Feb
10
2014
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I have been working on this table off and on for a couple of weeks now and I am so excited to finally have it built and finished. You might remember my complaint that none of my furniture fits my current home's spaces and my kitchen table was no exception, only it was far too small rather than too large like most of my other pieces. Since we spend quite a bit of time in this space I decided to tackle it first.

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

$25-$50

Dimensions
Tools
Lumber
  • 17 - 2x4 at 8' - you can also choose to use a solid piece for the top or larger boards.
Materials
Cut List
  • 12 - 2x4 at 6' - Table Top

** For all beveled cuts, measurements below are for the longest side after you bevel.

  • 4 - 2x4 at 30 9/16" - Legs
  • 2 - 2x4 at 29 1/8" Legs
  • 2 - 2x4 at 8 1/8" Legs
  • 4 - 2x4 at 9 3/8" - Supports
  • 5 - 2x4 at 29" Frame
  • 2 - 2x4 at 55" Frame

 

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

Build your Table Top. You can use one solid board, sheet goods, or larger boards for this if you choose, but in the essence of frugality, we are going with 2x4's here. You will join your boards with pocket hole joinery. Use your Jig to create your pocket holes for 1 1/2" thick material and stagger their placement. Secure with glue and 2 1/2" pocket hole screws. Clamp together and allow your glue to setup before you move on with this piece. 

Step 2

Build the Leg Units. You will need 2 of these exactly the same. Each and every cut is a bevel cut at 21.3°. Pay close attention to which direction the image shows the bevel. If your saw doesn't have beveling capabilities, I suppose you could turn your board on it's side and miter it. It would work out the same way I think. 

Step 3

Attach the Leg Units to the Table Top. Once your table top boards have finished drying and are completely secured, you can attach your leg units as shown in this diagram. Use your 2 1/2" wood screws and glue, then attach through the small board on your leg unit. 

Step 4

Cut and Attach the Supports. Since we are using 2x4's joined for the table top, the support for the legs and top have special needs, so to speak. Bevel the supports at 21.3° and attach to the leg units with glue and to the table top with glue and 2 1/2" wood screws.

Step 5

Build out the Frame. The remaining pieces are all straight cuts and easy to finish out. The 2 pieces on either side of each leg unit should sit up close and personal to the leg units. These are here to help keep the legs from moving in either direction. Attach all the frame pieces using 2 1/2" screws and glue. 

Step 6

Finish your Table Top. Caulk or fill in between each board, allow to dry and sand flush. I used caulking on mine since it gives more and tends to be more flexible, which is important when you are dealing with several boards joined together. You need to be careful when you apply it so that you wipe it from any surfaces where it isn't needed. I used a belt sander to sand flush since my boards were warped and crazy and it's just stunning! 

Finishing Instructions

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

Disclaimer

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Apr
15
2013
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Living 
Jun
06
2012
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As I mentioned in this post, with baby on the way, not many 'actual' projects have been getting done around here... But, I have been doing my fair share of shopping in the meantime. Gal's gotta keep busy, right? One of the many problem areas of my home is the extreme heat we face in the backyard each summer. With temperatures in my regions climate starting to climb, this has been a looming concern for the last couple of months. 

Since we are currently renting our casa, building a permanent structure, like this, is out of the question. With the occasionally very windy day, a ready-made version of a gazebo, like this, becomes problematic as well, not to mention our patio is just a tad too large for one to suffice, and so there's that... We would need 2 and really have no way to secure them adequately. 

The cantilevered umbrella seems to be a very viable option except that the price point puts most of them well beyond reach and I still need 2 to provide enough shade to make the backyard sufferable. 

Then I found these gorgeous specimens at IKEA... Sold! $200 for a pair, plus the cost of pavers to provide proper weight for the bases, about $16, and I am still coming in at a fraction of the cost of just one cantilevered umbrella from another retailer! Score! 

Ask me how long it took me to send the hubs down to the nearest IKEA to get these beauties? About 5 seconds... yep! done and done! I chose the white variety since the fabric is washable and I think white tenting and umbrellas look quite resort-chic... LOVE them. 

Outdoor 
DIY 
Mar
08
2012
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These are a beautiful way to store your recycling until recycle day! They can also be used to store craft papers, toys and fabrics! Think of your own clever use!

 

You can get two bins out of a full sheet of ply.

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!

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Circular saw or Table saw
  • Jig Saw
  • Nail gun
Lumber
  • Half of a 4x8 sheet of 1/2" ply for 1,
  • OR 1 and a half sheets of 1/2" ply for 3
Materials
  • Chalkboard tags or paint
  • 1" finish nails 
  • finishing supplies
Cut List

All cuts are made from 1/2" ply

 

  • 2 - 18 1/2" x 11 1/2" (sides)
  • 1 - 9" x 23" (front)
  • 1 - 23" x 15 1/4" (top)
  • 1 - 23" x 12 (back)
  • 1 - 23" x 15" (bottom)
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

Mark your side boards as pictured above and cut along the lines. You can either use your jig saw to cut out the hole thing (just drill a hole inside where the handle will be so that you can get your blade in it) or use a 3/4" paddle bit to drill two circles, and then use your jig saw to cut a line between them to create the handle). You'll be making two of these.

Step 1
Step 2

Attach the front to the sides with glue and 1/2" finish nails. 

Step 2
Step 3

Attach the back, with glue and 1/2" finish nails.

Step 3
Step 4

Attach the top, using glue and 1/2" finish nails.

Step 4
Step 5

Turn the bin over, and attach the bottom, gluing and nailing.

Step 5
Step 6
Step 6
Finishing Instructions

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

Note

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Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! 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 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.

May
31
2011
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We are currently renting our home, and sadly that means the wonderful chalkboard painted walls I see in dining areas have been off limits to me. Until now... This project is also perfect for the commitment-phobe who can't pull the trigger on painting an entire wall with a dark color!

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

Under $25

Tools
  • Saw – this is optional and you can have your lumber store cut your sheet of MDF down for you into a size you can transport easily as well as into the sizes necessary to frame out your MDF with 1x2’s.
Lumber
  • 1 Sheet of 1/2” MDF – you can also use 3/4” but 1/2” will be less expensive.
  • 5 – 1x2 at 8’ – this is optional if you would like to trim out your mdf to give it a framed look. This is my plan as soon as I decide if I will change the color.
Materials
  • 1 Qt. Chalkboard Paint in a color of your choice
  • 1 – Ultra Fine Foam Roller
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

Begin by cutting your sheet of MDF in half width wise if you haven’t already, into 2’ x 8’ sections. Dust them off well to remove any debris and sawdust so your paint will apply more perfectly.

Step 1
Step 2

I like to use a small disposable trim cup with my small-ish roller because it is easy to hang on to, and roll the roller on the flat edge to remove excess paint. You can tell from the picture I haven’t disposed of it yet and I don’t plan to anytime soon, so it’s money well spent in my book!

Step 2
Step 2
Step 3

Begin to roll a thin coat of your paint onto your boards being carefull not to overlap onto the edges if you don’t intend to frame them out. The other option might also be iron on edge banding and then you could paint right on top of it, but I didn’t do this since I do plan to frame them out one of these days… Once that first coat has dried, start again with another thin coat and be sure you are covering every section of the board. If you have been thorough in your coats of paint (note I said thorough, not thick…just sayin’) you may be able to get away with just the 2 coats!

Step 3
Step 4

The paint product suggests you need to let it cure for 3 days before conditioning.

Step 4
Step 5

To condition, you need to prime your surface with chalk! This is the fun part, truly! Slather that baby up using the side of your chalk and cover the entire surface!

Step 5
Step 5
Step 6

Then simply wipe it down and use till your hearts content! If your boards are as large as mine you may thenneed to then wipe down your entire surrounding area as well, talk about a dust storm of chalk! I am sure I took a few years off my life inhaling it…in fact perhaps a mask is a good idea! eek..

Step 6
Step 6
Finishing Instructions

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

Note

So what do you think, is the green the way to have gone or do you think I might like the black more? I am feeling super indecisive about it…

DIY 
Living 
Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! 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 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.

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