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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!

Dec
07
2015
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Project Details

Weeee... I am a little late this year with our Handmade Holiday series of gifts, though I knocked out a few good hostess and adult gifts already - so, not all bad I guess. I will try to pump these out quickly in the midst of life, and birthdays... lots and lots of birthdays. Eek. And of course the holidays... which is precisely what you will want these for, no? Luckily this and the other pieces in this Chelsey Play Kitchen collection are easy builds! Seriously, like knock them out in an afternoon or so - easy. So let's get right to it!

Plans for the Chelsey Play Kitchen Refrigerator

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven

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

Dimensions
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Tools
Lumber

1 - 1x3 at 8'

2 sheets of 1/2" plywood or mdf

Materials
Cut List

4 - 1x3 at 17" - Kick Plate and Supports

2 - 1/2" Plywood or Mdf at 22 1/2" x 14 1/2" - Side Panels

1 - 1/2" Plywood or Mdf at 17" x 14 1/2" - Bottom

1 - 1/2" Plywood or Mdf at 17" x 14" - Shelf

1 - 1/2" Plywood or Mdf at 17" x 4" - Range Board

1 - 1/2" Plywood or Mdf at 16 3/4" x 15 1/4" - Door

1 - 1/2" Plywood or Mdf at 18" x 14 1/2" - Top

1 - 1/2" Plywood or Mdf at 18" x 26" - Back

Instructions

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

Step 1

Cut your side panels to size and using a jig saw or circular saw (or plunge router or table saw) notch out a small rectangle in the lower corner of your panel. You will need two of these and they should mirror eachother. If your plywood or mdf has a face side to it, you will want to pay attention to that so that you have the corner notched out of what will be the front facing section of your side panel.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Step 2

Attach your kick plate and upper front support using your Kreg Jig set for 1/2" material and your 1" pocket hole screws and glue. Place your pocket holes on the inside so they aren't seen, and set your kick plate to be flush with the front facing edge of your notch and will sit inside of your side panels. The upper support will sit 1/2" back from the front edge.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Step 3

Attach your back supports using your Kreg Jig set for 1/2" material and your 1" pocket hole screws and glue. Both supports will sit flush with the back edge of the side panels. You can place your pocket holes on the backside facing outward since they will be covered in a later step.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Step 4

Fasten your bottom in place using your nail gun and 1 1/4" brad nails or your countersink bit with 1 1/4" wood screws and glue.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Step 5

Cut your shelf to size and place pocket holes along the bottom of it. Use your Kreg Jig set for 1/2" material and your 1" pocket hole screws and glue to attach approximately 10 1/2" from the top edge of your side panels. This is a bit subjective so you can place this shelf anywhere it makes sense to you as long as it sits 1/2" back from the front edge of your side panels.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Step 6

Fasten the range board in place using your nail gun and 1" brad nails and glue. You can use 1" wood screws and your countersink bit or simply glue this in place if neither of the previous options work for you. This will sit flush with the top edge of your side panels.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Step 7

Cut your oven door to size and cut out the center opening. If you would like to attach acrylic to the inside of this, a thin panel that is slightly larger than the opening should work just fine and can be screwed in place using small picture frame screws or something no longer than 1/2". Hang your oven door as you would a cabinet door with your hinges along one side (right or left) and follow manufacturer instructions to do this. You should leave 1/8" all the way around for easy opening and closing.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Step 8

Fasten the top in place using 1 1/4" brad nails and glue or 1 1/4" screws if necessary. The top will sit flush on all 4 sides.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Step 9

Attach the back using 1 1/4" brad nails or 1 1/4" wood screws and glue.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Chelsey Play Kitchen Stove + Oven
Step 10

Now for the pretty stuff! Finish as desired and attach your burner knobs, grates and add your drawer pull and voila! donzo!

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

Nov
06
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 90 Inch Big Sur Table
Project Details

By special reader request... the 90 inch table! Of course if the 65 Inch is more your speed - plans for that are here.

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!

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

Estimated Cost
$100-$150
Tools
Lumber
  • 3 - 2x12 at 8'
  • 5 - 1x3 at 8'
  • 2 - 6x6 at 6'
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 - 6x6 at 30" (Legs)
  • 2 - 1x3 at 23 3/4" (Side Aprons)
  • 6 - 1x3 at 30 1/4" (Table Supports)
  • 2 - 1x3 at 79 1/2" (Front/Back Aprons)
  • 3 - 2x12 at 90 " (Table Tops)
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

Attach the Side Aprons to the Legs. These will be fastened 1 1/2" from the top of the leg and will sit back 1" from the outside edge of your legs. Use your Kreg Jig set for 3/4" material and your 1 1/4" pocket hole screws with glue.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 90 Inch Big Sur Table
Step 2

Build the Frame // set your Kreg Jig for 3/4" material and create your pocket holes. Use 1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws and Wood Glue to fasten together.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 90 Inch Big Sur Table
Step 3

Attach the Frame to the Legs // Use 3" Screws and Wood Glue. Frame will sit 1 1/2" from the top edge of the legs and will be centered front to back with a setback of 1" from front edge of legs as well as on the backside.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 90 Inch Big Sur Table
Step 4

Cut 3 boards to length for the top of your table. Remove a 3 1/2" square from 2 of the corners for 2 of your boards. Use a jig saw, circular saw or router for this. Then attach your table top boards to the frame and aprons using 2" finish nails and glue.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 90 Inch Big Sur Table
Finishing Instructions

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

Disclaimer

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

Oct
07
2015
You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Project Details

I love a good chest of drawers, and when those drawers are stylish... well that is simply my fave! We have so many DIY Dresser Plans for you to choose from and of course you can browse our entire Plan Index for coordinating pieces!

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! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers

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

Estimated Cost
$100-$150
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x8’
  • 1 – 1/2” plywood at – 4’x8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 14-1/2”x33” – Chest Sides
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 14-1/2”x26” – Chest Top and Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 26”x31-1/2” – Chest Back
  • 4 – 2x4 at 5” – Legs
  • 10 – 3/4” plywood at 1”x12” – Drawer Guides
  • 6 – 1/2” plywood at 11-1/2”x24-1/2” – Drawer Bottoms
  • 12 – 1/2” plywood at 4”x11-1/2” – Drawer Sides
  • 6 – 1/2” plywood at 3-1/2”x24-1/2” – Drawer Backs
  • 6 – 1/2” plywood at 5”x25-1/2” – Plain Drawer Fronts
  • 6 – 1/2” plywood at 5”x25-1/2” – Bowtie Drawer Fronts
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 Chest. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 2

Cut the piece for the Back. Drill pocket screws 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 Chest.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 3

Cut out the Legs as shown.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 4

Attach Legs to the bottom of the Chest as shown with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws. The Legs should be placed 2” from the edges of the Chest and at a 45-degree angle. Insert the wood screws down through the Chest 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 the Drawer.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Drawer Guides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. Insert the wood screws from the inside of the Chest, through the Drawer Guides, into the Chest Sides so that the screws are hidden. The Guides will be 1-1/2” set back from the front of the Chest, and have approximately a 1/4” gap in the back.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Drawer Sides, Bottoms, Backs, and Plain Fronts for all Drawers. Set the Kreg jig for 1/2” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the underside of the Bottoms and on the outside front ends of the Sides. Attach as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 7

Drill pocket holes in the sides and bottoms of the Drawer Backs. Attach as shown with glue and 1” pocket hole screws.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 8

For Drawers 1 through 5, attach the Plain Fronts as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws. The top of the Plain Fronts for Drawers 1 through 5 will extend 3/4” above the Sides.  The bottoms of the Plain Fronts will extend 1/4” below the Sides.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 9

Next, cut out the Bowtie Fronts for Drawers 1 through 6 as shown. Attach to the Plain Fronts of Drawers 1 through 5 with glue and 3/4” brad nails. The Bowtie Fronts will line up exactly with the Plain Fronts.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 10

For Drawer 6, attach the Plain Front as shown with glue and 1” pocket hole screws. The bottom of the Plain Front will be even with the Sides, and the top of the Plain Front will extend 1” above the Sides.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Step 11

Attach the Bowtie Front as shown with glue and 3/4” brad nails.

You Can Build This! Free DIY furniture Plans // How to Build a Vodder Chest of Drawers
Finishing Instructions

Tip: Paint the fronts and tops of the Plain Drawer Fronts in a darker color to add a really cool effect to this piece.

After sanding, staining, and sealing, you may want to apply a coat of paste wax to the bottoms of the Drawers and tops of the Drawer Guides to help them slide smoothly. Add drawer hardware such as a pull or knob if desired.

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

If painting, I like to sand the entire piece with 100 grit, then 220 grit, prime with any latex primer, sand again with 220 grit, and paint. Sanding the primer gives an extra-smooth finish! Finish with water-based polyurethane for added durability.

If staining, sand the entire piece with 60 grit, then 100 grit, and then 220 grit. Stain as desired. For the finish, use wipe-on poly or brush-on poly.

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

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

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Jul
20
2015
The Design Confidential DIY // Easy Live Edge Shelves + Finishing Technique

I'm excited to share this project with you guys today - and not because it is the first of it's kind - by any means... because it most definitely isn't. Nay, it's because this method for making any sort of project like this is so easy it's stupid. Stupid good - and for you folks who like to play with the big boy tools, this is definitely worth sharing. So I dedicate this fine finishing technique and project to my gal pal Kristin and hereby deem her as the creator of this method and an all around sweetheart too! So yahoo...

If you follow blogs or hang on Pinterest (duh, that would pretty much be all of us), you may have seen a couple of these amaze projects roll through your feed (this one and this one). Her latest version of this organic finishing touch was featured on Domino and is a big focal point in such a fabulous space. Teenage boy, shmeenage boy... let me in there!

So good, right? When it came time to create some surface space in the photography studio (you can see the design plan for that space here) and a few shelves in my home office, I knew this was the perfect thing and would balance out the stark industrial feel of the other elements in both spaces. No space is complete without a healthy dose of texture and a bit of something organic feeling, to breath a bit of life into it.

The Design Confidential DIY // Easy Live Edge Shelves + Finishing Technique

You can see this technique in play in the image above and it provides an added level of interest where function is necessary and I love when that happens! So let's get this show on the road so you can see exactly how easy this is, along with a few extra tips and tricks for doing this successfully!

MATERIALS //

  • Wood - 1x12 or any dimensional lumber you prefer, I used Poplar (my fave) - Something with a gorgeous grain pattern will work best and if you can use a real board rather than joined boards or plywood you will have greater success in making this look realistic.
  • Jig Saw
  • Sander
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies - I recommend a Paste Wax to leave things natural and protect
  • Brackets - if making a shelf - The smaller sizes in 6"x8" or 5"x6" are more ideal if you plan to get creative with your curve.
The Design Confidential DIY // Easy Live Edge Shelves + Finishing Technique

There are essentially only 3 components involved in creating a live edge finish - so simple! You will basically be creating the shape, cutting the curve, and sanding it smooth and you are done. Rather than reiterating Kristin's instructions, I am going to give you some helpful tips below for each of these steps.

CREATING THE SHAPE //

You will start by sketching out the shape of your live edge. If your wood is amazing, you can choose a grain line and go with it. However, if you want to give it more interest than it happens to have, you can create your own grain line like I did above, and I promise as long as you keep your cool, it won't look odd. Just be sure to give your line a realistic curve throughout and keep things irregular. Too much same, same is not so good, good and it will end up looking contrived.

The Design Confidential DIY // Easy Live Edge Shelves + Finishing Technique

Finishing off the edges is just as important as the straightaway portion of your live edge. If you continue with your curves right up until the edge, and then stop, it will look less realistic. Once you know the length your board should be for your project, find a clever and interesting way to finish it off on the ends. I would suggest an asymmetrical shape that curves in more on one side than the other so it mimics real wood that is drifted and has been out in the ocean or the elements for some time just as the real deal might be found in nature.

The Design Confidential DIY // Easy Live Edge Shelves + Finishing Technique

Don't be afraid to get creative. Maybe an extreme indentation or curve won't work for your particular project... so consider a cutaway section and channel your inner whale watcher (doesn't this portion above look like a whale's mouth!).

The Design Confidential DIY // Easy Live Edge Shelves + Finishing Technique

CUTTING THE CURVE //

Once you have your perfect shape with asymmetry and perhaps a cutaway or two, you are going to whip out your jig saw and start cutting.

** It will save you so much time if you have a jig saw with an adjustable cutting angle blade like this one (my fave and really inexpensive) then you can alternate your cutting angle throughout so that some of your curves cut and angle inward and some of your curves angle out like you see above.

The Design Confidential DIY // Easy Live Edge Shelves + Finishing Technique

SANDING IT SMOOTH //

After your edge is live and your project looks amazing, you need to sand those edges smooth to finish it off and complete the look. Since you used a jig saw and altered your cutting angle throughout, you can get away with using a finish sander or any sander that you already have to smooth out your curves and create a rounded look for your edges. This should be a relatively quick process, unlike much of the sanding we have to do when we work with wood and is easiest to do if you start with a medium grit paper of around 100-150 and then you can follow that up with something closer to 220 and above to refine things.

Just as you did with your jig saw, be sure to angle your sander as you go along to get that weathered realistic look you are going for! For tricky spaces and tight corners it helps to fold a small piece of your sandpaper in half with the grit facing outward, then run it through your tight space by hand. It will sand both sides of a tight angle for you and truly smooth and finish every portion of your live edge.

That is it, so super simple and totally gorgeous. Leave it natural or give it a nice paste wax protective finish and call this baby done!

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