May
28
2016
The Design Confidential x AVE Home In the Raw // Beautiful Pieces Both Custom + Convenient

We are a community of Makers here at TDC... wouldn't you say? Of course by 'we', I truly mean all of you - in addition to me! As it happens, a great many of you - hundreds and hundreds to be exact - contact me on a regular basis to ask where you can purchase ready made pieces of furniture or custom furniture because you aren't able to build, or simply don't prefer to. I know you will flip your lid and jump for joy when I share all of the juicy details about the exciting launch of RAW by AVE Home. Created specifically for the DIY'er and Designer who want high quality pieces for your own custom finishes.

The Design Confidential x AVE Home In the Raw // Beautiful Pieces Both Custom + Convenient

I have had the pleasure of getting to know a few of their pieces, on an intimate level, and the craftsmanship is nothing short of amazing. I have often complained of the difficulty of staining pine, and that is no joke - it is tough, especially if you are a beginner. But through the process of finishing this gorgeous table for outdoor use, I stumbled across a new technique that I will be sharing with you shortly and reaffirmed my belief that 90 percent of your staining success, involves sanding. The Jax Pedestal Table you see here, sitting so pretty, arrived in a state of flawless sanded bliss. It was so perfect in fact, that I didn't dare sand it any further and contemplated leaving it be entirely...

The Design Confidential x AVE Home In the Raw // Beautiful Pieces Both Custom + Convenient

Alas... the weather and climate in Northern California don't really allow for that, so I chose the next best thing - a clear, waterproofing sealer with UV protection, and a light varnish suitable for marine use. The original state of this table made for the easiest most seamless finishing process I have ever experienced. The. End. Inclement weather not included of course, and that alone made for prolonged drying times and tricky timing in between sporadic spring rain and humidity.

The Design Confidential x AVE Home In the Raw // Beautiful Pieces Both Custom + Convenient

Delivery was fast, like lightning speed and the price points are marvelous. As you enjoy Memorial Day weekend here in the US, take a moment to check out their goods - shipping is free for the newest member of your household through June 3rd, so get clicking and start browsing. Based in beautiful New Orleans, all of the AVE Raw pieces are available for purchase online and it is a mighty fine collection of pieces at that.

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

Got pests and weeds? Ortho has you covered. Trust the Ortho® family of products to provide solutions to pest and weed problems in and around your home. Visit Ortho.com to learn more

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

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