May
24
2016
When Nature Interferes with Fun / The Design Confidential x Ortho

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Spring is truly the only season of the year when it is possible to enjoy our outdoor living space here in Northern California. The days are numbered and summer comes fast and hard before we have even had a chance to stop and smell the roses. Naturally, with weather that is only beginning to warm and intermittent rain, nature can spiral out of control around here and start to take over in some less than enjoyable ways.

When Nature Interferes with Fun / The Design Confidential x Ortho

There is nothing I like less than having an unexpected visitor of the biting or stinging variety show up to my party uninvited… And when they bring enough plus 1’s to start a party of their own – well that doesn’t make anyone feel much liking dancing or laughing and a restful afternoon is utterly out of the question.

When Nature Interferes with Fun / The Design Confidential x Ortho

If the parties of my youth were any indication, things can get ugly faster than you know what hit you… and despite what anyone tells you, nobody likes to cry at their own party. So what is a gal to do when your outdoor living space goes from 0 to no fun in a minute flat?

When Nature Interferes with Fun / The Design Confidential x Ortho

Lucky for us, we don’t have to suffer pesky bugs, prickly weeds or teenage broken hearts for very long… Ortho’s party crasher fighting duo - Home Defense MAX Insect Killer and Weed B Gon are the perfect pair to help create a bug free perimeter around your home and a weed free zone for your lawn and garden. One simple application of Home Defense MAX Insect Killer can even end your worries about those sneaky pests that make their way inside. You know the ones I mean- the quintessential worst guests ever…

When Nature Interferes with Fun / The Design Confidential x Ortho

To be continued… who will prevail on this showdown between Ortho and my unwanted guests?

May
16
2016
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

This Robot Bookcase is out of this world! It has TONS of storage and super cute details. This piece would be great for a kid's room, or a fun conversation piece in any room of the house. Ok, earthling... let's get building!

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 on the site 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!

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
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase
Tools
Lumber

1 – 3/4” plywood at 2' x 2’ 
1 – 3/4” plywood at 4’ x 8’

Materials
Cut List

2 – 3/4” plywood at 11-3/4” x 15-1/4” – Foot Shelf Sides
1 – 3/4” plywood at 11” x 19-3/4” – Foot Shelf Bottom
1 – 3/4” plywood at 11-3/4” x 25-1/4” – Foot Shelf Top
1 – 3/4” plywood at 13-3/4” x 19-3/4” – Foot Shelf Back
1 – 3/4” plywood at 11” x 13-3/4” – Foot Shelf Wall
1 – 3/4” plywood at 1-1/2” x 19-3/4” – Foot Shelf Trim
2 – 3/4” plywood at 11-3/4” x 23-3/4” – Body Shelf Sides
2 – 3/4” plywood at 11-3/4” x 25-1/4” – Body Shelf Top And Bottom
1 – 3/4” plywood at 23-3/4” x 23-3/4” – Body Shelf Back
1 – 3/4” plywood at 11” x 23-3/4”  – Body Center Shelf
2 – 3/4” plywood at 11” x 11-1/2”  – Body Shelf Walls
1 – 3/4” plywood at 6-1/4” x 9-3/4”  – Neck
2 – 3/4” plywood at 11-3/4” x 16”  – Head Shelf Top and Bottom
2 – 3/4” plywood at 8” x 11-3/4”  – Head Shelf Sides
1 – 3/4” plywood at 8” x 14-1/2”  – Head Shelf Back
2 – 3/4” plywood at 4” x 4” (4" diameter)  – Ears
2 – 3/4” plywood at 6” x 19-1/2”  – Arms

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
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Cut the pieces for the Foot Shelf Sides, Bottom, and Top. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the tops of the Foot Shelf Sides and along the front and ends of the Foot Shelf Bottom. The Foot Shelf Bottom will be 3/4” up from the bottom of the Foot Shelf Sides and 3/4” back from the front edge of the Foot Shelf Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply Edge Banding to exposed plywood edges if desired.

Step 2
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Cut the piece for the Foot Shelf Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes along all four edges of the Foot Shelf Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. 

Step 3
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Next, cut the pieces for the Foot Shelf Wall and Foot Shelf Trim. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the tops and bottoms of the Foot Shelf Wall and at each end of the Foot Shelf Trim. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply Edge Banding to exposed plywood edges if desired.

Step 4
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Cut the pieces for the Body Shelf Sides, Bottom, and Top. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the tops and bottoms of the Foot Shelf Sides. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply Edge Banding to exposed plywood edges if desired.

Step 5
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Cut the pieces for the Body Shelf Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes along all four edges of the Foot Shelf Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. 

Step 6
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Next, cut the piece for the Body Center Shelf. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Body Center Shelf. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply Edge Banding to exposed plywood edges if desired.

Step 7
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Next, cut the pieces for the Body Shelf Walls. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the tops and bottoms of the Body Shelf Walls. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply Edge Banding to exposed plywood edges if desired.

Step 8
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Cut the piece for the Neck. Position as shown and assemble with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. Apply Edge Banding to exposed plywood edges if desired.  

Step 9
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Cut the pieces for the Head Shelf Sides, Bottom, and Back. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the tops and bottoms of the Head Shelf Sides and along all four sides of the Head Shelf Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Apply Edge Banding to the front of the Head Shelf Sides and Head Shelf Bottom if desired.

Step 10
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Secure the Head Assembly to the Neck as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. Finish the Head Assembly by securing the Head Shelf Top to the Head Shelf Sides and Back as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws. Apply Edge Banding to exposed plywood edges if desired.

Step 11

Cut the pieces for the Ears. Position as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. Apply Edge Banding to exposed plywood edges if desired.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase
Step 12
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Robot Bookcase

Cut the pieces for the Arms. Position as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. Apply Edge Banding to exposed plywood edges if desired.

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

May
16
2016
The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

This post is brought to you by TargetStyleShop the new Home collection in stores and online.

When I have entertaining on the horizon and the event isn’t related to a specific holiday, I love to create an experience that draws inspiration from a faraway place. For me a party is like a vacation, a place you can go for a brief period of time where you don’t have to focus on meals or cleaning and where you can and should get swept up in the moment and enjoy your time.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

The Louvre in Neon - Paris

As the host, creating this experience for other people can be stressful and tedious. Rather than a vacation, it has the potential to feel more like a chore, especially for those of us who are tasked with thinking of the details and implementing them. Most of the time, this stress doesn’t end until the party itself has ended. After a recent trip to Europe, my entertaining frame of mind has forever been changed. I now view simple and indulgent as being far more chic than any elaborate spread might be.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Pineapple Candle / Gold Fluted Tray / Ceramic Platter / Neon Tray / Cheeseboard / Recycled Glass Tumblers + Carafe / Decorative Lemon / 8" Plant Stand / Gold Pigeon / Gold Decorative Vase / Bottle Opener

Choose a Theme or Pick a Locale

On my recent trip overseas, I had the distinct pleasure of spending time in Paris and London. It was magical and unforgettable in every possible way. Both cities had such an extreme mix of old and new, opulent and rich in history, right alongside and mingling marvelously with minimal and modern. I was smitten and it was glorious. Since both countries were heavily invested in many of the tropical nations we know and love today, a celebration of the exotic can be seen everywhere you turn. From décor to cuisine, the wonder of the West Indies and a love of all things from the Far East, it was spectacular to see how these things have been incorporated in every aspect of life for both cultures.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Le Bon Marche, Paper Koi + Crane Installation - Paris

For this event, I hoped to incorporate a bit of inspiration from both the places I visited along with some of the more exotic places that have inspired them throughout the ages. Luckily, an eclectic mix of design styles is always amazing, don’t you think? With the vast amount of super stylish goods available at Target, I was able to bring this wild and varied look to the table (literally) in a far more inspired way than I could have imagined and with so much less stress from beginning to end.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Pineapple Candle / Neon Tray / Cheeseboard / Recycled Glass Tumblers + Carafe / Decorative Lemon / 8" Plant Stand / Gold Pigeon / Black Plates / Striped Napkins

Simplify and Focus on the Few

Having the opportunity to travel always leaves me full of inspiration and a completely new outlook on the type of lifestyle I would like to lead. It certainly brings light to all the ways I might enjoy the everyday moments so much more. Vacations are amazing like that, aren’t they? In London, they celebrate a way of life that is steeped in tradition. Meals are often elaborate and indulgent with a great many options on the menu. It’s beautiful and delicious, and such a big focus of the day. 

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Modern Gold Chainmail Ceiling Installation – Palace of Versailles

In contrast, the Parisian way of life is simplified and indulgent with far fewer options and much less fuss. While meals are also a large focus of the day in Paris, it is less about the process and more about the experience and enjoying the people you are with. The latter of these ideas is something that truly stuck with me and for this event I sought to recreate the ambiance I adored from both places with the more simplified sentiment of Parisian dining. The simple and chic sensibility that permeates every aspect of Parisian life was definitely contagious and I think in replicating a bit of it here, it made for a more relaxing setup and likely a more pleasant experience for my guests. I kept the food easy and paired down, yet sumptuous and delicious, with a few baked goods that work beautifully with either cheese or dark chocolate. An overabundance of fresh fruits was scattered about, to celebrate a bit of the exotic and of course bring that vacation-esque feel to the table that we all long for come spring.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Pineapple Candle / Gold Fluted Tray / Ceramic Platter / Neon Tray / Cheeseboard / Recycled Glass Tumblers + Carafe / Gold Decorative Vase / Decorative Lemon / 8" Plant Stand / Gold Pigeon

Throw Caution to the Wind and Have Fun

I am a firm believer in the fact that if you love it, it will work – as long as you ground it within your design and repeat it more than once. The same goes for entertaining. Mastering the Mix is often more about letting your guard down and taking risks than a set guideline for pairing patterns and colors. When done right, I often end up with elements that I wouldn’t otherwise choose to put together but in the end I am typically so very glad I did. This is precisely how the style direction for this spring event happened for me and the challenge of trying to create a feeling and an experience rather than directly placing the focus on the design elements themselves, gave me a whole new freedom in setting the table and choosing the menu.  It was glorious.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Modern Stairway Model – Victoria & Albert Museum - London

I walked the aisles at Target and chose individual items that reminded me of London and Paris. Rustic cheeseboards, global patterns, handcrafted ceramics, pineapples (a constant motif in London architecture), modern neon acrylic trays and a wide array of colors all reminiscent of the tropics and all grounded in a healthy dose of white, black and gold – just like these ancient cities themselves. It was so easy to find no less than one million items that would have been perfect and so chic, and oh so hard to narrow it down to what might actually fit on the table.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

My table is a melting pot of eras, materials and styles and somehow that made choosing the pieces carefree, fun and fabulous. With a theme that was based in variety and more about the ambiance, I had more options for décor and entertaining than I could actually cart home with me and a very low stress experience in the process of choosing the pieces to use. There were no rules to consider or strict choices to be adhered to – I just went for it and let the vacation vibe and carefree state of mind I was hoping to create, take the lead.

The Design Confidential Spring Entertaining with a Global Beat / Target x TDC

Target knocks it out of the park every single season and this spring is no exception. If you have entertaining on the calendar in the near future, you can be sure that you will find everything you need (and more – always more) to create an experience for your guests that you can enjoy right along with them. Let them do the heavy lifting and simply mix and mingle styles from their collections as you please.

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