Jan
01
2016
The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Are you feeling like the Holiday paraphernalia can't get gone fast enough, like I am? I am ready for some warmer temps and to be done with any and all evidence that the Holidays even happened. Every year we seem to start the new year with an enormous amount of leftover candy, beverages and random ingredients so to put me out of my own misery I came up with a few treats that put those things to good use.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Since we aren't out of the woods yet on the celebratory front, I made these cute copper rimmed live edge serving platters from scrap wood that is taking up space in my garage. Yay for using up leftover supplies.

Here are the materials you will need to make the nesting platters...

MATERIALS // 

ST500T 3-in-1 Micro Torch

Butane

Copper Soldering Tape - I found mine at Michaels in the jewelry making aisle.

4 feet of 1x6 poplar or other hardwood

 

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

I had two short pieces of 1x6 poplar board left over from another project and they happen to have a complimentary grain pattern. I lined them up side by side and drew out an organic shape with a slight carve out in the center. Since poplar is a relatively hard wood, it will wear well and take a beating before you see the evidence.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Carve out your shapes using a jig saw or router and sand smooth.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Copper soldering tape is the perfect size for two stacked strips to round the edges of each platter.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Starting in a less conspicuous spot, begin wrapping your platter with the first row of banding. Take care to press firmly as you go and smooth along the way.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Your second row should sit directly above the first so they appear as if they are one row.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

Using my Micro Torch with soldering tip I gently gave the soldering foil a bit of heat in the places it wasn't cooperating and along sections that had to make tricky curves. This helped activate the sticky side of the foil and forced it to bend and flex where I wasn't able to smooth it out otherwise. To make your platter food safe you can give it a coat of mineral oil and keep in mind this isn't a cutting board and merely a serving piece. No one would be the wiser if you carve it up, but avoiding this will keep the integrity of your piece intact for a much longer period.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

CANDY DIP // Using any leftover candy from Santa, or any chocolate based candy that is your fave (a crispy crunchy type is fab), carefully melt in the microwave for 10-15 seconds at a time. Stir in between heating and take care not to over heat as chocolate is notorious for burning. You can also use the heat gun portion of your torch and melt it down as needed. Cover with a layer of marshmallows if you prefer and gently heat with your torch to melt the marshmallows down into fluff. Once you have them melted a bit, you can toast them with your torch on a slightly higher heat setting or with the actual flame of your torch and blow out carefully if you light that baby on fire - which you probably will - but that tastes amazing so who cares as long as you don't burn the house down.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

BUTTERED BEER // Cocktail or Mocktail - Makes 6 to 8 servings. Adapted from this recipe and adjusted for ease of ingredient finding and measurements.

48 Ounces - Good Quality British (or Scottish) Ale - I used this one and it was fantastic. If you have trouble finding something similar, just be sure to get a good quality cask conditioned ale.

1/4 tsp Ground Ginger

1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1/2 tsp Ground Cloves

1 Cup Brown Sugar

5 Egg Yolks

7 TBSP Unsalted Butter

Follow the directions outlined here under recipe method. If you want to make this kid-friendly, you can! Instructions are outlined for this as well.

To make the modern chilled version, I recommend the delicious adaptation of using equal parts half and half with eggnog. Absolutely fabulous and if the half and half and eggnog are already chilled, you can skip the chilling process and it works beautifully.

The Design Confidential DIY // Copper Rimmed Live Edge Nesting Platters + Buttered Beer Recipe

To add a topper of toasted marshmallows to your warm buttered beer, layer onto your drink and follow the same process as for the candy dip. Melt gently then toast for the best flavor. Take caution when add heat or flame to anything with alcohol since you will more than likely end up with flambe if you don't... eek.

This project brought to you as part of a partnership with Bernzomatic and an ongoing series of projects here on The Design Confidential! Thank you for supporting this fabulous brand, it is such fun to round out my projecting skill set and try new things! Heart you guys!

Nov
04
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // RH Inspired Printmakers Desk by Zack

I work for an excellent employer that allowed me to build my own desk instead of ordering a pre-fab one from one of the big box retailers. I'm really proud of what I was able to put together as this was my first real foray into furniture-building. There were a couple issues with the assembly order that I found while building from the plan on TDC, but thankfully I was looking far enough ahead to anticipate them and adjust the plans. I finished the desk about 6 weeks ago, but I'll work hard to remember what I encountered. 

For the desk, I got 3/4" maple 7-ply plywood and true cabinetmaker's maple 1x2"s (more on this later). To save on costs, I bought cheaper plywood (13-ply chinese birch) from the same place for the interior pieces (mostly the drawer boxes). I used optimalon's cut optimizer (http://www.optimalon.com/index.htm) to make sure I used wood efficiently. Since I wasn't using traditional dimensional lumber, I bought 200 BF of 1x2" and trimmed it all down to the actual dimensions (3/4"x11 1/12'), then glued the 1x2's together after they have been trimmed on the table saw to get the number of 2x2's I needed.

To save weight and materials, I nixed the full plywood divider, and replaced it with a full frame of 1x2 around the underside of the top assembly. That way, it was easier to install drawer slides later, as well as make adjustments to other portions.

I also put a back on the desk since it wasn't going up against a wall. If you're going to do that, you need to purchase a 3rd sheet of plywood as there won't be enough material with just the two in the list.

This was also my first project with the Kreg Jig, and I loved working with it! I have definitely learned that I need to be more consistent about clamping with screwing together pieces, there are a number of pieces on the desk that don't sit as flush as I would like because I screwed them together without any clamping. Learn from my mistakes!

Speaking of mistakes, you'll notice the top has a sort of cross pattern with 1x2 and plywood panels. That was done because I made a bad cut on the piece meant for the top of the desk. It was a 1/2" too narrow at one end, so I put the 1x2's in as a frame and filled it in with pieces I measured twice and cut once! I wish I had done it right from the beginning, but the end result looks on purpose and I'm happy with it!

I don't know what else to write about the project, but I'd love to answer any questions you may have about the build and the plans from my experience with them!

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // RH Inspired Printmakers Desk by Zack
Estimated Cost 

I spent about $500 on wood, screws, and the Kreg Jig for this project. The 7-ply exterior pieces of plywood were most expensive at $77 each, but they were worth it for the quality. Very good to work with. I bought the wood at Nashville Plywood, in case you're in the area. They were great to work with, even for a rookie like me.

Length of Time 

I worked on this project for about 30 hours total. It would have been shorter if I had a garage, but I had to move stuff (tools and materials) in and out of the house each time I wanted to work on it, so that exacerbated the time and space significantly to build.

Modifications 

I'd avoid the full middle panel and frame it instead with 1x2's. That way, no edge finishing to do on plywood, and it saves a ton of weight without sacrificing any strength or functionality. It also allows to you drill holes in the top to run cable and such without having to remove the drawers. Makes for a cleaner desktop without wires.

I also just screwed the drawer fronts in the normal way, I didn't assemble them per instructions. Fewer screws and less time.

I secured all of the side and back panels by drilling with the Kreg jig instead of doing brad nails or anything like that.

Lumber Used 

I had 200 feet of maple 1x2 that I glued together to make my 2x2's as well as using for the 1x2's./p>

2 4x8 sheets of plywood for top, back, sides, and drawer fronts

1 cheap 4x8 sheet of plywood for drawer boxes (could have probably used less, but have extra to play with now!)

1 sheet of 1/4" plywood for drawer bottoms, plus one extra small piece I had to go back and buy (no way to make the drawer bottoms with just one piece, measurements don't work out)

Finishing Technique 

Brushed on Minwax Early American stain. Will put poly on later, I'm not so good with coasters and know it's only a matter of time!

Additional Project Details 

Read up on ways to make accurate repeat cuts. That's the one thing I had wished I had done, it would have saved many headaches in fitting everything up in the end. Still some things I need to fix in that regard, but having it together with flaws is way better than not having it together.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // RH Inspired Printmakers Desk by Zack
Sep
03
2015
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Project Details

Back to school and homework blues? Ya, me too. Maybe a cute new desk and bench combo for your cute kiddos is just what you need to make homework a little more tolerable.

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 Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench

Two of these back to back make a fabulous work table or play table, and four of these would be out of this world!

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
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • Half Sheet 3/4" Plywood or MDF - 4' x 4'
  • 7 - 2x2 at 8'
Materials
Cut List
  • 7 - 2x2 at 32" - Desk + Bench Rails
  • 2 - 2x2 at 29 1/4" - Desk Legs
  • 10 - 2x2 at 10" - Bench Frame + Supports
  • 4 - 2x2 at 16 3/4" - Bench Legs
  • 2 - 2x2 at 18 1/2" - Connectors
  • 2 - 2x2 at 26 1/2" - Desk Legs
  • 4 - 2x2 at 15 1/2" - Desk Frame
  • 2 - 3/4" Plywood or MDF at 35" x 13" - Bench
  • 1 - 3/4" Plywood or MDF at 35" x 18 1/2" - Desk

 

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

Build the leg unit for the desk portion of this project. Cut the legs and rails to length and drill your pocket hole in the rails (horizontal pieces) with your Pocket Hole Jig set for 1 1/2" material. Join using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Step 2

Build 2 Bench Leg Units. Cut your legs and rails to length and place your pocket holes in the rails (horizontal pieces) with your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" material. Join your pieces using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Step 3

Secure all leg units together by attaching the connector pieces to them. Place your pocket holes to the insides so they aren't as obvious. Create pocket holes in the connectors using your pocket hole jig set for 1 1/2" material. Join using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Step 4

Build the Frame. Create pocket holes on the 10 inch supports to connect to the rails and on the inside of the rails to connect to the leg units, with your pocket hole jig set for 1 1/2" material. Secure the supports to the rails using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. Once your glue has set, secure the rails to the leg units using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Step 5

Create the Bench Shelf and Attach the Front Desk Legs. To create the shelf, cut your plywood or MDF down to size, then cut a 1 1/2" square from each corner using a jig saw, router or table saw. Secure the shelf using glue and 1 1/4" Finish or Brad Nails.

Create pocket holes on the top and bottom of one edge of the Front Desk Legs using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" material. Secure in place using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Step 6

Place pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on both ends of the Desk Frame Pieces. Attach the Desk Frame Pieces using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws in the pocket holes you added to the Front Desk Legs in the previous step and the pocket holes on one end of the Desk Frame Piece that you create in this step. Create pocket holes on the Bench Rails using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" material. Secure in place using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Step 7

Place pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on both ends of the 10" Bench Supports and 15 1/2" Desk Supports. Secure the Desk Rail to the Desk Frame Pieces using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws in the pocket holes you created in the previous step. Then secure the Bench and Desk Supports using glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Step 8

Create the Bench and Desk Tops and secure in place using glue and 1 1/4" Finish or Brad Nails. If you are plan to finish the edges of your shelf and tops, apply edge banding once you have secured these pieces.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential to Build a New School Desk with Bench
Finishing Instructions

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

Kiddos 
Disclaimer

// Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this website as outlined under Terms of Use. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by The Design Confidential.com and while we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, personal injury or death, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of information or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it. The Design Confidential.com is inspired by but does not replicate exact designs, any similarities between these plans and items sold at specialty retailers is coincidential and not endorsed by or related to any said retailers. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Aug
12
2015
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Project Details

At long last, we have the plans for a toddler sized house bed playhouse! You all loved the twin sized version so much that I am rolling out the other requested sizes and each will have a slightly different variation in style, from the last. Hopefully this will let you choose your own adventure with this project, depending on your needs and how it will function. 

We are also giving something new a bit of a try and I will be including a special download for the printable version of this project. It will have larger images and none of the extra stuff! I will update this in just a bit with the printable version and as usual... 

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 Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$75-$150
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 5 - 1x4 at 8'
  • 2 - 2x4 at 8'
  • 5 - 2x3 at 8'
  • 1 - 2x3 at 6'
  • 1 - 2x2 at 6'

 

Materials
Cut List
  • 14 - 1x4's at 27" - Slats
  • 2 - 2x4's at 52" - Lower Side Rails
  • 2 - 2x4's at 27" - Head and Foot Rails
  • 3 - 2x3's at 52" - Center and Side Boards
  • 4 - 2x3's at 36" - Posts
  • 2 - 2x3's at 22 3/4" - Roof
  • 2 - 2x3's at 21 1/4" - Roof
  • 2 - 2x3's at 47" - Upper Side Rails
  • 1 - 2x3 at 5 1/2" - Chimney
  • 1 - 2x3 at 8 1/2" - Chimney
  • 1 - 2x3 at 4 1/2" - Chimney
  • 1 - 2x2 at 47" - Pitch Rail

 

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 all 6 boards to size and then bevel the 4 posts at a 45° angle, making sure to keep the length of your original cut. You will be making 2 units here and you can drill your pocket holes in the bottom rails as shown, and set your Pocket Hole Jig for 1 1/2" material. Attach your posts to your Rails using glue and 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws. Your posts will sit with the longer edge on what will be the inside and the same side as your pocket holes.

** When you bevel, you are simply cutting your board at an angle with your board laying flat and your miter saw tilting 45° rather than being turned at a 45° angle as it would be when you miter.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 2

Create your inner frame by cutting your boards to length and attaching them to your Head and Foot Rails. If you prefer for your slats to sit flush with the rails, secure the Center and Side Boards 3/4" down from the top edge of the Head and Foot Rails and 1/4" up from the bottom edge. Secure the Center and Side Boards in place using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" material and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and glue. Attach the center board first for ease of securing with pocket hole screws and you can place the pocket holes on the outsides of the Side Boards since they won't be seen.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 3

Now you will attach the 3 units you have built by securing the Side Boards to the Bottom Rails with 2" wood screws and glue. Use your countersink drill bit to pre-drill for screws that will sit flush with your boards. Since you will secure the Side Boards directly to the Bottom Rails, you can simply glue the Head and Foot Rails to the Side Boards if you wish, but there is no need to worry about securing these with screws or pocket holes.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 4

Fasten your slats in place using 1 1/2" brad nails or finish nails. If you don't have a nail gun at your disposal, you can opt to use 1 1/2" screws, just be sure to countersink them using your countersink drill bit to pre-drill and then fasten your screws with a phillips head drill bit. The slats should fit perfectly with no spaces between them, but it would be wise to dry fit just to be sure!

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 5

Now for the fun part! This looks so much more complicated than it actually is - promise! Cut your boards to length and note that you will be creating 2 units for the pitch of your roof and that the 2 boards that form one unit are not the same length. One side is going to be 1 1/2" longer than the other. Once you have them cut to length, bevel one end of each board at 45°. Be sure to keep the length as directed when you do this. Once you have beveled the end of each board, you will create your pitch by securing the straight cut end of one long and one short piece together. Please be sure to set the short piece to the inside edge of the longer piece as you see in the diagram.

Once you have your 2 roof units created, you can secure them to your posts using glue and 2" wood screws, downward from the top edge of your bevel down into your posts. Be sure to countersink and pre-drill so your screws are flush.

**Note that these pieces will sit flat for beveling as well as when you secure them to create your pitch. The face of your roof boards should match that of your posts and both will have the face side of your board (the 2 1/2" side) run the length of the bed (the longer sides) rather than the width (the shorter head and foot). This means that when you look at your bed from the side, your boards will appear slightly bigger than they do when you look at your bed from the head or foot, but all should match.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 6

Secure the rails in place using 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and glue. Cut your rails to length, noting that the top rail that runs the between the 2 roof units is a 2x2 while the Upper Side Rails are 2x3's. The 2x3's will sit with the face of your boards (the 2 1/2" side) facing outward. Place pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on either end of one face of the 2x3's and secure to the Posts and Roof Units from the inside of your bed. Note that the top edge of your Rails will actually sit flush with the top edge of your roof board bevel. Place your pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on either end of your 2x2 Pitch Rail and secure this sitting flush to the very top of the pitch of your Roof. Place your pocket holes on the underside of your Pitch Rail so they aren't visible.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 7

This last step is optional, but pretty adorable. To create a chimney, you will simply cut all 3 pieces to length, and then bevel the legs at 45°. Secure all 3 pieces together using 2" wood screws and glue and be sure your beveled edges face the same direction and note that this chimney unit will also sit with the face of your board (the 2 1/2" side) sitting the same way your posts and your roof sit (along the sides) with the sides of your board (the 1 1/2" side) facing the front and back.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Finishing Instructions

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

Kiddos 
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

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

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

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

Estimated Cost 

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

Length of Time 

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

Lumber Used 

Pine - pine beetle damaged for color

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

Redwood for framing.

Finishing Technique 

Oil based polyeurathane.

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