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May
27
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
Project Details

It's official... you need an outdoor living space for the summer months ahead, so go for it and build a super stylish sofa and solve your seating woes in just a few hours... I promise you will be so happy you did and so will I when you share your success with all of us in a showcase post.

// The cushion option here that will work best is the Threshold Outdoor Deep Seating Cushion which retails for $29 and five or six 18" toss pillows for the back. 

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.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

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-$125
Dimensions
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
Tools
Lumber
  • 9 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 1x4 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x4 at 26” – End Tops
  • 4 – 2x4 at 19” – End Bottoms and End Middles
  • 4 – 2x4 at 21” – End Backs and End Fronts
  • 5 – 2x4 at 88” – Front Bottom, Back Bottom, and Back Slats
  • 1 – 2x4 (ripped down to 2-3/4”) at 88” – Seat Support
  • 1 – 2x4 at 6” – Seat Support Leg
  • 10 – 1x4 at 23” – Seat 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 End Fronts, End Backs, End Tops, End Bottoms, and End Middles. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the End Middles and End Bottoms and in the top ends of the End Fronts and End Backs. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Repeat this step twice - making the Ends mirror each other with pocket holes facing the inside - once for each end of the Sofa.  

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Back Bottom and the Front Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Back Bottom and the Front Bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Back Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Back Slats. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
Step 4

Cut the piece for the Seat Support and the Seat Support Leg. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Seat Support and in the top end of the Seat Support Leg. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
Step 5

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

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
Finishing Instructions

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

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

May
22
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand
Project Details

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! The sleek design is perfect to display your potted house plants or garden beauties... and so easy and inexpensive that you could build several in a single afternoon. Play around with paint colors and plant stand heights on this build - you've got the time!  

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.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand

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-$25
Dimensions
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 1x2 at 8’  (you will only need approximately 2’ total)                               
  • 1 – 1” Wooden Dowel at 8’                                                          
  • 1 – 1/4” Wooden Dowel at 1’ (you will only need 6” total)    

       

Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 1x2 at 6-1/2” – Short Centers
  • 1 – 1x2 at 7-1/4” – Long Center
  • 3 – 1” diameter Wooden Dowel at 30” – Legs 
  • 6 – 1/4” diameter Wooden Dowel at 1” – Pins               
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 Short Centers and the Long Center. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes on the long sides of the Short Centers – these angled ends will attach to the Long Center. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Hole Screws. 

On the outer ends of the Short Centers and Long Center, drill two 1/4” diameter holes 1/2” deep as shown. Use a drill stop for a more precise drill depth. After drilling each hole, drop a dab of Wood Glue into each hole and insert a 1” long 1/4” diameter Pin into each hole.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Legs. Drill two 1/4” diameter holes 1/2” deep as shown. Use a drill stop for a more precise drill depth. 

 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand
Step 3

After drilling the holes into the Legs, drop a dab of Wood Glue into each hole. Attach the Short Centers and Long Center to the Legs as shown by inserting the Pins, already glued into the Centers, into the holes in the Legs. Wood putty or caulk can be applied to the small gap on each side of the 1x2s that attach to the Leg if a smoother looking joint is desired. 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand
Finishing Instructions

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

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

May
19
2015
The Design Confidential's Entertaining In Style Top 8 Most Popular DIY Outdoor Dining Tables

Entertain in Style this year with the perfect outdoor dining table... Save yourself hundreds and build that gorgeous new table, and while you are at it, make it custom to suit your personal backyard entertaining needs and wants. To make your decision easier on you, I have rounded up our reader faves and the Top 8 Most Popular Outdoor Dining Tables.

Browse through our hundreds of reader showcase projects to see some of the awesome design choices our amazing community of builders have made and how they are making their own entertaining dreams come true.

Design 
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May
14
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Project Details

Part bunk bed, part play house and if made and finished with the right materials this awesome piece of furniture could be both indoor and outdoor compatible (water seal and all that jazz). If you have been with us here at TDC for any period of time, you probably already know by now that this is my favorite type of build. Multi-functional and the stuff that dreams are made of... Ah, to be a kid again...

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.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk 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
$250-$300
Dimensions
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 3 – 2x6 at 8’            
  • 14 – 2x4 at 8’          
  • 1 – 2x2 at 8’  
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 5 – 1x3 at 8’
  • 5 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’       
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x4 at 58” – Posts                               
  • 2 – 2x4 at 72” – Side Tops                       
  • 2 – 2x4 at 72” – Side Rails                       
  • 2 – 2x4 at 72” – Side Bottoms                 
  • 2 – 2x4 at 19” – Side Short Studs           
  • 2 – 2x6 at 76” – Side Bed Rails              
  • 2 – 1x4 at 76” – Cleats                              
  • 2 – 2x4 at 53” – Side Long Studs                      
  • 2 – 2x4 at 21-1/2” – Rungs
  • 2 – 2x4 at 43” – End Rails                                  
  • 2 – 2x6 at 43” – End Bed Rails                          
  • 2 – 2x4 at 30-1/2” – End Studs              
  • 2 – 2x4 at 43” – End Bottoms                
  • 1 – 2x2 at 79” – Roof Ridge                    
  • 8 – 2x4 at 31” – Rafters                            
  • 12 – 1x3 at 40” – Slats                              
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 27-1/16”x80-1/2” – Upper Back Wall
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 4-1/4”x31-3/4” – Back Wall Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 1-1/4”x72” – Back Wall Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 10-13/16”x80-1/2” – Upper Front Wall
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 48”x80-1/2” – Lower Front Wall
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 46”x80-3/4” – Head Wall
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 1-1/4”x17-1/2” – Door Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 1-3/4”x32-1/2” – Foot Wall Tops
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 2-1/2”x9-3/4” – Foot Wall Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 46”x48” – Foot Wall Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 33-1/4”x80-1/2” – Back Roof
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4-1/4”x33-1/4” – Small Front Roof
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 55-1/4”x33-1/4” – Large Front Roof

 

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

For the Back Wall, cut the pieces for the Posts, Side Top, Side Rail, Side Bottom, and Side Short Studs. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Side Top, Side Rail, Side Bottom, and Side Short Studs. Make sure that the pocket holes drilled into the Side Bottom are within the area that will make contact with the Posts. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Hole Screws.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Side Bed Rail and Cleat. Attach the Cleat to the bottom edge of the Side Bed Rail using 2” Wood Screws. Clamp the Rail/Cleat “set” into place as shown, leaving a 1-1/2” space on each end for the End Rails. The Side Bed Rail, Cleat, and bottom of the Side Rail should be flush with one another. After making sure that everything is completely square and aligned, use a 7/16” Drill Bit to drill through the Side Bed Rail, Cleat, and Post. You should have two holes on each end for the Bolts. Fasten with Carriage Bolts and tighten. 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 3

For the Front Wall, cut the pieces for the Posts, Side Top, Side Bottom, Rungs, and Side Long Studs. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Side Top, Side Bottom, Rungs, and Side Long Studs. Make sure that the pocket holes drilled into the Side Bottom are within the area that will make contact with the Posts. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Hole Screws.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Side Bed Rail and Cleat. Attach the Cleat to the bottom edge of the Side Bed Rail using 2” Wood Screws. Clamp the Rail/Cleat “set” into place as shown, leaving a 1-1/2” space on each end for the End Rails. The Side Bed Rail, Cleat, and bottom of the Side Rail should be flush with one another. After making sure that everything is completely square and aligned, use a 7/16” Drill Bit to drill through the Side Bed Rail, Cleat, and Post. You should have two holes on each end for the Bolts. Fasten with Carriage Bolts and tighten.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 5

For the Head Wall, cut the pieces for the End Rail, End Bed Rail, End Bottom, and End Stud. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the End Rail, End Bed Rail, End Stud, and End Bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Hole Screws. 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 6

For the Foot Wall, cut the pieces for the End Rail, End Bed Rail, End Bottom, and End Stud. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the End Rail, End Bed Rail, End Stud, and End Bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Hole Screws. 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the Slats. The Slats will be spaced approximately 4” apart. Attach to the Cleats on each end using 1-1/4” countersunk screws. 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the Rafters and Roof Ridge. Cut the bottom ends of the Rafters at a 45-degree angle as noted. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Rafters. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Hole Screws. 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 9

Cut the pieces for the Back Wall. If preferred, you can cut the Back Wall out of a solid piece of 3/4” plywood. However, this image shows the Back Wall made of several different pieces – time to use those scrap pieces of 3/4” plywood! Cut the top of the Upper Back Wall at a 45-degree angle. Attach to the back of the Bed Frame with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. The Back Wall should be attached to the Bed Frame 1/4” from the ground and have a 3/4” overhang on both sides.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 10

Cut the pieces for the Front Wall. The Front Wall will be cut in two sections – an Upper and a Lower section since plywood comes in a 48” width. Cut the top of the Upper Front Wall at a 45 degree angle. Make the ladder cut-outs with a drill and jigsaw. For these interior cuts, start at the inside corner of the cut-out and drill a hole slightly larger than the blade of the jigsaw. Insert your jigsaw blade and make your cut. 

When the wall is attached to the Bed Frame, the cut-outs should line up just above a 2x4 for extra support. Attach to the front of the Bed Frame with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. The Front Wall should be attached to the Bed Frame 1/4” from the ground and have a 3/4” overhang on both sides.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 11

Cut the pieces for the Head Wall. Attach to the head of the Bed Frame with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 12

Cut the pieces for the Foot Wall. Attach to the foot of the Bed Frame with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws.

Make the window cut-outs with a drill and jigsaw. For these interior cuts, start at the inside corner of the cut-out and drill a hole slightly larger than the blade of the jigsaw. Insert your jigsaw blade and make your cut.  

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
Step 13

Cut the pieces for the Roof. Each end of the Roof pieces should be cut at a 45-degree angle. Attach to the Rafters and Ridge of the Bed Frame with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws.

That’s it! Experiment with painting the inside of the Bunk Bed a different color than the outside. You can also play around with installing puck or rope lighting… the possibilities are truly endless with this Bunk Bed!

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans for How to Build a Modern Lake House Bunk Bed
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

May
05
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Project Details

A fabulous bench for the end of the bed, your entryway or even in the backyard for a little enjoyment of the great outdoors... Did I mention easy to build? This will be a bit like a puzzle and fun to piece together!

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.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench

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-$100
Dimensions
Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 2x3 at 8’
  • 1 – 2x2 at 8’  
  • 6 – 1x2 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x3 at 16-3/4” – Legs 
  • 2 – 2x3 at 16” – Bottoms              
  • 2 – 2x2 at 46” – Tops        
  • 4 – 1x2 at 3-7/8” – Ends   
  • 27 – 1x2 at 16” – Slats      
  • 52 – 1x2 at 3/4” – Spacers
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. On the top edge, measure 1/4” and make a mark. From this point, mark and cut a 45-degree angle. Make a 45-degree angle cut (perpendicular to the 45-degree angle on the top of the Leg) on the bottom of the Leg. 

Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Cutter Picnic Bench
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Bottoms. Cut each end at a 45-degree angle as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Bottoms (on the longest side of the Bottom, which will face downward when assembled). Attach the Bottoms to the Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

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Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Tops. Cut each end at a 45-degree angle as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Tops (on the longest side of the Top, which will face upward when assembled). Attach the Tops to the Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.

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Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Ends. Cut only one end of each End piece at a 45-degree angle as shown. Attach the Ends to the Tops as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. See how the Ends hide those pocket holes? Nifty, huh?

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Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Slats and Spacers. Place the first Slat next to the End pieces, flush on each end with the Tops. Secure the Slat to the Ends with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails, countersunk (brads will be nailed through the side of the Slat into the Ends). Next, position Spacers next to the Slat, one on each Top. Secure the Spacers to the Tops with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Repeat this step until the last Slat has been positioned on the other end, next to the End pieces. The best way to finish this piece is to have the Slats one color and the rest of the pieces another color – this will give the really cool effect of the Slats “cutting” into the Bench. 

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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

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

Apr
28
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Project Details

So in all of my genius glory it appears that I posted the armless unit for this fab reef sectional sofa, and then forgot to draft plans for the corner unit. Yahoo. Well today we rectify that crazy and we give you... wait for it... the corner unit! I bet you weren't going to guess that, eh? What say you? Do you prefer your sectional sofas with all working parts and plans? Thought you might...

To view the other plan for this pair and to build an actual sectional sofa, you will want to visit the plan for the Reef Armless Unit and the cushion options here that will work best are the Threshold Outdoor Deep Seating Cushion which retails for $29 and two or three 18" toss pillows for the back. Alternatively you might also use a cushion like this for the seat which retails for $19 and would help cut cost in a large quantity but it is decidedly less boxy than the other for sure, so this is a style and budgetary choice that can be made and it is yours to make my friends!

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 or @thedesconf on twitter so I am sure to see it!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair

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-$100
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 4 – 2x4 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 5 – 2x4 at 27-1/4” – Back Legs and Corner Back Leg
  • 2 – 2x4 at 28-1/4” – Sides            
  • 1 – 2x4 at 12-1/2” – Front Leg     
  • 2 – 2x4 at 33-1/4” – Tops             
  • 1 – 2x4 at 26-1/4” – Front Apron
  • 1 – 2x4 at 20-1/2” – Seat Support
  • 1 – 2x4 at 6-1/4” – Seat Support Extension
  • 1 – 2x4 at 20-1/2” (ripped down to 2-3/4” wide) – Center Seat Support    
  • 3 – 1x4 at 20-1/2” – Seat Slats
  • 6 – 1x4 at 16-3/4” – Back 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 two of the Back Legs, the Front Leg, and Sides. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the Sides and in the tops of the Back Legs. For one side of the chair, assemble the Back Leg, Front Leg, and Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  For the other side of the chair, assemble the Back Leg and Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the two Tops, the Corner Back Leg, the remaining two Back Legs, and the Front Apron. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front Apron and in the top end of the Corner Back Leg. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. 

With the Kreg jig still set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the two remaining Back Legs. Assemble the other Top to the two remaining Back Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. 

Assemble the pieces as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  Attach the second Top to the Corner Back Leg with 2-1/2” wood screws, if needed (depending on where you drilled the pocket holes on the Corner Back Leg, you may need additional reinforcement).  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Center Seat Support, the Seat Support, and the Seat Support Extension. The Center Support will be a 2x4 ripped down to 2-3/4” wide and will be located 3/4” down from the top of the Sides to allow for the Seat Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Center Seat Support, Seat Support, and Seat Support Extension. Assemble as shown with glue and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Seat Slats. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the Seat Slats. Attach the Seat Slats to the Seat Support and Front Apron with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Secure the Seat Slats to the Center Seat Support with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Back Slats. The angles may be a little tricky but they should be cut at approximately 25 degrees. (see drawing). Once the angles are cut, set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in both ends of each Back Slat. Attach to the Seat Support and Top with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Finishing Instructions

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

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

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