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Nov
17
2014
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Polar Bear Bookshelf
Project Details

I might be more excited about this free furniture plan for a Polar Bear Bookshelf than a gal of my particular age should be, but seriously isn't it the cutest thing you ever did see? Love. I can't wait to see how you put your personal spin on this beauty for your gorgeous and special little ones this holiday season! Yahoo.

Check out the other fabulous plans in our Handmade Holiday series. I will be adding to them throughout the next few weeks and adding the previous plans that we have covered in the last few seasons as well as a whole slew of new plans you can choose from! Yippe! Xx... Rayan

The Deets
Finished Project for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Polar Bear Bookshelf

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
$125-$175
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Polar Bear Bookshelf
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 1/4” plywood at – 4’x8’
  • 2 – 1/2” plywood at – 4’x8'
Materials
Cut List

// Refer to specific steps in this plan before cutting pieces - some pieces are cut with angled ends and their exact measurements may differ from the measurements listed below. Measurements listed below are PRE-BEVEL dimensions and the actual end measurements will change once cut according to specific steps. 

  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x18-1/2” – Center Top
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x18” – Center Middle
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x19” – Center Bottom
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x27-3/16” – Center Side A
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x24” – Center Side B
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x18” – Chest Top
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x12” – Chest Bottom
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x16-3/4” – Chest Side A
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x21-1/4” – Chest Side B  
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x12” – Chest Angle
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x9-3/4” – Head Top
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x10-15/16” – Head Bottom
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x3” – Eye
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x6” – Nose Top
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x3-1/2” – Nose Bottom
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x14-1/16” – Front Leg Frontside
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x16” – Front Leg Backside
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x3” – Front Leg Bottom
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x11” – Rear Top  
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x22” – Rear Middle
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x17” – Rear Bottom
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x19-1/2” – Rear Angle A
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x16” – Rear Angle B
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x15” – Tail Vertical Piece A
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x4-1/2” – Tail Vertical Piece B
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x3” – Tail Angle Piece
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x9-1/2” – Back Leg Frontside
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x12” – Back Leg Backside
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 14-3/4”x3” – Back Leg Bottom
  • 1/4” plywood, cut to fit – Bear Bookcase Back

*Refer to plan before cutting pieces - some pieces are cut with angled ends and their exact measurements may differ from the measurements listed above.

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 Center Top, Center Middle, Center Bottom, and Center Side A and B. Set the Kreg jig for 1/2” material and drill pocket holes in the both ends of the Center Top and Center Middle. Drill pocket holes in the bottom ends of the Center Side A and Center Side B. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.

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Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Chest Top, Chest Bottom, Chest Side A, Chest Side B, and Chest Angle. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Chest Bottom, Chest Side B and Chest Angle. Drill pocket holes in the right side of the Chest Top and the top end of Chest Side A. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.

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Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Head Top, Head Bottom, Eye, Nose Top and Nose Bottom. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Head Top and the Nose Top pieces. Drill pocket holes in the bottom end of the Nose Bottom and the right side of the Head Bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.

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Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Front Leg Frontside, Front Leg Backside, and Front Leg Bottom. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Front Leg Backside. Drill pocket holes in the bottom end of the Front Leg Frontside. Assemble as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.

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Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Rear Top, Rear Middle, Rear Bottom, Rear Angle A, and Rear Angle B. Drill pocket holes in both ends of the Rear Angle A, Rear Angle B, and Rear Middle. Drill a pocket hole in the right end of the Rear Top and the right end of the Rear Bottom piece. Assemble as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.

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Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Tail Vertical Piece A, Tail Vertical Piece B, Tail Angle Piece, Back Leg Frontside, Back Leg Backside, and Back Leg Bottom. Drill pocket holes in both ends of the Tail Vertical Piece A, Tail Angle Piece, and Back Leg Backside. Drill pocket holes in the bottom end of the Back Leg Frontside. Assemble as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.

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Step 7

Lay the fully assembled piece on the floor on top of the 1/4” plywood. Trace around the assembled piece. Cut the traced shape out with a jigsaw. Attach the 1/4” plywood Back to the assembled piece with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

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Finishing Instructions

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

Note
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

Nov
12
2014
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench
Project Details

We have such a fun lineup this year for our ongoing yearly Handmade Holiday series! Today is all about the little builders and as folks who love to make the sawdust fly, I figure this workbench toy is nothing short of building a legacy for our kids to learn from. I know my boys love to build and then of course tear down, so my gorgeous little baby bird who is now two, would be in heaven with this one. His big brother would probably adore this as well, some things never get old and banging on things with hammers is one of those things! 

The Deets
Finished Project for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench

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
$15-$20
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 2 – Quarter Sheet of 1/2” plywood at – 2’x2’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 1x2 at 18” – Legs
  • 4 – 1x2 at 9-1/4” – Top and Bottom Side Rails
  • 2 – 1x2 at 19” – Top Shelf Supports
  • 2 – 1x2 at 19” – Bottom Front and Back Rails
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 9-1/4”x19” – Bottom Shelf
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 10-3/4”x19” – Top Shelf
  • 1 – 1x2 at 10-3/4” – Tool Holder
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 the Top and Bottom Side Rails. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the Top and Bottom Side Rails. Make sure the pocket holes face the inside of the Workbench. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat this step twice, once for each end of the Workbench.

Constructing the Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Top Shelf Supports and Bottom Front and Back Rails. Drill pocket holes in the ends of these 4 pieces. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. The holes should face the inside of the Workbench. The Top Shelf Supports and the Bottom Front and Back Rails should line up with the inside edge of the Legs.

Attach the Shelf Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench
Step 3

Cut the piece for the Bottom Shelf. Set the Kreg Jig for 1/2” and drill pocket holes in all sides of the Shelf. Align the bottom of the Shelf with the bottom of the Bottom Front and Back Rails and Bottom Side Rails, making sure that the pocket holes face the ground. Assemble as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.

Attach the Bottom Shelf for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench
Step 4

Cut the Top piece. Secure to the Top Shelf Supports with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. 

Fasten the Top in Place for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench
Step 5

Drill a series of 3/4” holes as shown. These can be used for hammering dowels (i.e. nails) into the workbench! 

Drill Holes in the Top for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench
Step 6

Install knobs on one end of the Workbench. We installed one at the top of each Leg, but have fun with it! You can use knobs, hooks, or clips in varying colors and sizes.

Attach the Knobs for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench
Step 7

Cut the piece for the Tool Holder. Drill a series of 1/2” holes as shown. To create the cutout, first drill your 1/2” holes and then use your jigsaw to cut the rest of the shape. 

Pattern for the Tool Holder for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench
Step 8

Install the Tool Holder as shown with small L brackets. 

Attach the Tool Holder for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans //  How to Build a Children's Play Workbench
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Finishing Instructions

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

Note
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 our terms of service. 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

Nov
06
2014
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Project Details

The Holidays are quickly approaching and making something special for your little ones is a fabulous way to celebrate! A playhouse that you are excited to add to your home is perfect for all of you style conscious parents out there! I will be posting plans as part of our ongoing Handmade Holiday series, between now and then, and of course we have many plans from the previous years for you to choose from as well. I will be retagging all of our plans that didn't get updated in the move, so check back often to see which project you might like to tackle for your children this year!

The Deets
Finished Project for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse

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

Estimated Cost
$200-$250
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 11 – 2x2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1/2” plywood at – 4’x8’
  • 1 – 1/4” plywood at – 2’x2’
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x2 at 54” – Front Side Posts
  • 4 – 2x2 at 41-3/4” – Front Side Roof Support, Front Side Top Plate, Front Side Center Rail, and Front Side Bottom Plate
  • 2 – 2x2 at 46-1/4” – Back Side Posts
  • 4 – 2x2 at 41-3/4” - Back Side Roof Support, Back Side Top Plate, Back Side Center Rail, and Back Side Bottom Plate
  • 3 – 2x2 at 41-3/4” - Right Side Top Plate, Right Side Center Rail, and Right Side Bottom Plate
  • 1 – 2x2 at 41-3/4” – Left Side Top Plate
  • 2 – 2x2 at 20” – Left Side Center Rail and Left Side Bottom Plate
  • 1 – 2x2 at 40-1/2” – Left Side Door Frame
  • 2 – 2x2 at 18-3/4” – Back Side Center Posts
  • 2 – 2x2 at 18-3/4” – Right Side Center Posts
  • 1 – 2x2 at 18-3/4” – Front Center Post
  • 2 – 2x2 at 48” – Side Roof Supports
  • 2 – 2x2 at 19-3/4” –Door Frame Top and Bottom
  • 2 – 2x2 at 18-1/2” – Door Frame Sides
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 18-1/2”x16-3/4” – Door Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 18-3/4”x20” – Left Side Mail Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 18-3/4”x20” – Left Side Bottom Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 18-3/4”x20” – Back Side Top Left Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 18-3/4”x20” – Back Side Bottom Left Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 18-3/4”x20-1/4” – Back Side Top Right Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 41-3/4”x2-1/2” – Back Side Top Roof Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 18-3/4”x20-1/4” – Right Side Bottom Left Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 18-3/4”x20” – Right Side Bottom Right Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 41-3/4”x10-1/4” – Front Top Roof Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 18-3/4”x20-1/4” – Front Bottom Left Panel
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 18-3/4”x20” – Front Bottom Right Panel
  • 1 – 1/4” plywood at 18-1/2”x20” – Front Sliding Panel
  • 4 – 1x2 at 41-3/4”– Sliding Panel Guides
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at 51-1/2”x50-3/4” – Top (use scraps from the 4x8 plywood sheets to create the top) OR get creative and use corrugated panels, strung twinkle lights, etc!
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 Front Side Posts, Front Side Roof Support, Front Side Top Plate, Front Side Center Rail, and Front Side Bottom Plate. Cut the Top of the Front Side Posts as shown in the blowup detail – measure 1/4” down on the backside of the pieces and mark it. Cut the angle as shown.  Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the Roof Support, Top Plate, Center Rail, and Bottom Plate. Make sure the pocket holes face toward the floor of the Playhouse. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Additionally, make sure that the Roof Support does not extend above the cut angle of the Front Side Posts when assembled.

 

Front Framing for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Back Side Posts, Back Side Roof Support, Back Side Top Plate, Back Side Center Rail, and Back Side Bottom Plate. Cut the Top of the Back Side Posts as shown in the blowup detail – measure 1/4” down on the backside of the piece and mark it. Cut the angle as shown.  Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Roof Support, Top Plate, Center Rail, and Bottom Plate. Make sure the pocket holes face toward the floor of the Playhouse. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Additionally, make sure that the Roof Support does not extend above the cut angle of the Back Side Posts.

Back Framing for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 3

Cut the piece for the Right Side Top Plate, Right Side Center Rail, and Right Side Bottom Plate. Drill pocket holes in each end of these pieces. Attach as shown to both the Front Side and the Back Side with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face toward the floor of the Playhouse.

Right Framing for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Left Side Top Plate, Left Side Center Rail, Left Side Bottom Plate, and Left Side Door Frame. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Top Plate, Center Rail, and Bottom Plate. Attach as shown to both the Front Frame and the Back Frame with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face toward the floor of the Playhouse.

Left Framing for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Back Side Center Posts. Drill pocket holes in the ends of these pieces and attach as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of Playhouse.

Back Center Posts for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Right Side Center Posts. Drill pocket holes in the ends of these pieces and attach as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of Playhouse.

Right Center Posts for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the Front Center Post. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Post and attach as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of Playhouse.

Front Center Posts for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 8

Cut the rough pieces for the Side Roof Supports, approximately 48” in length. Clamp the pieces to the Front and Back Posts so that the Supports follow the angle of the Posts and overhang on each end. Draw a line along the interior side of the Posts with your pencil – this will be the angle that you will need to cut. After cutting the marked angles, drill pocket holes in the ends of these pieces and attach as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face toward the floor of the Playhouse.

Top Slant Piece Detail for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Top Slant Pieces for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 9

Cut the pieces for the Top and Bottom Door Frame, Side Door Frames, and Door Panel. Drill pocket holes in the ends of the Side Door Frames and attach as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of Playhouse. Set the Kreg jig for 1/2” material and drill pocket holes in all sides of the Door Panel. Again, make sure the pocket holes face the inside of the Playhouse. Center the Door Panel within the Door Frame that was just assembled and attach with glue and 2” pocket screws. The Door Panel should be set back 1/2” from the front and the back of the Door Frame. Attach the hinges to the Door Frame and Post as shown so that there is a constant 1/4” gap on all sides of the door. Attach a knob if desired.

Side Door for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 10

Cut the pieces for the Left Side Mail Panel and Left Side Bottom Panel.  Drill pilot holes in each corner of the mail slot. Then, cut out the mail slot as shown with a jigsaw. Drill pocket holes on all the sides of each Panel (the Kreg jig should still be set for 1/2” material). Attach as shown with glue and 2” pocket screws. The Panels should be centered in their surrounding 2x2 “frames.” Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of Playhouse.

Side Boxes for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 11

Cut the pieces for the Back Side Top Roof Panel, Back Side Top Left Panel, Back Side Top Right Panel, and Back Side Bottom Left Panel. Drill pocket holes on all the sides of the Panels (the Kreg jig should still be set for 1/2” material). If desired, paint the Top Right and Bottom Left Panels with chalkboard paint. Attach as shown with glue and 2” pocket screws. The Panels should be centered in their surrounding 2x2 “frames.” Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of Playhouse.

Back Side Boxes for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 12

Cut the pieces for the Right Side Bottom Left Panel and Right Side Bottom Right Panel.  Drill pocket holes on all the sides of the Panels (the Kreg jig should still be set for 1/2” material). Attach as shown with glue and 2” pocket screws. The Panels should be centered in their surrounding 2x2 “frames.” Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of Playhouse.

Step 13

Cut the pieces for the Front Top Roof Panel and Front Bottom Left and Right Panels. Drill pocket holes on all the sides of the Panels (the Kreg jig should still be set for 1/2” material). If desired, paint the Top Roof Panel with chalkboard paint. Attach as shown with glue and 2” pocket screws. The Panels should be centered in their surrounding 2x2 “frames.” Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of Playhouse.

Front Boxes for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 14
  • Cut the piece for the Front Sliding Panel. Drill 1” holes as shown on each side of the Panel. If desired, paint the Sliding Panel with chalkboard paint.
  • Cut the pieces for the Sliding Panels Guides. Set the Kreg jig for 1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each ends of the guides. Place the Sliding Panel between the front and back guides on both the top and bottom. Install as shown with glue and 1-1/2” pocket screws. The pocket holes on the guides should face the inside of the Playhouse.
  • There should be a 1/2” space between the guides when installed. 

 

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Sliding Rails for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Sliding Rail Detail for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Bungalow Playhouse
Step 15

Cut the pieces for the Top. There will be approximately a 3” overhang on all sides. Attach to the Playhouse Frame with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

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Finishing Instructions

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

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 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. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Oct
28
2014
The Design Confidential Real Reader Showcase // The Pursuit of Handyness Campaign Dresser

I chose to build a Campaign Style Dresser for the hubs side of the bed. For my side of the bed, you might remember that I built the Parquetry Dresser that can be seen as a Builders Showcase here.

Finished Cut and Sanded Plywood and Boards for The Design Confidential Real Reader Showcase // The Pursuit of Handyness Campaign Dresser
To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
Estimated Cost 

$160

Modifications 

I chose to replace the top drawer with an open shelf and modified the dimensions to suit my space.

Finishing Technique 

American Walnut Stain and Polyurethane

Modified Top Drawer to be a Shelf for The Design Confidential Real Reader Showcase // The Pursuit of Handyness Campaign Dresser
Profile View of Finished Campaign Dresser for The Design Confidential Real Reader Showcase // The Pursuit of Handyness Campaign Dresser
Oct
20
2014
Project Details

By special reader request, this media console is so very handsome and wants to live in your home... So go forth and build this beautiful baby and make your home that much more stylish! 

The Deets

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
$150-$250
Dimensions
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 7 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x19-1/4” – Cabinet Sides
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 19-1/4”x56” – Cabinet Top and Bottom
  • 4 – 2x4 at 6” – Legs
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-1/2”x56” – Cabinet Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-1/2”x18” – Center Divider
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x37-1/4” – Left Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x18” – Right Shelf
  • 6 – 1x2 at 16” – Door Tops and Bottoms
  • 6 – 1x2 at 18” – Door Sides
  • 27 – 1x2 at 15” – Door Slats
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Sides, Top, and Bottom. Apply edge banding to front edges of all pieces, if desired. Set the Kreg Jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the Top and Bottom pieces. Make sure the pocket holes will face the inside of the Console. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Legs. You will need 4 of these exactly the same. This diagram shows you how to mark out the shape you need for the Console Legs. Use your circular saw to cut this out. If you simply connect the dots between the dimensions outlined below and use a circular saw to make these cuts, you won't have to worry about the actual angle for each corner.

Attach Legs to the bottom of the Console as shown with glue and 1-3/4” wood screws. The Legs should be placed 3/4” from the Sides of the Console and flush with the front edge of the Console. Insert the wood screws down through the Console Bottom into the Legs so that the screws are hidden. Also, make sure that the screws are countersunk so that they do not interfere with items placed inside the Console.

Step 3

Cut the piece for the Back. Drill pocket holes in each edge of the Back. Attach the Back as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of the Console.

Step 4

Cut the piece for the Center Divider. Drill pocket holes in the top andbottom of the Divider. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocketscrews.

Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Shelves. Drill pocket holes in the ends of theshelves and assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.There will be an approximate 1/2” space in the back between the shelvesand the Console Back.

Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Door Tops, Bottoms, and Slats. Drill pocket holesin the ends of the Tops, Bottoms, and Slats. Attach as shown with glueand 1-1/4” pocket screws. There will be a 1/4” gap between each Slat.Repeat this for all three Doors. Remember to keep checking for “square”on each door – each door should measure the same diagonally in bothdirections.

Step 7

Attach hinges as shown at the top and bottom of the Doors and attach tothe Console. There will be a 1/4” space between each installed Door.Add Door hardware such as a pull or knob if desired. 

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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 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. // Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Oct
14
2014
DIY Ram's Horn Shelf and Skeleton Taxidermy Display // Easy Halloween Decor Project

Tis the season, as they say, and with this easy project you will add just the right amount of haunt to your Halloween decor, in a snap. To create your own Ram's Horn Display Shelf, only a few items and a few minutes of your time are needed. This project is seriously that easy... if you love the look of taxidermy or horns, then this could easily be a project you create any time of year, it really isn't specific to Halloween!

Spooky Display for The Design Confidential DIY Ram's Horn Shelf and Skeleton Taxidermy Display // Easy Halloween Decor Project

MATERIALS // Shelf

/ 1x6 at 6 feet. I used a dog eared cedar fence board like this because they are really inexpensive!

/ 2 - 1 1/2" Right Angle Brackets

1 1/4" Screws and Wall Anchors for Drywall

#6 3/8" Screws if using a fence board and #6 1/2" Screws if using a regular 1x6 board.

Gold Ram's Horns

Sandpaper

Finishing Supplies if you plan to paint or stain your shelf. I left mine natural.

INSTRUCTIONS //

/ Cut your board down to size. Something around or under 3 feet in length is best. Sand according to your intended finish. If you plan to leave natural, sand rough edges and you will obviously need to sand quite a bit more if you plan to stain or paint your shelf. Attach your right angle brackets approximately 4 to 6 inches in from the outside edges of your board (the longer your board, the further in you will place your brackets). The hardware will attach to the bottom your board and hang downward. Mark your holes on the wall where you plan to fasten your shelf (since you attached the brackets to the board already, this will be a snap) and then put your wall anchors in place according to the instructions on the package. Set the screw holes on your bracket hardware over the top of your wall anchors (which should be fairly flush to the wall once in place) and using the screws provided with your anchors, fasten your shelf in place.

/ You are going to place a 2 1/2" drywall screw just to the outside of each of your brackets and fairly close to the bottom of your board. You will not screw this in very far. It should protrude from your wall about 2 1/4" give or take.

/ Cut your horns apart (they likely have a clear cord that would sit around your head if you were using these properly - but we are not - so cut the cord my friends, or at least unsecure it. Holding your horns at the approximate location of your long screws, determine the angle you want them to sit and make a light mark on the top in this place to note the direction for our next step. Using an extra screw, create a small hole in the flat part of the horn that is fairly near the top edge, just below where you made your mark. You are going to use this hole to help you slide the horn over the top of your screw. It will rest on the screw and sit under your board, appearing as though it is the bracket for your shelf. ** You can use a bit of mounting tape or duck tape to stick your horn in place over your brackets so they will hide the hardware and also so they are not loose. You want them to sit nice and tight, right up against your board. 

That is it, you are finished! Place something light weight to display on your shelf!

Antler Display for The Design Confidential DIY Ram's Horn Shelf and Skeleton Taxidermy Display // Easy Halloween Decor Project

To mount my antler inside the frame, I simply used removable mounting putty on each point where it touches the wall. This baby is pretty secure over here, but if you expect small children to be in the vicinity (especially below a sharp pointy antler), perhaps you should secure using nylon finishing line and wrap around the hardware used to hang your frame.

DECOR SOURCES // Halloween Cat / Halloween Crow / Golden Horns

VINTAGE + OTHER ITEMS // Frame is Vintage / Table - Zinc Garden Table from Crate & Barrel - Similar Table Here and Exact Table For Sale By Owner Here / Stacking Candelabra - PotteryBarn - Similar Found Here and Here / Antlers found on eBay - Similar Here and Here / Gold + White Antler Wall Sculpture - Target Threshold Brand - this would work beautifully as well.

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