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Jul
22
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Crate and Barrel Reef Sofas Chair and Fire Table

I modified the Design Confidential's plans to accomodate larger cushions and made a fire table to match. The plans are easy to follow and the Kreg jig made assembly a cinch.

Originally, I planned to use readily available Sunbrella cushions from Lowe's that were 25" square and around $90 for the sofas and chair. Unfortunately, they were back ordered so I found a guy on Etsy who custom manufactures cushions near me and only cost a bit more. Overall the dimensions of the sofas are 82" wide and 32" deep and 28" tall. I made the arms a bit taller as I am 6'5" and wanted the back cushions to have a little more support. The fire table is 50" by 30" with a 30" by 10" fire pan and burner inside. The burner and pan was purchased on Amazon and I isolated it from the cedar base by using metal L brackets and U-shaped aluminum channels over the L-brackets (U-side down). The burner pan sits on top of the U-channels which are a little over 30" apart and in the center of the table. The marble is calacatta gold but looks more like carrara. The fire glass is from allfireglass, a retailer on Ebay. The wood was finished with Sikkens Cetol CRD, which is a marine grade finish designed to keep the cedar looking like new without the typical gray-silver weathering that occurs after a couple years.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Crate and Barrel Reef Sofas Chair and Fire Table
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Crate and Barrel Reef Sofas Chair and Fire Table
Jul
06
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase PB Inspired Glasgow Bar Cart

We had been wanting a bar cart for a while, but didn't want to spend the money on a nice one. This was our first more complicated project. We had to adjust the plans a bit to fit in our in our teeny tiny rowhouse. Thank you for posting these plans!

Estimated Cost 

$200 (including wheels)

Length of Time 

This took us a few about two months working off and on.

Modifications 

We adjusted the dimensions because of how narrow our house is. We also didn't use a kreg jig, and used brackets and regular wood screws instead.

Additional Project Details 

The most difficult part of the project was finding drawers and wheels. Since we adjusted the size, the openings for our drawers were very nonstandard. We had to end up making our own out of hardware cloth. It was also hard to find reasonably priced wheels. We ended up using Singer sewing machine pulleys from Ebay.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase PB Inspired Glasgow Bar Cart
Jun
02
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand

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

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

Estimated Cost 

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

Length of Time 

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

Lumber Used 

Pine - pine beetle damaged for color

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

Redwood for framing.

Finishing Technique 

Oil based polyeurathane.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for the Copenhagen Media Stand
May
26
2015

My wife wanted to be able to have chairs on the ends so I extended the top by 14" over the frame.  We also wanted to be able to cover the gutter so we used $10 plastic planter boxes and I cut a 2x6 to drop into the gap.  There is a 2" hole towards the center to be able to pull the lids off.  We did the entire thing in cedar, then finished in linseed oil.  Since this will be out in the elements, we wanted to prolong its life.  :)

Estimated Cost 

$250 including lumber, planter boxes and weather resistant screws

Length of Time 

2 afternoons

Modifications 

Made out of cedar instead of fir

Extended the table top for additional seating

Change gutter to planter boxes

Lumber Used 

8 2x6s at 8'

8 2x4s at 8'

Finishing Technique 

Linseed oil

May
18
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Joe Serb's Equilateral Bench

This bench really caught me eye. I had to make it!

Followed the plans except for the slight modifications I did. Instead of using 2x2's for the frame I used 1x2 poplar. I just kept adding frame pieces until I reached my desired width. Thanks for the plans!

Length of Time 

4 hours

Modifications 

Instead of using 2x2's I used 1x2's and just kept adding sections until I reached my desired width.

Lumber Used 

Poplar.

Finishing Technique 

Outdoor UV block clear.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Joe Serb's Equilateral Bench
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Joe Serb's Equilateral Bench
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Joe Serb's Equilateral Bench
May
06
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Eunnyjang's Patio Rocker

I built this rocking chair pretty much as soon as the plans came out! It's still snowing here in Colorado but I'm making sure I'm super-prepared for summer.

I love the way this turned out, barring a couple glaring errors that hopefully won't be noticed once everything is sanded and painted. Thanks for the great plans—they were precise and error-free.

Estimated Cost 

$20 for hardware and paint—all the lumber was leftovers and scraps from other projects.

Length of Time 

An entire Saturday and Sunday morning, including two unnecessary hardware store trips because I kept buying hardware with weird threadings that didn't' work together!

Modifications 

I made a handful of modifications:

1 - I tweaked the rocker curve for a faster rock (more like a 39" or 40" radius) and to shape the edges a little more. I also made the rockers out of 2-by material instead, partially because that's what I had and also because I made my chair out of softwood—I felt like they needed to be a little beefier to be stable and wear well on a brick patio.

2 - My chair was a little prone to splaying out at the back of the rocking action—I think because of the wood—so I used a length of all-thread as a stretcher between the back legs. It works really well to keep the rockers perfectly parallel and makes the rocking much smoother and more stable.

3 - Replaced the two bolts at each joint with one because I wanted to counter-bore with a washer on the outside; the joints are additionally pinned with screws from the inside to prevent racking. The benefit to doing it this way is that I could dry-assemble the whole chair and adjust everything slightly to get things perfectly level and make the rocking super-smooth before adding glue and screws.

I also swapped out the slats for 2.5" wide strips to match better with some other patio furniture I have, and made the seat back lower for more of a low-slung look.

Lumber Used 

Construction Douglas fir that had been sitting in my shed for a couple of months.

Finishing Technique 

Unfinished thus far, but I'm planning to paint with acrylic enamel in a fun yellow. I'll probably eventually cut the bolts down, too; I counter-bored for them so they stick out a bit too far.

Additional Project Details 

I tried template/pattern routing for the first time on this project, and it worked out amazingly well. I made my rocker template on 1/2" MDF (which also gave me a good chance to lay out and tweak the curve before committing) and then used it to make two exactly identical rockers. I also used the router to trim excess off the side frames, using the rocker surface as the new "template". The finished edges are smooth, flush, and perfectly the same—something I could never have accomplished freehand with a jigsaw.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Eunnyjang's Patio Rocker
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Eunnyjang's Patio Rocker

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