite of each other). Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in one end as indicated in the drawings.

Step 1
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the connector. Secure the legs using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. The frames will resemble an “A” shape.

Step 2
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the stretchers and cut a 9 degree angle in each end. Drill pocket holes in each end as shown. Position as shown (3” up from the floor) then secure using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. The outside face of the stretchers will be flush with the outside edge of the legs.

Step 3
Step 3
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the seat supports and drill pocket holes in each end. Secure to the connectors as shown using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. The boards will be spaced at approximately ¾”.

Step 4
Step 5

 Cut the piece for the stretcher and drill pocket holes at each end. Position the stretcher so it is centered on the side stretchers, then secure using glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Step 5
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the trusses and cut the angles in each end as shown. Also, drill pocket holes in each end. Position the trusses so that they are centered on the center seat support as well as centered on the stretcher. Secure to the support with the edge flush with the side of the connector piece. (see the drawing)

Step 6
Step 6
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the seat. Lay the boards out on a flat surface and position the seat frame on top of it. There will be a 10” overhang at each side. Secure the frame to the seat boards using countersunk 2-1/2” screws from the underside into the seat boards. Make sure to use plenty of screws to catch all three pieces!

Step 7
Finishing Instructions

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

Knock Offs 
Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! 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.

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