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Aug
12
2015
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Project Details

At long last, we have the plans for a toddler sized house bed playhouse! You all loved the twin sized version so much that I am rolling out the other requested sizes and each will have a slightly different variation in style, from the last. Hopefully this will let you choose your own adventure with this project, depending on your needs and how it will function. 

We are also giving something new a bit of a try and I will be including a special download for the printable version of this project. It will have larger images and none of the extra stuff! I will update this in just a bit with the printable version and as usual... 

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! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed

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-$150
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 5 - 1x4 at 8'
  • 2 - 2x4 at 8'
  • 5 - 2x3 at 8'
  • 1 - 2x3 at 6'
  • 1 - 2x2 at 6'

 

Materials
Cut List
  • 14 - 1x4's at 27" - Slats
  • 2 - 2x4's at 52" - Lower Side Rails
  • 2 - 2x4's at 27" - Head and Foot Rails
  • 3 - 2x3's at 52" - Center and Side Boards
  • 4 - 2x3's at 36" - Posts
  • 2 - 2x3's at 22 3/4" - Roof
  • 2 - 2x3's at 21 1/4" - Roof
  • 2 - 2x3's at 47" - Upper Side Rails
  • 1 - 2x3 at 5 1/2" - Chimney
  • 1 - 2x3 at 8 1/2" - Chimney
  • 1 - 2x3 at 4 1/2" - Chimney
  • 1 - 2x2 at 47" - Pitch Rail

 

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 all 6 boards to size and then bevel the 4 posts at a 45° angle, making sure to keep the length of your original cut. You will be making 2 units here and you can drill your pocket holes in the bottom rails as shown, and set your Pocket Hole Jig for 1 1/2" material. Attach your posts to your Rails using glue and 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws. Your posts will sit with the longer edge on what will be the inside and the same side as your pocket holes.

** When you bevel, you are simply cutting your board at an angle with your board laying flat and your miter saw tilting 45° rather than being turned at a 45° angle as it would be when you miter.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 2

Create your inner frame by cutting your boards to length and attaching them to your Head and Foot Rails. If you prefer for your slats to sit flush with the rails, secure the Center and Side Boards 3/4" down from the top edge of the Head and Foot Rails and 1/4" up from the bottom edge. Secure the Center and Side Boards in place using your Kreg Jig set for 1 1/2" material and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and glue. Attach the center board first for ease of securing with pocket hole screws and you can place the pocket holes on the outsides of the Side Boards since they won't be seen.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 3

Now you will attach the 3 units you have built by securing the Side Boards to the Bottom Rails with 2" wood screws and glue. Use your countersink drill bit to pre-drill for screws that will sit flush with your boards. Since you will secure the Side Boards directly to the Bottom Rails, you can simply glue the Head and Foot Rails to the Side Boards if you wish, but there is no need to worry about securing these with screws or pocket holes.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 4

Fasten your slats in place using 1 1/2" brad nails or finish nails. If you don't have a nail gun at your disposal, you can opt to use 1 1/2" screws, just be sure to countersink them using your countersink drill bit to pre-drill and then fasten your screws with a phillips head drill bit. The slats should fit perfectly with no spaces between them, but it would be wise to dry fit just to be sure!

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 5

Now for the fun part! This looks so much more complicated than it actually is - promise! Cut your boards to length and note that you will be creating 2 units for the pitch of your roof and that the 2 boards that form one unit are not the same length. One side is going to be 1 1/2" longer than the other. Once you have them cut to length, bevel one end of each board at 45°. Be sure to keep the length as directed when you do this. Once you have beveled the end of each board, you will create your pitch by securing the straight cut end of one long and one short piece together. Please be sure to set the short piece to the inside edge of the longer piece as you see in the diagram.

Once you have your 2 roof units created, you can secure them to your posts using glue and 2" wood screws, downward from the top edge of your bevel down into your posts. Be sure to countersink and pre-drill so your screws are flush.

**Note that these pieces will sit flat for beveling as well as when you secure them to create your pitch. The face of your roof boards should match that of your posts and both will have the face side of your board (the 2 1/2" side) run the length of the bed (the longer sides) rather than the width (the shorter head and foot). This means that when you look at your bed from the side, your boards will appear slightly bigger than they do when you look at your bed from the head or foot, but all should match.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 6

Secure the rails in place using 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and glue. Cut your rails to length, noting that the top rail that runs the between the 2 roof units is a 2x2 while the Upper Side Rails are 2x3's. The 2x3's will sit with the face of your boards (the 2 1/2" side) facing outward. Place pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on either end of one face of the 2x3's and secure to the Posts and Roof Units from the inside of your bed. Note that the top edge of your Rails will actually sit flush with the top edge of your roof board bevel. Place your pocket holes for 1 1/2" material on either end of your 2x2 Pitch Rail and secure this sitting flush to the very top of the pitch of your Roof. Place your pocket holes on the underside of your Pitch Rail so they aren't visible.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Step 7

This last step is optional, but pretty adorable. To create a chimney, you will simply cut all 3 pieces to length, and then bevel the legs at 45°. Secure all 3 pieces together using 2" wood screws and glue and be sure your beveled edges face the same direction and note that this chimney unit will also sit with the face of your board (the 2 1/2" side) sitting the same way your posts and your roof sit (along the sides) with the sides of your board (the 1 1/2" side) facing the front and back.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Toddler Sized House Bed
Finishing Instructions

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

Kiddos 
Outdoor 
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

Jun
23
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
Project Details

This table is an easy build and can easily be amped up in any manner you wish! Keep it simple and create the table top from a sheet of plywood, or get fancy and use a series of boards and a weathered finish. You can even swap the lumber for Cedar or Redwood prefab fencing (4x4 posts and fence boards) and with a bit of elbow grease in the sanding department you have yourself and pretty fancy outdoor dining table. Get creative or keep it simple, either way we can't wait to see!

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! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table

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
$50-$100
Dimensions
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
Tools
Lumber
  • 5 – 2x4 at 8’                                                            
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 8 – 2x4 at 30” – Legs
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 39”x60” – Top
  • 2 – 2x4 at 33” – Short Aprons
  • 2 – 2x4 at 53” – Long Aprons 
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 Legs. “Sandwich” two Legs together. Secure with glue and 2-1/2” wood screws. This set of two Legs will create one Leg for the Table.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
Step 2

Cut the piece for the Top. With the Kreg jig for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in locations shown. Secure the Top to the Legs as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply edge banding to the exposed edges of the plywood if desired.

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Short and Long Aprons. With the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends and along the bottom edge of each Apron. The Aprons will be set back 1-1/2” from the outer edge of the Top. Secure the Aprons to the Legs and to the Top as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a 60 Inch Rectangular Dining Table
Finishing Instructions

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

Outdoor 
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
28
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Project Details

So in all of my genius glory it appears that I posted the armless unit for this fab reef sectional sofa, and then forgot to draft plans for the corner unit. Yahoo. Well today we rectify that crazy and we give you... wait for it... the corner unit! I bet you weren't going to guess that, eh? What say you? Do you prefer your sectional sofas with all working parts and plans? Thought you might...

To view the other plan for this pair and to build an actual sectional sofa, you will want to visit the plan for the Reef Armless Unit and the cushion options here that will work best are the Threshold Outdoor Deep Seating Cushion which retails for $29 and two or three 18" toss pillows for the back. Alternatively you might also use a cushion like this for the seat which retails for $19 and would help cut cost in a large quantity but it is decidedly less boxy than the other for sure, so this is a style and budgetary choice that can be made and it is yours to make my friends!

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! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram or @thedesconf on twitter so I am sure to see it!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair

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
$50-$100
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 4 – 2x4 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 5 – 2x4 at 27-1/4” – Back Legs and Corner Back Leg
  • 2 – 2x4 at 28-1/4” – Sides            
  • 1 – 2x4 at 12-1/2” – Front Leg     
  • 2 – 2x4 at 33-1/4” – Tops             
  • 1 – 2x4 at 26-1/4” – Front Apron
  • 1 – 2x4 at 20-1/2” – Seat Support
  • 1 – 2x4 at 6-1/4” – Seat Support Extension
  • 1 – 2x4 at 20-1/2” (ripped down to 2-3/4” wide) – Center Seat Support    
  • 3 – 1x4 at 20-1/2” – Seat Slats
  • 6 – 1x4 at 16-3/4” – Back 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 two of the Back Legs, the Front Leg, and Sides. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the Sides and in the tops of the Back Legs. For one side of the chair, assemble the Back Leg, Front Leg, and Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  For the other side of the chair, assemble the Back Leg and Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the two Tops, the Corner Back Leg, the remaining two Back Legs, and the Front Apron. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front Apron and in the top end of the Corner Back Leg. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. 

With the Kreg jig still set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the two remaining Back Legs. Assemble the other Top to the two remaining Back Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws. 

Assemble the pieces as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket hole screws.  Attach the second Top to the Corner Back Leg with 2-1/2” wood screws, if needed (depending on where you drilled the pocket holes on the Corner Back Leg, you may need additional reinforcement).  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Center Seat Support, the Seat Support, and the Seat Support Extension. The Center Support will be a 2x4 ripped down to 2-3/4” wide and will be located 3/4” down from the top of the Sides to allow for the Seat Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Center Seat Support, Seat Support, and Seat Support Extension. Assemble as shown with glue and 2 1/2” pocket hole screws. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Seat Slats. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the Seat Slats. Attach the Seat Slats to the Seat Support and Front Apron with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws. Secure the Seat Slats to the Center Seat Support with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Back Slats. The angles may be a little tricky but they should be cut at approximately 25 degrees. (see drawing). Once the angles are cut, set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in both ends of each Back Slat. Attach to the Seat Support and Top with glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans and How to Build a Reef Sectional Sofa Corner Chair
Finishing Instructions

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

Outdoor 
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
16
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Project Details

The iconic bench, if ever there was one. Actually I can think of a few iconic benches, but this is certainly one of them! And believe me when I say this will be an easy build. No tricky cuts or fancy things, just cut and drill, then put together like a stacking tree for kiddos. 

To check out our hundreds of other free plans, visit our plan indexAs 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 perfect for beginners, others... not so much). 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 Plans

Estimated Cost
$25-$75
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Tools
Lumber
  • 8 – 2x2 at 8'
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x2 at 55” – Front and Back
  • 5 – 2x2 at 38” – Centers               
  • 8 – 2x2 at 10” – Ends                    
  • 18 – 2x2 at 19” – Stands    
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 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 all the pieces for the Bench. At the end of each piece, drill a 1/2” hole that is centered 3/4” from each end. “Round out” each end by cutting the corners at a 3/4” radius. Drill additional 1/2” holes on noted pieces, centered. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 2

Lay down the Back piece. Insert the longer Threaded Rod into each hole and thread a Nut onto the back side of each Rod. Install the pieces as shown. The 1/2” drilled hole at the bottom of each Stand will take the shorter Threaded Rod.  

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 3

Continue to install pieces as shown. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 4

Keep installing!

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 5

Install the Front piece. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
Step 6

Finally, thread a Nut on the front of each Threaded Rod to secure everything into place.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Equilateral Bench
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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Apr
13
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Project Details

Nothing says spring like a rocking chair on the porch. I kind of have a thing with chairs that rock... or bounce. I guess I never grew out of that stage from my years as a baby? Who knows, but there is definitely something so soothing about sitting in a rocking chair, listening to the evening sounds. It is even better in the morning, but somehow school routines and young children seem to keep this from happening during the week. A gal can dream though...

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 perfect for beginners, others... not so much). 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 Plans

Estimated Cost
$50-$100
Dimensions
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 3 – 1x3 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 1 – 1x6 at 8’ (or use 3/4” plywood, ripped down to 5-1/2” wide) 
Materials
Cut List
  • 1 – 1x2 at 16” – Backrest Top Frame                  
  • 2 – 1x2 at 18-1/2” – Backrest Side Frames
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2-1/2” – Armrest Supports                  
  • 2 – 1x3 at 21” – Backrest Sides               
  • 5 – 1x4 at 19” – Backrest Slats                            
  • 2 – 1x3 at 23” – Seat Sides                                   
  • 2 – 1x2 at 17-1/2” – Seat Front and Seat Back 
  • 5 – 1x4 at 19” – Seat Slats                                    
  • 2 – 1x3 at 22” – Armrests                                     
  • 2 – 1x3 at 12-1/4” – Side Frame Tops                 
  • 4 – 1x3 at 24-1/2” – Side Frame Sides                
  • 2 – 1x2 at 19-1/2” – Side Frame Bottoms           
  • 2 – 1x6 at 35” – Rockers   
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 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.

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Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Backrest Top Frame and Backrest Side Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Backrest Top Frame. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Armrest Supports, Backrest Sides, and Backrest Slats.

Cut the Armrest Supports as shown. 

Chamfer the top back corner of the Backrest Sides at a 45-degree angle, if desired. You can also “round out” the bottoms of the Backrest Sides as shown. Attach the Backrest Sides to the Backrest Side Frame pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. Attach the Armrest Supports to the Backrest Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws.

Attach the Backrest Slats to the Backrest Top Frame and Backrest Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. 

 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Seat Sides, Seat Front, and Seat Back. Chamfer the bottom front corner of the Seat Sides at a 45-degree angle, if desired. 

With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Seat Front and Seat Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Cut the pieces for the Seat Slats. Attach the Seat Slats to the Seat Front, Seat Sides, and Seat Back as shown with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws.

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Armrests, Side Frame Tops, Side Frame Sides, and Side Frame Bottoms. You can “round out” the outer corners of the Side Frame Sides as noted to allow for better chair movement. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Side Frame Tops and Side Frame Bottoms. Next, drill pocket holes in the top end of the Side Frame Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat this step for the other side.   

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Rockers. Draw out the shape as shown and cut out with your jigsaw. Make sure you draw a gentle curve. For this project, we used a radius of 62-1/2” for the Rocker curves. If desired, “round out” the end corners of the Rockers with your jigsaw or sander. 

Clamp the Rockers to the Side Frame Sides as shown. Using a 1/4” spade bit, drill holes through both of the clamped pieces. Attach the Rockers to the Side Frames Sides as shown with glue and 1/4” bolts and nuts. Once assembled, you can see what part of the Side Frame Sides extend past the Rockers.  Use your jigsaw or sander to remove this excess wood. Repeat this process with the other side. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 6

Lay one of the Side Frame assemblies on the ground or table, with the pocket holes facing up. Lay the Seat assembly on the Side Frame assembly as shown and secure with clamps. Using a 1/4” spade bit, drill holes through both of the clamped pieces. Attach the Side Frame Sides to the Seat Side as shown with glue and 1/4” bolts and nuts. Repeat this process with the second Side Frame assembly. 

The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a Rocking Chair
Step 7

Set the Rocking Chair upright. Using clamps, position the Backrest assembly to the Side Frame assemblies as shown. The bottom corner of the Armrest should be flush with the back edge of the Backrest Side and should be set directly on the Armrest Support. Use your 1/4” spade bit to drill through both the clamped pieces where noted. Attach the Side Frame Sides to the Backrest Side as shown with glue and 1/4” bolts and nuts. Repeat this process with the other side.

Just sit back, relax, and rock your worries away! 

Just sit back, relax, and rock your worries away!
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

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.

If you would like us to showcase your build, post a showcase or share on social media using the hashtag #builtTDCtuff.

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