May
27
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

It's official... you need an outdoor living space for the summer months ahead, so go for it and build a super stylish sofa and solve your seating woes in just a few hours... I promise you will be so happy you did and so will I when you share your success with all of us in a showcase post.

// The cushion option here that will work best is the Threshold Outdoor Deep Seating Cushion which retails for $29 and five or six 18" toss pillows for the back. 

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 an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

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 DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
Tools
Lumber
  • 9 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 3 – 1x4 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x4 at 26” – End Tops
  • 4 – 2x4 at 19” – End Bottoms and End Middles
  • 4 – 2x4 at 21” – End Backs and End Fronts
  • 5 – 2x4 at 88” – Front Bottom, Back Bottom, and Back Slats
  • 1 – 2x4 (ripped down to 2-3/4”) at 88” – Seat Support
  • 1 – 2x4 at 6” – Seat Support Leg
  • 10 – 1x4 at 23” – Seat 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
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

Cut the pieces for the End Fronts, End Backs, End Tops, End Bottoms, and End Middles. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the End Middles and End Bottoms and in the top ends of the End Fronts and End Backs. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Repeat this step twice - making the Ends mirror each other with pocket holes facing the inside - once for each end of the Sofa.  

Step 2
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

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

Step 3
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

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

Step 4
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

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

Step 5
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Aegean Outdoor Sofa

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

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
22
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! The sleek design is perfect to display your potted house plants or garden beauties... and so easy and inexpensive that you could build several in a single afternoon. Play around with paint colors and plant stand heights on this build - you've got the time!  

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 an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand

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
$15-$25
Dimensions
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 1x2 at 8’  (you will only need approximately 2’ total)                               
  • 1 – 1” Wooden Dowel at 8’                                                          
  • 1 – 1/4” Wooden Dowel at 1’ (you will only need 6” total)    

       

Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 1x2 at 6-1/2” – Short Centers
  • 1 – 1x2 at 7-1/4” – Long Center
  • 3 – 1” diameter Wooden Dowel at 30” – Legs 
  • 6 – 1/4” diameter Wooden Dowel at 1” – Pins               
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
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand

Cut the pieces for the Short Centers and the Long Center. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes on the long sides of the Short Centers – these angled ends will attach to the Long Center. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Hole Screws. 

On the outer ends of the Short Centers and Long Center, drill two 1/4” diameter holes 1/2” deep as shown. Use a drill stop for a more precise drill depth. After drilling each hole, drop a dab of Wood Glue into each hole and insert a 1” long 1/4” diameter Pin into each hole.

Step 2
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand

Cut the pieces for the Legs. Drill two 1/4” diameter holes 1/2” deep as shown. Use a drill stop for a more precise drill depth. 

 

Step 3
The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Indoor / Outdoor Mid Century Plant Stand

After drilling the holes into the Legs, drop a dab of Wood Glue into each hole. Attach the Short Centers and Long Center to the Legs as shown by inserting the Pins, already glued into the Centers, into the holes in the Legs. Wood putty or caulk can be applied to the small gap on each side of the 1x2s that attach to the Leg if a smoother looking joint is 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
21
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

I'm excited to share this project with you guys because it marks my official entry into the world of air dry clay. I know everyone is doing it, at least all the cool kids are (probably explains why I am just now getting my hands dirty... literally). While this is a DIY tutorial on how to make your own fab mobile wind chime, since there are a million and one tutorials on how to use this stuff, I am keeping it short and sweet and just touching on a few of the things I found tricky or helpful.

The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

I will actually admit that my very first adventure into air dry clay was one of my biggest project fails... to date. like ever. so, so bad. Since that ridiculous flop I haven't managed to get my stash out of the deep dark box I hid it in, so there it has remained for the last year and a half. Yikes. A few weeks ago I decided to pull it on out and see if it was still usable and when it was, I decided to give it another test drive with Amber for a project I have had on my mind for a while now. When that seemed to go well, I worked up the nerve to make my mom a handmade mobile and wind chime for Mother's Day and it couldn't have turned out better if I wanted it too. There really is something to that whole 'getting your hands dirty' thing...

The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

These cool supplies were my secret weapons for getting this project to work and come together how I pictured it in my mind. It took a few tries to get the paint process right and find the right products to make the paint adhere and also waterproof this so it can be used outside in the wind.

It seems as though standard acrylic craft paints get a bit flaky and weird so I found that my Chroma Art Student paints and a final coat of Sculpey Glaze worked well as did the DecoArt patio paints which happen to be perfect for outdoor use all on their own.

MATERIALS //

// Amaco Stonex Self-Hardening Clay - White

// DecoArt Patio Paints or

// Chroma Art Student Acrylics

// Sculpey Glaze

// Waxed Paper

// Rolling Pin

// 220 Grit Sandpaper

// Nylon Fishing Line or Thin Wire

// Stick, Drift Wood or Dowel

The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

The steps for this are a bit self evident if you know anything at all about clay or even play-doh. Roll, make a circle shape with something and then pierce that sucker so you can hang it. I won't bore you with silly things... but I did find a few things helpful for making this process not so maddening. The first of these things is that it helps tremendously to work on wax paper. I was working on a different kind of non-stick surface and it wasn't working as I thought it might. The waxed paper helped so much, but ;use a gentle touch because if you roll your clay out with strength and vigor, it will tear and get stuck to your clay... that is annoying so avoid that. A rolling pin, dowel or even a tension rod as I am using above will work to roll your clay into a flat smooth surface.

The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

As for thickness, you will want to aim for your discs to be somewhere around 1/8" thick which is a compromise between durability and being thin enough to make the gorgeous sound these make when they 'chime'. I used a highball glass to create the larger discs and a champagne flute for the smaller discs. You will need 6-8 large discs and 6-8 small discs depending on whether you want 4 dangly pieces or 3. I chose 3 so I used 6 of each size. Also, pushing inward on your cut out is a far easier way to get your discs out than hoping for them to come out any other way.

The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

Once you have your discs cut out, I found it easiest to smooth the edges with my finger. This helped any areas that got crazy in the process of trying to get the disc out of the glass. There were many of those instances so get your finger ready to do some smoothing. Also dipping your finger in water first helps and is also a great way to smooth the top surface as well as the edges.

The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

I used the bottom end of a toothpick to create the hole I will use to string these babies up. I found it was important to pierce it on one side, then flip it and pierce it again on the other side. Then let these cute guys dry for at least a day or so then sand gently using a very fine sand paper to really perfect things. This last step was a game changer for any of those awkward areas that absolutely happened during this whole process.

The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

Paint as you wish, just be sure that if you use acrylic paint of any sort that you seal it properly with a glaze to make it waterproof and durable.

Once everything has dried, you can begin to string up your discs. I used a nylon fishing line and looped it around and through each disc hole twice before securing it with a knot three times. I am constantly overkill in the securing department so this may not be necessary, but I live in a windy area so... who knows.

The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

Here is the crucial step for ensuring that you get a gorgeous sound when these clack together. Overlap and secure your small discs above the large discs by about the bottom third of them. This gives them enough area to clack together when they sway in the wind and really makes the prettiest sound.

The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

Once you have your bottom pair secured, fasten your top pair in place about 3 inches up. Above you see only the large disc in the upper pair so just something to note.

The Design Confidential DIY Ceramic Mobile and Wind Chime

Secure each strand of your clay discs onto your wood piece and hang them at various heights so you can maximize the sound they make on their own and also when they clack against each other. It is glorious and I hope you make one of these for yourself or someone special. It's such an enjoyable thing to work with clay and this is a project you can't really mess up so just dive right in and enjoy! If you want to share pictures of your own version of this project, share on social media using the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and be sure to tag me so I see it! My handle is @thedesconf on twitter and @thedesignconfidential on Insta and FB.

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