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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
Apr
27
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Brashmode's Rolling Bed Board Table

This gorgeous beauty comes to us from @brashmode via Instagram and our newly created hashtag #builtTDCtuff. It's a great way for you to share all of your gorgeous builds on social channels you already use and of course to be showcased and shared with the world... or at least those people who follow along with us socially, you know... This build is quite the stunner and what a fabulous luxury item to add to your home. Who needs to leave anyhow? Not me...

Here is what she says:

The McParents Helped Us Build This Rolling Occasional Table & Now I Cant Imagine Life Without It. Was So Easy! Here's A Link To The Plans From @thedesignconfidential If You Wanna Give It A Shot

Yahoo, I hope you do give it a shot!

To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
Apr
20
2015

I saw the plans on here and thought it was awesome but I don't like paying for wood where possible so I decided to make it out of old pallets and a few scrap pieces of wood from various other projects.

Estimated Cost 

About £3

Length of Time 

1 Day

Modifications 

Because of the materials used the arm rests seemed a little flimsy so I added a couple of wedges to the front and rear legs just to give a little extra support.

I also added a brace on the front and rear legs just to strenghen up them up.

Lumber Used 

I used 2 pallets, this gave me most of the timber I needed. It seems pallets are almost all 4x1.

Fot the back rest of the chair i used some left over shiplap from a repair I made to a shed door.

For the top of the Ottoman I used some 6x1 which was originally a gravel board for a fence that got blown down and was too broken to reuse.

Finishing Technique 

Because of the nature of the wood, I didn't spend too much time sanding and I didn't fill any of the holes at all as I felt it compliments the timber.

I did think it needed some paint so decided to go with a mixed colour scheme.

The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Outdoor Modern Adirondack Chair + Ottoman
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Outdoor Modern Adirondack Chair + Ottoman
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Outdoor Modern Adirondack Chair + Ottoman
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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