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May
04
2016
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler via @thedesconf

We temporarily had a plastic fold-up table with fold-up benches and wanted something more permanent where guests can sit and eat/drink/relax. This table with the built-in drink cooler/trough is perfect and has enough weight where the wind can't blow it around. Since I've never built anything like this before, especially with pocket screws, it took me a lot longer than expected (easily 2 full weekends). But the end product is worth it and we can't wait to start using it! I already built one of the Francine dining benches that needs to be stained next weekend.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler via @thedesconf
Estimated Cost 

$125

Length of Time 

2 weekends

Modifications 

My measurement was off by 1/2" on the short cross legs but everyone who's seen my mistake say it's a design flaw that looks good. I didn't have any spare wood to cut new lugs so I made them work.

Lumber Used 

Treated pine

Finishing Technique 

Used Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Sunbleached color and applied two coats of Varathane Clear Matte Soft Touch Polyurethane to help protect it.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler via @thedesconf
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler via @thedesconf
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler via @thedesconf
Jan
20
2016
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Ken's Double Set of Provence Beam Dining Tables

THANKS!!! I was so excited that I made 2 of them... now on to the benches... I will finish them with a pewter semi-transparent stain.

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Dec
04
2015

Junior Loft Bed with a Slide! 

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Nov
17
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Vintage Fir Platform Bed with Storage

I made this bed ages ago and it has a few tweaks to the design.

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I used 12" x 6" beams for the headboard and made the sides of the bed flush instead of having an overhang.

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The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Vintage Fir Platform Bed with Storage
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Nov
04
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // RH Inspired Printmakers Desk by Zack

I work for an excellent employer that allowed me to build my own desk instead of ordering a pre-fab one from one of the big box retailers. I'm really proud of what I was able to put together as this was my first real foray into furniture-building. There were a couple issues with the assembly order that I found while building from the plan on TDC, but thankfully I was looking far enough ahead to anticipate them and adjust the plans. I finished the desk about 6 weeks ago, but I'll work hard to remember what I encountered. 

For the desk, I got 3/4" maple 7-ply plywood and true cabinetmaker's maple 1x2"s (more on this later). To save on costs, I bought cheaper plywood (13-ply chinese birch) from the same place for the interior pieces (mostly the drawer boxes). I used optimalon's cut optimizer (http://www.optimalon.com/index.htm) to make sure I used wood efficiently. Since I wasn't using traditional dimensional lumber, I bought 200 BF of 1x2" and trimmed it all down to the actual dimensions (3/4"x11 1/12'), then glued the 1x2's together after they have been trimmed on the table saw to get the number of 2x2's I needed.

To save weight and materials, I nixed the full plywood divider, and replaced it with a full frame of 1x2 around the underside of the top assembly. That way, it was easier to install drawer slides later, as well as make adjustments to other portions.

I also put a back on the desk since it wasn't going up against a wall. If you're going to do that, you need to purchase a 3rd sheet of plywood as there won't be enough material with just the two in the list.

This was also my first project with the Kreg Jig, and I loved working with it! I have definitely learned that I need to be more consistent about clamping with screwing together pieces, there are a number of pieces on the desk that don't sit as flush as I would like because I screwed them together without any clamping. Learn from my mistakes!

Speaking of mistakes, you'll notice the top has a sort of cross pattern with 1x2 and plywood panels. That was done because I made a bad cut on the piece meant for the top of the desk. It was a 1/2" too narrow at one end, so I put the 1x2's in as a frame and filled it in with pieces I measured twice and cut once! I wish I had done it right from the beginning, but the end result looks on purpose and I'm happy with it!

I don't know what else to write about the project, but I'd love to answer any questions you may have about the build and the plans from my experience with them!

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // RH Inspired Printmakers Desk by Zack
Estimated Cost 

I spent about $500 on wood, screws, and the Kreg Jig for this project. The 7-ply exterior pieces of plywood were most expensive at $77 each, but they were worth it for the quality. Very good to work with. I bought the wood at Nashville Plywood, in case you're in the area. They were great to work with, even for a rookie like me.

Length of Time 

I worked on this project for about 30 hours total. It would have been shorter if I had a garage, but I had to move stuff (tools and materials) in and out of the house each time I wanted to work on it, so that exacerbated the time and space significantly to build.

Modifications 

I'd avoid the full middle panel and frame it instead with 1x2's. That way, no edge finishing to do on plywood, and it saves a ton of weight without sacrificing any strength or functionality. It also allows to you drill holes in the top to run cable and such without having to remove the drawers. Makes for a cleaner desktop without wires.

I also just screwed the drawer fronts in the normal way, I didn't assemble them per instructions. Fewer screws and less time.

I secured all of the side and back panels by drilling with the Kreg jig instead of doing brad nails or anything like that.

Lumber Used 

I had 200 feet of maple 1x2 that I glued together to make my 2x2's as well as using for the 1x2's./p>

2 4x8 sheets of plywood for top, back, sides, and drawer fronts

1 cheap 4x8 sheet of plywood for drawer boxes (could have probably used less, but have extra to play with now!)

1 sheet of 1/4" plywood for drawer bottoms, plus one extra small piece I had to go back and buy (no way to make the drawer bottoms with just one piece, measurements don't work out)

Finishing Technique 

Brushed on Minwax Early American stain. Will put poly on later, I'm not so good with coasters and know it's only a matter of time!

Additional Project Details 

Read up on ways to make accurate repeat cuts. That's the one thing I had wished I had done, it would have saved many headaches in fitting everything up in the end. Still some things I need to fix in that regard, but having it together with flaws is way better than not having it together.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // RH Inspired Printmakers Desk by Zack
Oct
09
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Pottery Barn Inspired Hudson Console With A Twist

I started out building this table as a birthday present for my wife. I ALMOST had it made in time for her birthday too until I had the idea to create a herringbone pattern on the table top. This is the love of my life were building this for, after all, and I wanted her to LOVE it. I used my biscuit jointer to create the pattern on the table top. This is a combination of pine and maple. Maple in the corners and pine as the slats. The rest of the table, with the exception of the drawer rails are all oak. I really like the way it turned out, and more importantly, so does my wife!

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase // Pottery Barn Inspired Hudson Console With A Twist
Estimated Cost 

400 USD

Length of Time 

50 hours

Modifications 

Herringbone pattern on the table top

Lumber Used 

Frame - oak

Table top - combination of oak, maple, and pine

Finishing Technique 

Verathane cognac topped with 2 coats of minwax satin

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