Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kid's Playhouse

I was asked by my son's school to build a playhouse for their annual school auction and I dug around online for a few days and finally decided on a set of plans I liked.  I went with the one pictured below, however, I decided to not use cedar since they wanted the playhouse painted.
Overall, it probably took about 60-70 work hours to complete, obviously, the painting took a while, but it turned out great!
This is a picture from the plans I purchased.
Getting the base built...

Framing it out...

Putting on the exterior, used 5/8 for sides and 3/4 for roof and floor...

Braces for the roof...

Now onto the porch...

Went with a bright green with white trim, and I painted the inside floor brown...

Ready to load onto trailer...

I put a double dutch door on the playhouse...

Just used some wood I had to build a mailbox, spray painted in in chalkboard paint so you can put whatever you want on there...

And the 2 lucky boys that the house will be going to this week are actually my nephews, so know they will get many years of enjoyment out of it and I'll get to see it from time to time!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Console Table

One of my best friends got married a while back and for their wedding gift, I wanted to build them a piece of furniture.  I had purchased a piece of 1x12 from Lowe's a couple of years ago because I thought it looked cool and finally found the right project for it.
I decided to build them a console table since they don't take up a lot of room and they are very versatile, so they could use it for any number of things.
I started out with a general idea in my mind of what I wanted to do.  The main portion of the table was essentially done since I had a 1x12 piece of wood for the top.
I decided to frame the sides using 1x4's.  Here is picture of the joints I did with my Kreg Jig.
And here is picture of the top, really cool piece of wood that had 1x4" sections of different pieces of wood, just pretty unique!  I framed the sides with 1x4's as well of course.

Closer picture of the top.

The sides have been attached to the top and did a mock up to see how
I wanted to do the legs.

Mocked up, but I decided to not do 2x4's for the legs and instead did two 1x4's butted up together, thought it gave it a more modern look and matched the 1x4's on the top.

I did a couple coats of stain on the top and Kristin used chalk paint on the legs, then distressed them and stained the distressed areas.  Really turned out great and hope Matt and Betsy will get some good use out of it!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Kids' Work Bench

My son has been asking for me to build him his own work bench for a while now and I finally got a chance to do it this weekend.  The good think about a kid's work bench is that you don't need a lot of materials to make one.  I bought a 2x4 sheet of plywood and peg board, a few 2x4's and some wheels and that was basically all it took.  It should be able to handle any projects that he wants to do.  Only thing left to add is a shelf on the bottom.

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Chalkboard Wall Hangers II

Didn't want the other post about these to be too long, so same description, but different pictures...
After doing the chalkboard serving trays that I found on Shanty 2 Chic, I had a couple of 1x
12's sitting around and some knobs and decided to make some that you could hang.  These are fun to make, just need a piece of wood, you can buy a 1x12 from Home Depot and have them cut it down for you, so you don't even have to do the cutting.  Get some stain, chalkboard spray paint and some knobs and you are all set.
The hardest part is cutting down the knobs.  I have been using ones that I got from Hobby Lobby, but they have about a 2" thread on there, and you only need about 1/2", so cutting it down takes some time.  I have used a jig saw and file saw, using a clamp to hold the knob, so just be careful with that part.
Once you have them cut down, drill a pilot hole, put some liquid nails on there and screw it in.  Then tape off how big you want your chalkboard area to be and I do 2 good coats of the spray paint and it works great. 



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