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Mar
05
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Outdoor Plans How to Build an Herb Wheel Garden Planter via @thedesconf
Project Details

Spring is in the air, is it not? I am getting an early start on all of my spring planting in the hopes that my garden babies will weather the extreme heat of the summer if they have a bit more time to get established. Fingers crossed it all works out and we don't have so many casualties as we typically do, eek! 

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The Design Confidential Free DIY Outdoor Plans How to Build an Herb Wheel Garden Planter 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
The Design Confidential Free DIY Outdoor Plans How to Build an Herb Wheel Garden Planter via @thedesconf
Tools
Lumber
  • 6 – 2x4 at 8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 18 – 2x4 at 13-3/4” – Sides
  • 3 – 2x4 at 32-1/8” – Primary Centers
  • 12 – 2x4 at 14-3/4” – Secondary Sides
  • 1 – 2x4 at 3-1/2” – Centerpiece
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. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both outside ends of each piece (noted in graphic) and along the bottom long end of 12 of the 18 Sides. See Step 6 for more detail of the Sides.

Top View of Side

The Design Confidential Free DIY Outdoor Plans How to Build an Herb Wheel Garden Planter via @thedesconf
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Primary Centers. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes along the bottom long end of 2 of the 3 Primary Centers. Make sure to keep the pockets holes away from the last 5 inches of each end.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Outdoor Plans How to Build an Herb Wheel Garden Planter via @thedesconf
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Secondary Centers. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes along the bottom long end of 8 of the 12 Secondary Centers.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Outdoor Plans How to Build an Herb Wheel Garden Planter via @thedesconf
Step 4

Create the First Level by laying out the Sides, Primary Center, and Secondary Centers as shown in the graphic. Note that many of the First Level pieces do not have pocket holes along their long edges. Assemble with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Outdoor Plans How to Build an Herb Wheel Garden Planter via @thedesconf
Step 5

Create the Second Level by laying out the Sides, Primary Center, and Secondary Centers as shown in the graphic. Assemble with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Outdoor Plans How to Build an Herb Wheel Garden Planter via @thedesconf
Step 6

Create the Third Level by laying out the Sides, Primary Center, and Secondary Centers as shown in the graphic. Assemble with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Outdoor Plans How to Build an Herb Wheel Garden Planter via @thedesconf
Step 7

Cut the Centerpiece. Attach as shown with glue and 2-1/2” wood screws. This Centerpiece will help keep the Secondary Centers “locked” into place since no pocket screws will be used to secure them into place.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Outdoor Plans How to Build an Herb Wheel Garden Planter via @thedesconf
Step 8
Step 9
Step 11
Step 12
Step 13
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

Feb
27
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Project Details

Oh adorable little (not that little) director's chair, I have my eye on you for some bonafide fabulous outdoor seating. Perfect for indoor use or the great outdoors if you use an appropriate specie of wood; I love that this plan can be made to suit your own personal decor. 

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 The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Tools
Lumber
  • 3 – 2x2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
Materials
  • 1-1/4” Pocket Screws
  • 1-1/4” Wood Screws
  • Safety Gear
  •  Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
  • Canvas or other durable cloth material at 11” x 39” – Fabric Backrest
  • Canvas or other durable cloth material at 19” x 34-1/2” – Fabric Seat
  • Thread, iron-on fabric adhesive, or fabric glue
  • Staples
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x2 at 22-1/2” - Fronts
  • 2 – 2x2 at 34-1/2” –Backs
  • 2 – 2x2 at 18-1/2” –Arm Rests
  • 2 – 2x2 at 17” – Outer Seat
  • 2 – 2x2 at 17” – Bottoms
  • 2 – 1x2 at 17” – Inner Seat
  • 4 – 1x2 at 26-11/16” – Cross Supports
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.

Note: *If you plan to paint or stain the wood pieces, please do so before attaching the fabric.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Backs. Next, cut the Fabric Backrest.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 2

Turn under long edges of the Backrest 1/2”, iron, and then turn them under another 1/2” and iron again. There will be no need to do this to the short edges of the Backrest, since they will not be visible.

To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 3

Place the Backs on the Fabric Backrest as shown and secure into place with staples. “Roll” the fabric onto each Back. To do this, you can roll the Backs toward the center of the fabric so that a total of 9” of fabric is rolled onto each Back. For extra strength, you can staple the fabric-covered Backs, or use decorative upholstery nails.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 4

You should be left with approximately 21” of fabric between the two Backs after “rolling.” When assembled, the Backs will be 20” from each other, with 1” of “slack” in the Fabric Backrest.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Fronts, Arm Rests, Outer Seat Pieces, and Bottoms. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the Fronts, the back ends of the Arm Rests, and both ends of the Outer Seat Pieces and Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. You may want to set up some type of support on the sides of the Chair since it may be floppy until the Cross Supports are assembled.

Chair Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 6

Next, cut the piece for the Fabric Seat. 

Chair Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 7

Turn under long edges of the Seat 1/2”, iron, and then turn them under another 1/2” and iron again. There will be no need to do this to the short edges of the Seat, since they will not be visible.

To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges.

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 8

Next, cut the pieces for the Inner Seat Pieces and Cross Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4”, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Cross Supports. Refer to graphics to see which direction your pocket holes should face. Don’t attach anything just yet!

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Cross Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 9

Place the Inner Seat Pieces on the Fabric Seat as shown and secure into place with staples. “Roll” the fabric onto each Inner Seat piece. To do this, you can roll the Inner Seat Pieces toward the center of the fabric so that a total of 6-3/4” of fabric is rolled onto each Inner Seat Piece. For extra strength, you can staple the fabric-covered Inner Seat Pieces, or use decorative upholstery nails.

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 10

You should be left with approximately 21” of fabric between the two Inner Seat Pieces, with 1” of “slack” in the Fabric Seat.

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 11

Attach the Inner Seat Pieces to the Outer Seat Pieces as shown with 1-1/4” wood screws. 

Inner Seat Pieces for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 12

Next, attach the Cross Supports as shown with 1-1/4” pocket screws. You may have to play a little with the exact position of the Cross Supports (use the graphic as a starting point). Use 1-1/4” wood screws at the point where the Cross Supports cross one another.

Cross Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair 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

Feb
23
2015

I have a 4 year old and 2 year old. They share a bedroom and my wife and I were looking for a design to make a lofted bed for our 4 year old. I found the Low Loft Bed plans on here and went with it. I built it slightly higher than the plans say and went 5 feet high overall.

But with that, we were able to turn it into a bunk bed for my 2 year old by repeating the steps for the top bunk on the bottom one!  A little paint, and we were all set!

I had followed the plans for the low lofted bed and went to the local big box store and got everything I needed. I added some cheap rope lighting below to top bunk for reading while on the bottom bunk.

This was what I started with from using the low lofted bed plan.

Estimated Cost 

All in all, I had about $150 in this project including the materials for the top AND bottom bunk. The paint was a few dollars more, but we had some of it already. The price is to build the bed and doesn't include the mattress cost.

Length of Time 

It was about 2 weekend project of time total. I built it once, painted it, took it apart, moved it inside, and reassembled it.

Modifications 

I just made it slightly higher than the original plans called for and put a bottom bunk on it.

Lumber Used 

I followed the plans with 1x4, 2x4, 2x6, and 4x4 with some hardware.

Finishing Technique 

I used lots of paint to get good coverage and I sanded the cuts to round the edges over. 

Additional Project Details 

This bed is super sturdy and comfortable.  We had over 600 pounds of people laying the the bottom bunk and the think didn't even think of moving!

Feb
15
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart Table
Project Details

The versatility of this adorable rolling cart table is just lovely! Use it as a bar cart, or rolling utility cart, even a side table and this gal will look fabulous no matter how you choose to put her to work. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart Table

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 Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart Table
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 1-1/2” Wooden Dowel at 8’
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 2’x4’
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12-1/2” x18-1/2” – Upper and Lower Trays
  • 4 – 1x2 at 20” – Upper and Lower Tray Fronts and Backs
  • 4 – 1x2 at 14” – Upper and Lower Tray Sides
  • 4 – 1-1/2” Wooden Dowel at 4-1/4” – Bottom Posts
  • 4 – 1-1/2” Wooden Dowel at 14-1/4” – Middle Posts
  • 4 – 1-1/2” Wooden Dowel at 3-1/4” – Top Posts
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 Upper and Lower Trays. Mark the locations of the Posts as shown (on the top side and bottom side of each Tray). With a 1-1/2” Spade Bit, drill a hole at each location approximately 1/4” inch deep. You can wiggle the Spade Bit from side to side a little as you drill, so that the hole will be slightly larger than the 1-1/2” Post. Repeat this step twice - once for the Upper Tray and once for the Lower Tray.

Upper and Lower Trays:

Trays for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart Table
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Upper and Lower Fronts, Backs, and Sides. Attach the Upper Front, Back, and Sides to the Upper Tray as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Repeat this process for the Lower Tray.  If you want a more rounded appearance for the corners of your trays, get out your sander and sand away!

Shown: Tray Top then Tray Bottom

Trays Top View for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart Table
Trays Top View for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart Table
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Posts. Each Post will be composed of 3 pieces, but assembled in the Cart, will give the illusion of one long piece. For the Bottom Post, mark the center of the Post.  Using an appropriately sized Spade Bit, drill a hole slightly larger (we are using a 3/8” Spade Bit for our specific Caster) and longer (approximately 1” deep for our specific Caster) than the stem of the Caster you are using. You can wiggle the Spade Bit from side to side a little as you drill, so that the hole will be slightly larger and longer than the stem of the Caster.

Next, insert the stem of the Caster into the Lower Post – repeat for each Bottom Post.  The stem should fit very snug in the drilled hole. If it is a little looser than you would like, place a little glue into the drilled hole, reinsert the stem and let the glue set.

Lower Posts and Casters for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart Table
Step 4

Next, place a dab of glue into the holes drilled on the bottom side of the Lower Tray. Place the Bottom Posts (with inserted Casters) into the holes, ensuring that the Posts are set at 90 degrees. Each Post will be sunk 1/4” into the drilled hole.

Lower Tray Position for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart Table
Step 5

Place a dab of glue into the holes drilled on the top side of the Lower Tray. Place the Middle Posts into the holes, ensuring that the Posts are set at 90 degrees. Each Post will be sunk 1/4” into the drilled hole.

Middle Posts for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart Table
Step 6

Place a dab of glue into the holes drilled on the bottom side of the Upper Tray. Place the Middle Posts into the holes, ensuring that the Posts are set at 90 degrees. Each Post will be sunk 1/4” into the drilled hole.

Top Tray Position for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart Table
Step 7

Place a dab of glue into the holes drilled on the top side of the Upper Tray. Place the Top Posts into the holes, ensuring that the Posts are set at 90 degrees. Each Post will be sunk 1/4” into the drilled hole. If you want a more rounded appearance for the edges of the Top Posts, get out your sander and sand away!

Top Posts for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Peggy Rolling Cart 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

Feb
09
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table
Project Details

Happy Monday friends! I have been feverishly working on a big big project around here and I will start rolling that out this week! Yahoo, can't wait to show you what I have been up to! In the meantime, how bout them legs? The legs on this beauty can be sanded a bit more roundy on the sides and edges for that true MCM look and feel. I am crushing hard on the inlaid look of this top and the super duper cool looking legs on this gal, roundy or not! I hope you like this fun build! 

To check out all of the hundreds of free furniture plans we have published, check out the plan index page.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table

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 Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 3/4”plywood at 4’x4’
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood 3-1/2”x20-1/2” – Table Top
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood 3-1/2”x20-1/2” – Contrasting Table Top
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood 14-3/4”x20-1/2” – Center Table Top
  • 2 – 1x2 at 22” – Table Top Edge Ends
  • 2 – 1x2 at 30-1/4” – Table Top Edge Sides
  • 4 – 1x4 at 19” – Legs
  • 2 – 1x4 at 20-1/2” – Bottom Supports
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 20-1/2”x24-3/4” – Bottom Shelf
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 Top. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each piece of the Table Top as shown. To add visual interest, make the “Contrasting Top Pieces” a different color or a grain perpendicular to the other Top Pieces. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

(Top View)

(Bottom View)

Top View for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table
Bottom View for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Table Top Edge Pieces. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Table Top Edges for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table
Step 3

Next, cut the pieces for the Legs. The Legs will taper from the top at a 3-1/2” width down to a 1-1/2” width at the bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes at the top of each Leg. These pieces can be “contrasting” in color or style.

Legs for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table
Step 4

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

Positioning the Legs for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Bottom Supports as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the upper area and side areas of each Bottom Support. These pieces can be “contrasting” in color or style.

Bottom Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table
Step 6

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

Positioning the Bottom Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table
Step 7

Cut the piece for the Bottom Shelf. Attach to the Bottom Supports as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bottom Shelf for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Modern Side Table
Finishing Instructions

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

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Feb
02
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Mei Freestanding Towel Rack
Project Details

I am kinda obsessed with crossing things off my list, and this set of woodworking plans will do precisely that. We have an awkward setup for our shower and bath where both units sit a bit too far away from the nearest towel bar and both units are surrounded by tile so installing an additional rack in a more ideal location is, well, less than ideal. This means we ultimately set our towels on the nearest surface and naturally this results in a slightly wet towel for drying off. In the warmer months this isn't as much of a big deal, unless it causes those cute towels to mildew. In the colder months around these parts, having to choose between walking to retrieve your towel while wet and cold or using a wet towel to dry off from the wet and cold, makes me moderately insane. Like the eye twitching kind of insanity... naturally. I don't know why builders don't consider these things when they plan out a home, but luckily there is a solution to this within these project plans for this freestanding towel rack. Yahoo!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Mei Freestanding Towel Rack

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 The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Mei Freestanding Towel Rack
Tools
Lumber
  • 3 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 1 – 1x10 at 8’
  • 1 - 3/8” Wooden Dowel Rod at 8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 1x2 at 11-1/4” – Base Sides
  • 1 – 1x2 at 22-1/2” – Base Back
  • 6 – 1x2 at 22-1/2” – Slats
  • 2 – 1x10 at 42” – Sides
  • 1 – 1x2 at 22-1/2” – Crossbar
  • 3 – 3/8 Wooden Dowels at 23” – Towel Rods
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 Base Sides and Base Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Base Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
 

Base for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Mei Freestanding Towel Rack
Step 2

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

Slats for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Mei Freestanding Towel Rack
Step 3

Next, cut the pieces for the Sides. The arc shape for the Side will begin 2” from the bottom of the 1x10. Draw an arc shape as shown. In the image we have a 134” radius arc and a 135” radius arc. You don’t have to make this exact arc - what is really important is that it is a gentle curve that takes up most of the width of the 1x10.

Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Mei Freestanding Towel Rack
Step 4

Next, mark a horizontal line 2” from the top of the 1x10, then another line 8” down from the previous line, and then a final line 8” from the second line – these lines will note the locations for the ends of the Towel Rods. With a 1/2” spade bit, drill approximately 1/4” deep at the center of the 3 locations specified. Repeat this process on your second Side, but as a “mirror image,” so that each Side will arc the same way with holes facing the inside of the Towel Stand. Using your jigsaw, cut out the shape in the diagram. Apply edge banding to the edges of each Side if desired. Assemble to the Base Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Attaching the Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Mei Freestanding Towel Rack
Step 5

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

Crossbar for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Mei Freestanding Towel Rack
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Towel Rods. Before assembly, paint the Towel Rods a metallic color to look like real metal. Position each Rod into the pair of drilled holes. Assemble as shown with glue and clamp until dry.

Dowels for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Mei Freestanding Towel Rack
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

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