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Mar
25
2015

When Josh sent over these pictures of his gorgeous build and most adorable little one, I knew you would all be over the moon for this showcase. Get ready for a serious baby fix along with an insanely clever fix for those pesky mending straps that seem to baffle the best of us! This might be an easier and better solution all the way around and I think we shall be updating the plans to reflect this modification! Hope you like, and thank you Josh for sending over this roundup of fabulous images of the babe and the build! Home run my friend.

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Mar
10
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Cameron Corner Entertainment Book Shelf

My son just got a TV for the playroom last year for Christmas. He is 7 yrs old. He loves using netflix and playing his Wii U games. I had everything sitting on plastic totes.

I wanted something better and never could find the right stand to go in there. I needed something to last, but looked nice being in the room. 

I cut out some mouse holes (What they look like to me) for the cables to go through. I decided not to paint the back panels becuase I liked the two tone look it gave.

You can't see them that well in the picture, but I drilled holes in the back panel. They are right under each shelf. I did that to help vent some the of the hot air that either gaming system puts out when running for a such a longer period of time. You dont even see them when your looking at the front of it.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Cameron Corner Entertainment Book Shelf
Estimated Cost 

$100-$120

Length of Time 

3 weeks 

Modifications 

I had to switch to the 1-1/4 pocket hole screws when attaching the legs to the side panels. The 2" screws were splitting my 2x2 legs. 

Lumber Used 

3/4 & 1/4 Oak Plywood

3 2x2 8' 

3 1x2 8' Spruce-Pine-Fir Furring Strip 

Finishing Technique 

Cabot 1-Quart Smoke Paprika Oil Modified Wood Stain (Satin)

 

 

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Cameron Corner Entertainment Book Shelf
Mar
06
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for Kevin's Adorable Little Builder and Her Gorgeous Loft Bed via @thedesconf

Thank you again so much for posting these plans.  Everything was straightforward and easy to follow.  My kid just loves it, and that I built it (with her help) makes it really special.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for Kevin's Adorable Little Builder and Her Gorgeous Loft Bed via @thedesconf
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The Design Confidential Builders Showcase for Kevin's Adorable Little Builder and Her Gorgeous Loft Bed via @thedesconf
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Feb
23
2015

I have a 4 year old and 2 year old. They share a bedroom and my wife and I were looking for a design to make a lofted bed for our 4 year old. I found the Low Loft Bed plans on here and went with it. I built it slightly higher than the plans say and went 5 feet high overall.

But with that, we were able to turn it into a bunk bed for my 2 year old by repeating the steps for the top bunk on the bottom one!  A little paint, and we were all set!

I had followed the plans for the low lofted bed and went to the local big box store and got everything I needed. I added some cheap rope lighting below to top bunk for reading while on the bottom bunk.

This was what I started with from using the low lofted bed plan.

Estimated Cost 

All in all, I had about $150 in this project including the materials for the top AND bottom bunk. The paint was a few dollars more, but we had some of it already. The price is to build the bed and doesn't include the mattress cost.

Length of Time 

It was about 2 weekend project of time total. I built it once, painted it, took it apart, moved it inside, and reassembled it.

Modifications 

I just made it slightly higher than the original plans called for and put a bottom bunk on it.

Lumber Used 

I followed the plans with 1x4, 2x4, 2x6, and 4x4 with some hardware.

Finishing Technique 

I used lots of paint to get good coverage and I sanded the cuts to round the edges over. 

Additional Project Details 

This bed is super sturdy and comfortable.  We had over 600 pounds of people laying the the bottom bunk and the think didn't even think of moving!

Feb
03
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Ashleys Pair of Reef Outdoor Loveseats

Dear Mother Nature, I know we need rain to help cure this ridiculous drought we are having here in California and because Mama needs to play in the water during those crazy hot days of summer, but I wouldn't be mad at you if you skipped right ahead on into spring and the gorgeous mild weather it brings before the heat sets in. Oh wait... I think you may have been one step ahead of me and you already got this covered. It is so beautiful here in the hills just outside of Sacramento, and that's a good thing, because this gorgeous showcase Ashley shared with us on instagram (using the hashtag #builtTDCtuff) would really bum me out if it were dreary and miserable. Of course I mean that in the most loving 'good for you' but ya it 'sucks for me' kind of proud mama way that I feel every time one of you amazing folks rocks out a stunning showcase!

The backyard is on my hit list for this year's 'renovation or bust' resolution I have and I am completely inspired by the incredible hard work they did to make their outdoor living space so effing fabulous!

Here is what she says...

'Modified the reef sofa plans to be loveseats. Thanks for the plans. Coffee table built by scraps I had lying around. Cushions are from Target and fit perfectly!'

Yes they do! Love the color too. Xx... Rayan

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Jan
22
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table

I want to thank you for the plans on your site. The Provence beam table was exactly what I was looking for. I made a few modifications that you and your readers might be interested in for variety’s sake. The only good choice for outdoor wood here in Tucson was redwood, and 2x10s were not available, so I used 2x6s and did a mitered picture frame around the 10’ interior 2x6s (I used 12’ 2x6s for the outer pieces) giving a total length of 130”. I added a central post to give a bit more support to the middle of the span, and a better way to secure the table planks. I also built it to be 28” tall. I used biscuit joinery for all the base since I already had a biscuit joiner. I used Watco danish oil (natural) for the finish. The project took a weekend and a few evenings. The table will easily seat ten.

The main drawback to using the biscuit method is the necessity to clamp everything, but anyone who has a biscuit joiner probably already has an assortment of clamps. I ended up using a strap clamp made from two ratcheting tie-down straps ($20 from the local Ace Hardware) to clamp the table top parts. That would be easier with pocket screws.

Mitered Surround for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table
Frame and Base for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table
Profile View of Base for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table
Table Profile for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table
Table View from Top for The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Michael's Variation on the Provence Beam Dining Table

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