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Apr
22
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Project Details

Happy Earth Day friends! I'm pretty excited because today's plan is basically to. die. for. So good. And there isn't much that celebrates our gorgeous green(-ish) earth more than building your own furniture in an environmentally responsible way. No hidden chemicals or blood diamonds are used during the making of your own furniture and of course there is absolutely no animal testing whatsoever. If you can use reclaimed wood or lumber and give your materials a second chance at life while sparing the young growth, well then you have indeed done a good thing. Yahoo.

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!

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 Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 10 – 1x3 at 8’  
  • 7 – 2x4 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x4 at 11-3/4” – Legs                                                 
  • 2 – 2x4 at 15” – Headboard Sides                                   
  • 2 – 2x4 at 85” – Sides                                                       
  • 2 – 1x2 at 78” – Cleats                                                      
  • 1 – 2x4 at 82” – Center Support                                     
  • 2 – 2x4 at 9-1/4” – Center Support Legs                       
  • 2 – 2x4 at 78” – Headboard and Footboard Frames    
  • 2 – 2x4 at 78” – Headboard Supports                            
  • 10 – 1x3 at 78” – Slats
Instructions

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 paste wax, 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. You can draw out the shape of the Leg through using the measurements or the degree of cut. If using the degree of cut, remember to start at the corners that meet up with the corner of the lumber that will not be cut off (for this example, the top left corner and the bottom right corner). With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of each Leg.
 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 2

Cut the piece for the Headboard Sides. You can draw out the shape of the Headboard Side through using the measurements or the degree of cut. If using the degree of cut, remember to start at the corners that meet up with the corner  of the lumber that will not be cut off (for this example, the top right corner and the bottom left corner). With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the bottom ends of each Headboard Side. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Sides and Cleats. Attach the Cleat to the Side using glue and 1-1/4” countersunk screws leaving 3-1/2” at each end for the bed hardware and Headboard Frame and Footboard Frame. Attach the bed hardware according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Next, Assemble the Headboard Sides and Legs to the Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Repeat this step again, mirrored - one assembly for each side of the bed.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 4

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

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Headboard and Footboard Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Headboard and Footboard Frames. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 6

Assemble the Center Support with Center Support Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the Headboard Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Supports. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Included are close-ups of the front and back of the Headboard Supports attached to the Headboard Sides.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the Slats. The Slats will be spaced approximately 6” apart (this graphic shows 1-1/2” spacing near the Headboard Frame and Footboard Frame and 6” spacing elsewhere). Attach to the supports using 1-1/4” countersunk screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Step 9

And now for the bonus round! This bed will function great as-is, but if you want to kick it up a notch, add paracord, wire, or bungee to the Headboard (think of all the color possibilities)! This graphic shows several eye hook screws spaced 4” apart on the top and bottom (staggered) on the Headboard Supports. Simply install the eye hook screws and weave your cord through the eye hook screws in a zigzag manner as shown and secure with a solid knot. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow 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

Apr
06
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Project Details

I hope you all had such a Happy Easter! We are officially back from our vacation and I can't wait to share some of the details with you all. I hoped it would be relaxing and allow me to recover a bit more from this nagging infection, and I would say it absolutely did help a bit. But let's be real, relaxing is the opposite of what a vacation with kiddos is all about. My two littles took misbehaving to a whole new level, so naturally I am thinking about an easier time when they were still babies and sleeping like angels in cribs, and not yet talking.... Our first crib plan has been such a hit that we thought we would expand the line and add some other fabulous options to it.

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 a crib for your new little angel. 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!

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
$125-$175
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Tools
Lumber
  • 4 – 1x3 at 8’
  • 1 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 6 – 2x2 at 8’
  • 1 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x4 at 28-1/4” – Head and Foot Tops
  • 4 – 2x2 at 70” – Posts
  • 2 – 1x4 at 28-1/4” – Head and Foot Bottoms
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 28-1/4”x37-1/2” – Head Panel
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 28-1/4”x33-1/2” – Foot Panel
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 38-1/4”x53-1/2” – Side Panels
  • 2 – 2x2 at 53-1/2” – Side Tops
  • 2 – 1x3 at 53-1/2” – Mattress Frame Sides
  • 2 – 1x3 at 26-3/4” – Mattress Frame Ends
  • 2 – 2x2 at 52” – Slat Supports
  • 8 – 1x3 at 26-3/4” – 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 Posts, Head Top, Head Panel, and Head Bottom. Apply edge banding to exposed plywood edges if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Head Top.  Set the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the sides and bottom of the Head Panel, then in the ends of the Head Bottom. Make sure that the pocket holes drilled into the Head Bottom piece are within the 1-1/2” that will make contact with the Post when assembled. Assemble the Head Bottom and Head Panel as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.  Assemble the Head Top as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. The top sketch is the inside view of the Crib Head and the bottom sketch is the outside view of the Crib Head. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Posts, Foot Top, Foot Panel, and Foot Bottom. Apply edge banding to exposed plywood edges if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Foot Top.  Set the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the sides and bottom of the Foot Panel, then in the ends of the Foot Bottom. Make sure that the pocket holes drilled into the Foot Bottom piece are within the 1-1/2” that will make contact with the Post when assembled. Assemble the Foot Bottom and Foot Panel as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.  Assemble the Foot Top as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. The top sketch is the inside view of the Crib Foot and the bottom sketch is the outside view of the Crib Foot. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Step 3

Cut the piece for the Side Panels. Apply edge banding to exposed plywood edges if desired. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Side Panels. When drilling the pocket holes, make sure to stagger them so that they do not line up with the pocket holes in the Head Panel (we don’t want any pocket screws to interfere with one another). Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Step 4

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

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Step 5

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

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Slat Supports. Attach to the inside of the frame with glue and countersunk 2” wood screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the Slats. Attach to the slat supports with countersunk 1-1/4” wood screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Step 8

Now it’s time to install the Corner Braces! For this crib, we have 3 positions for the mattress. The first position will be 14-1/4” from the bottom of the Head Panel and Foot Panel, the second position will be 8-1/4” from the bottom of the Head Panel and Foot Panel, and the third position will be set on the Bottom piece.   

For illustrative purposes only, the sketch shows Braces at the top two positions. You will only need Braces at one position on each side. The third position, or lowest position, will not need Braces.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Step 9

Here is a sketch of the Braces in action (view from the bottom)! Simply secure your Braces at the desired position, set the Mattress Frame on top of the Braces, and attach the Mattress Frame to the Braces. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Step 10

Dress this beautiful Crib up with a canopy and call it done!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Canopy Crib
Finishing Instructions

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

Kiddos 
Living 
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

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
To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
Estimated Cost 
Length of Time 
Modifications 
Lumber Used 
Finishing Technique 
Additional Project Details 
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
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Project Details

I adore this beauty and I think it would make a fabulous nightstand... even though it isn't a nightstand. I suppose I have a history of making unlikely pieces into nightstands and I can see a future for this baby in the empty space along the wall where my bed lives. Of course I can see this beauty in about a dozen other ideal spots in my home, so maybe they will have to fight it out...

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The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary

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
$100-$150
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Tools
Lumber
  • 4 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 1x2 at 60” – Frame Side Fronts
  • 2 – 1x2 at 59” – Frame Side Backs
  • 2 – 1x2 at 7-1/4” – Frame Side Tops
  • 2 – 1x2 at 12-1/4” – Frame Side Middles
  • 2 – 1x2 at 14-3/4” – Frame Side Bottoms
  • 2 – 1x4 at 50-1/2” – Frame Bottom Front and Back
  • 1 – 1x2 at 50-1/2” - Frame Top Back
  • 2 - 3/4” plywood at 18”x50-1/2” – Bottom Cabinet Top and Bottom
  • 2 - 3/4” plywood at 10-3/4”x18” – Bottom Cabinet Sides
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood at 10-3/4”x49” – Bottom Cabinet Back
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood at 10-3/4”x17-1/4” – Bottom Cabinet Vertical Divider
  • 1 – 1x2 at 20” – Bottom Cabinet Horizontal Divider
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 9”x15”– Large Drawer Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 15”x25-3/4”– Large Drawer Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 9”x27-1/4”– Large Drawer Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 10-1/2”x28”– Large Drawer Front
  • 4 – 3/4” plywood at 3-3/4”x15”– Small Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 15”x17-1/2”– Small Drawer Bottoms
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 3-3/4”x19”– Small Drawer Backs
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 4-3/4”x19-3/4”– Small Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x19-3/4”– Small Drawer Fronts
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x50-1/2”– Top Cabinet Top and Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x18-1/4”– Top Cabinet Sides
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18-1/4”x49”– Top Cabinet Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 17-1/4”x18-1/4”– Top Cabinet Vertical Divider
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-1/4”x28-1/4”– Top Cabinet Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x19-3/4”– Left Cabinet Door
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x28”– Right Cabinet Desk/Door
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 Frame Side Fronts, Side Backs, Side Tops, Side Middles, and Side Bottoms. Cut decorative curves in the Side Tops, Side Middles, and Side Bottoms as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Side Tops, Side Middles, and Side Bottoms. Just a reminder to drill pocket holes after cutting the 8 degree angles in the pieces.

Frame Sides Detail for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Frame Side Top for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Frame Side Middle for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Frame Side Bottom for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 2

Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice, once for each side. If desired, have the pocket holes face the inside of the Desk.

Frame Sides Positioned for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Top Back, Bottom Front, and Bottom Back. Cut a decorative curve in the Bottom Front and Bottom Back as shown. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Top Back, Bottom Front, and Bottom Back.

Frame Front Back Detail for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 4

Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Frame Front Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 5

Next, cut the pieces for the Bottom Cabinet Top, Sides, and Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bottom Cabinet Top Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 6

Cut the piece for the Bottom Cabinet Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each side of the Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Face the pocket screws toward the inside of the Cabinet if desired.

Bottom Cabinet Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 7

Cut the piece for the Bottom Cabinet Horizontal Divider and the Bottom Cabinet Vertical Divider. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Horizontal Divider and the top, bottom, and back of the Vertical Divider.  Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bottom Cabinet Vertical Divider for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Bottom Cabinet Horizontal Divider for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the Large Drawer Sides and Bottoms. Drill pocket holes in the front and back of the Sides and in all sides of the Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Large Drawer Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 9

Cut the pieces for the Large Drawer Backs. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Large Drawer Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 10

Cut the pieces for the Large Drawer Fronts. The top of the Large Drawer Front will extend 1” above the drawer box top, 3/8” beyond the drawer box sides, and 1/2” beyond the drawer box bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Install the ball-bearing slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make any necessary adjustments. Once installed, there should be a 1/8” gap on each side of the Drawer Front.

Large Drawer Front for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 11

Cut the pieces for the Small Drawer Sides and Bottoms. Drill pocket holes in the front and back of the Sides and in all sides of the Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice - once for each Small Drawer.

Small Drawers Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 12

Cut the pieces for the Small Drawer Backs. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice - once for each Small Drawer.

Small Drawer Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 13

Cut the pieces for the Small Drawer Fronts. The top of the Small Drawer Front will extend 1” above the drawer box top, 3/8” beyond the drawer box sides, and 1/2” beyond the drawer box bottom. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat twice - once for each Small Drawer.

Install the ball-bearing slides according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make any necessary adjustments. Once installed, there should be a 1/8” gap on each side of the Drawer Front.

Small Drawer Front for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 14

Next, cut the pieces for the Top Cabinet Top, Sides, and Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws

Top Cabinet Top Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 15

Cut the piece for the Top Cabinet Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each side of the Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Face the pocket screws toward the inside of the Cabinet if desired.

Top Cabinet Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 16

Cut the piece for the Top Cabinet Vertical Divider. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of the Divider. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Top Cabinet Divider for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary
Step 17
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Top Cabinet Doors for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary

Cut the piece for the Top Cabinet Shelf. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the each side and back of the Shelf. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 18
Cabinet Positions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Mid Century Secretary

Lay the assembled Frame on its back so that assembly is easier (temporarily remove Drawers and Cabinet Doors to reduce weight). Insert the assembled Top Cabinet and assembled Bottom Cabinet as shown. Attach the Cabinets to the Frame with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws.

Finishing Instructions

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

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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!

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