Easy to Make Desk Set for Organization

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set

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The groans happy squeals of students looking forward to going back to school can be heard everywhere so why not get them started off right with a super-fancy desk set? The DIY plans to make a wood desk set feature a magazine or paper organizer, a tray to hold supplies and a square pencil cup. The best part about these plans is that there are no fasteners involved! Yep, it is true… I used a fast-drying adhesive to assemble the set! The set is quick and easy to make with no delay in getting the school year started off right (and you can do your happy dance)!

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set

Materials:

Tools Needed:

Lumber:

  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

Magazine/Paper Holder

  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 11-3/4″ – Back End
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 4″ – Front End
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 3-3/4″ x 9-1/4″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 9-3/4″ x 11-3/4″ – Sides

Pencil Cup

  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 2-3/4″ x 4″ – Ends
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 3-1/4″ x 4″ – Sides

Supply Organizer

  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 2″ x 5-1/2″ – Ends
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 11-3/4″ – Bottom
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 1-3/4″ x 11-3/4″ – Long Divider
  • 3 – 1/4″ plywood at 1-3/4″ x 2-5/8″ – Short Dividers
  • 2 – 1/4″ plywood at 2″ x 12-1/4″ – Sides

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Notes about the project:

Measure the plywood you are using in this project to make sure it is 1/4″ thick. If it is not, a few adjustments will have to be made. For example, the ends and bottom of the magazine holder can be cut as normal but the sides may have to be cut slightly narrower. It will be the same for the sides of the pencil cup and the sides of the organizer.

Magazine/Paper Holder

Cut the pieces for the magazine/paper holder. Apply a bead of glue along the shorter edges of the bottom and position the end pieces on each side. If using Rapid Fuse, it sets up very quickly otherwise a few light clamps may have to be used.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Magazine Holder Ends & Bottom

Apply a bead of glue along the side edges of the ends and the bottom, and position one of the sides aligning the pieces with each other. Repeat for the other side.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Magazine Holder Sides

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Magazine Holder Sides 2

Pencil Cup

Cut the pieces for the pencil cup. Apply a bead of glue along two opposing edges of the bottom and position the end pieces on these edges.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Pencil Cup Ends & Bottom

Apply a bead of glue along the side edges of the ends and bottom, and position one of the sides on top aligning all of the edges. Repeat for the other side.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Pencil Cup Sides

Supply Organizer

Cut the pieces for the supply organizer. Apply a bead of glue along the shorter edges of the bottom and position the side pieces on the edges.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Organizer Sides & Bottom

Mark the center of the sides and bottom. Apply a bead of glue along each short edge and one long edge of the long divider, then position the long divider along the center line.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Organizer Dividers 1

Mark the position of the shorter dividers. Apply a bead of glue along one short edge and one long edge. Position the shorter dividers on the bottom against the long divider.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Organizer Dividers 2

Apply a bead of glue along the edges of the shorter dividers, the ends and the bottom, and position one of the side pieces on these edges.

Apply a bead of glue along the side edges of the ends and bottom on the opposite side and position the remaining side piece on these edges.

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Organizer Sides

I used walnut plywood that was plain on the reverse side. I used the walnut side on the inside of each piece then covered the outside with scrapbooking paper and Mod Podge. The outside can be painted or stained, or finished however desired!

DIY Plans to Make a Wood Desk Set - Scrapbooking Paper

An easy to make wood desk set with no fasteners that can be customized with paint or scrapbooking paper! Perfect for back to school!

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Easy to Build Wall Mounted Shelf

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding

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When I decided to build the wall mounted desk from a set of previously posted plans, I was going to end up with a blank space above the desk on the wall. I wanted to build something plain and simple while using up part of my hoard of crown moulding scraps. This DIY wall mounted shelf with crown moulding is another really easy and inexpensive build. I used scrap pieces of plywood for the base with the scrap crown moulding, then added a reverse stenciled scroll on the front with cobalt blue glass knobs for hanging things. The shelf is the perfect width for photo frames or other small items.

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding

Materials:

Tools Needed:

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 8′ piece of crown moulding

Cut List:

  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 12″ x 46-1/2″ – Shelf Base
  • 1 – 1×4 at 54-1/2″ – Shelf Top
  • Crown moulding is cut to fit

Notes about the project:

I used a crown moulding jig to cut the crown for the shelf. There are several other ways to cut crown moulding – use the method you’re most comfortable with!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the shelf base and top. Mark the center of each piece (along one long edge of each piece). Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes along one long edge of the base piece. Line up the marks and secure the base to the top using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding - Cut Pieces

Step Two

Cut the crown moulding. There are a couple of options for this shelf… If you don’t want to mess with cutting the outside corners or angles or basically giving yourself a headache, the crown moulding can be cut straight then secured to the base and top, and the length of the top can be shortened. Since I like to “challenge myself”, I cut the crown moulding with angles on each side and added a return so that it wrapped around the sides of the shelf. The only problem is that I cut the returns too short. I left them that way and it still looks fine! I secured the longer piece of crown with 1-1/4″ brad nails, then secured the side pieces with the DAP® Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive (this stuff is awesome!).

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding - Crown

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding - Crown Return

Step Three

I pre-drilled the holes for the knobs then decided to used a swirly design on the front of the shelf base. I painted the base grey, then applied the vinyl swirl and painted everything white. Once the paint was dry, I removed the vinyl.

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding - Swirl Design & Paint

Step Four

I installed the keyhole hangers on the back of the shelf, then installed the knobs. (See the how-to on painting clear glass knobs here!)

When it came time to install the shelf on the wall, I used auger anchors in the drywall, then hung the shelf on screws. I added a couple of old (really “old” by the kids’ standards) family photos!

DIY Wall Mounted Shelf with Crown Moulding with Desk

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Cutting Larger Circles with a Bandsaw

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw

The bandsaw is one of my favorite tools to use. I like the versatility it offers when cutting pieces for chair legs, basket handles and tabletops. I have been commissioned to make new tables for the break room at work with 42″ round tops. Since the jigsaw and I are not “close friends”, I will need to cut the tops on the bandsaw which requires me to build a DIY large circle cutting jig for the bandsaw. I have a smaller jig that I use all the time for cutting circles but it wouldn’t be able to cut anything larger than about 14″ in diameter.

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw

This jig features a bed stop and folding legs with casters on the end to make it easy to store. The casters will also help when feeding the jig and the material through the saw.

Materials:

  • 3/4″ brad nails
  • 2″ brad nails
  • 4 – 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws (or regular screws)
  • 2 – strap hinges
  • 2 – single direction casters (not swivel casters!)
  • Wood glue
  • 1 – 2″ roofing nail (to be used as a pivot)

Lumber:

  • Strip of wood to fit in the miter gauge slot of the bandsaw
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1 – 2×4 at 8′
  • Scrap piece of 1×2 at 18″
  • Scrap piece of 1×3 at 24″
  • Scrap piece of 2×4 at 24″

Cut List:

  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 2′ x 4′
  • 1 – 1×3 at 24″ – Fence
  • 1 – 1×2 at 5″” – Bed Stop
  • 2 – 2×4 at the height of the bandsaw table
  • 1 – 2×4 to brace the legs

Notes about the project:

Constructing and sometimes using the jig requires two people for safety. Always use common sense safety practices when using power tools!

Step One

Install the fence on the bandsaw as far away from the blade as possible. Measure the distance from the fence to the miter slot at the edge closest to the blade.

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw - Measuring Saw Bed

Step Two

Draw a line across the length of the plywood piece at the center on both sides. Draw a line along the width of the plywood piece at the same measurement from the fence to the miter slot. Secure the strip of wood along this line for the runner with glue and 3/4″ brad nails.

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw - Runner for Miter Slot

Step Three

Secure the 1×3 fence piece on the plywood using glue and 2″ brad nails.

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw - Attaching Fence

Step Four

Turn the bandsaw on and place the plywood piece on the saw bed with the runner in the miter slot and the wood fence against the saw fence. Make sure you have a helper to balance the plywood on the saw bed! Push the plywood through the saw to cut a kerf for the blade, stopping at the horizontal line drawn on the board. Turn the saw off. (You can also cut along this line with a jigsaw to make it a little wider.)

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw - Cutting Kerf

Step Five

Leave the plywood in place and position the scrap 1×2 on the underside of the plywood piece against the saw bed. Secure the 1×2 using glue and 2″ brad nails through the top of the plywood piece into the 1×2. This piece will act as a stop once it contacts the saw bed. Remove the plywood piece from the saw bed. (I forgot to photograph this step!)

Step Six

With the saw on a level surface, measure the distance from the floor to the top of the saw bed and subtract the height of the casters. For example, the distance from the floor to the top of my saw bed is 44″. The casters I am using measure 2-3/8″. The total measurement is 41-5/8″”. Cut two 2×4 pieces at this length. Secure the casters to one end of each 2×4 piece.

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw - Casters on Legs

Step Seven

Secure the hinges to the opposite end of each piece. Secure the hinges to the bottom of the plywood piece with the sides of the the legs flush with the sides of the plywood.

Cut a 2×4 piece to fit between the legs. I drilled pocket holes in each end and secured the piece to the legs using 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws. If you do not have a pocket hole jig, the bracing can be cut longer to overlap both legs then secured in place using 2-1/2″ screws. (I did not photograph this step, either!)

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw - Hinges on Legs

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw - Hinges on Jig

To cut circles with the jig:

Measure from the saw kerf on the jig along the horizontal line and make a mark indicating the radius of the circle you are cutting. Drill a 1/8″ hole on the line. Insert a roofing nail through the hole on the underside of the jig.

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw - Radius Hole

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw - Roofing Nail

Locate the center of the piece that will be cut in a circle. I usually draw lines from corner to corner of a square piece. Where they intersect is the center. Drill a 1/8″ hole. Cut the material into a hexagon shape so that it will easily pass the fence.

Place the piece that will be cut into a circle on the jig with the roofing nail through the hole. Turn the saw on and slide the jig in the miter slot until the stop on the underside of the jig makes contact with the saw bed. Pivot the material on the roofing nail while on the jig as the saw cuts the material into a circle!

Build a DIY Large Circle Cutting Jig for a Bandsaw - Completed Circle

Click here to go to another post I wrote about cutting circles on a bandsaw with a jig. This is one of the easiest ways I know to cut circles of any size! Have any questions about how to build a DIY large circle cutting jig for the bandsaw? Leave a comment below!




Power Tool Challenge – Summer Edition

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket

Once again, it is time for the Power Tool Challenge… This month’s theme is Summer! Since summer generally involves picking lots of fresh fruits and veggies from the garden, I created DIY plans to build a Vegetable Gathering Basket. This easy to build basket features a wood frame with a mesh bottom and a curved handle, and can be completed in a few hours! I’ve also included templates for the curved handle.

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Featured Image

Note that the veggies pictured are not mine (they are courtesy of the local grocery store and my weekly budget!)… We’ve had a lot of rain and my garden has yet to produce any – ahem – “produce”. Hopefully soon!

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Top View

Materials:

  • 2″ brad nails
  • 1-1/2″ screws
  • 1/2″ staples
  • 1/4″ hardware cloth
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • 1″ Paddle (or Spade) bit, or 1″ hole saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Router with small roundover bit
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor
  • Metal snips
  • Heavy Duty stapler
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×3 at 6′
  • Scrap of 1×6 at 16″

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×3 at 10-1/2″ – Frame
  • 2 – 1×3 at 16″ – Frame
  • 1 – 1×6 at 16″ – Handle

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Notes about the project:

Print the templates (here and here), and tape them together at the registration marks. Cut out the template with scissors.

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Template

Step One

Cut the 1×6 piece for the handle to length. Trace the the handle template on the board. Cut out the handle using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

Mark the center of the holes for the handle and drill the holes with the 1″ paddle bit or hole saw. I usually start drilling on one side, then flip the piece over and continue drilling from the other side. This creates a much cleaner hole with less tear-out.

Draw lines connecting the top and bottom of the holes and cut along the lines with a jigsaw.

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Handle

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Tracing Handle Tempate

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Handle Holes 1

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Handle Holes 2

Step Two

Use the router with the roundover bit to round the top of the handle (both sides of the board) as well as the inside of the handle (both sides, also).

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Router Bit

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Routed Handle Edges

Step Three

Drill a pilot hole in the top edge of the ends of the handle to attach the handle to the frame. Set the handle aside.

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the frame. Assemble the frame using glue and 2″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Basket Frame

Step Five

Cut the hardware cloth 2″ larger on all sides than the bottom of the frame opening. Cut a 2″ x 2″ notch in each corner (approx. 8 squares), and fold 1″ over on each side of the mesh. Fold the mesh at 1″ again (even with the notches) to make a sort of basket. Set the basket aside.

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Mesh Basket 1

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Mesh Basket 2

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Mesh Basket 3

Step Six

Finish the handle and frame as desired. I painted the handle and frame (except for the inside) in the example using white paint and added a wood applique to each side of the handle.

Position the basket inside the frame and secure in place using 1/2″ staples. Position the handle on the frame in the center of the sides securing in place with a 1-1/2″ screw in each of the pre-drilled holes.

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Handle Screw 2

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Handle Screw 2

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Handle Attached

DIY Plans to Build a Vegetable Gathering Basket - Angled Top View

This easy to build Gathering Basket is perfect for a summer fuit and veggie harvest!

Like this project? Check out the project from my partners on the Power Tool Challenge team:

Frozen Treat Stand by My Love To Create

Red White And Blue Cornhole Game by Create And Babble

Drying Rack From Old Crib rail by The Kim Six Fix

Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy by Interior Frugalista

Star Clothes Drying Rack by A Piece Of Rainbow

Farmhouse Bench Building Plans by Refresh Restyle

DIY Standing Towel Rack Tutorial by H2OBungalow

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase by Confessions of A Serial DIY’er

DIY Footstool by Virginia Sweet Pea

DIY Hose Hanger by My Repurposed Life

Power Tool Challenge Team Summer Themed Projects

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An Easy to Build Mirror Frame

DIY Plans to Build an Espana Mirror Frame

Everyone has a mirror in their home and every once in a while, it is nice to update the frame. The DIY plans to build an Espana Mirror Frame are super-easy to construct, and also easy to customize to fit an existing mirror. The frame is constructed with off the shelf lumber with a carved piece at the top and a shelf, and can be completed in a couple of hours!

DIY Plans to Build an Espana Mirror Frame_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • Carved scroll piece for the top
  • Mirror measuring
  • Mirror clips, glazier points, or picture framing tabs
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×3 at 6′
  • 1 – 1×6 at 4′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×3 at 35″ – Sides
  • 2 – 1×6 at 17″ – Top & Bottom
  • 1 – 1×4 at 22″ – Shelf

DIY Plans to Build an Espana Mirror Frame

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the frame. Draw the arc on the top edge of the top piece and cut out using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material, and drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×6 pieces. Assemble the frame as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Use a router and a 3/8″ rabbeting bit to cut a 3/8″ wide by 3/8″ deep rabbet on the inside of the frame. Use a chisel to square out the corners.

DIY Plans to Build an Espana Mirror Frame_Frame

Step Two

Cut the piece for the shelf. Cut the rounded corners using a jigsaw or a bandsaw, and drill pocket holes along the back edge. Secure the shelf to the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Glue the decorative scroll on the front of the frame, clamping in place until dry.

Finish as desired.

DIY Plans to Build an Espana Mirror Frame_Shelf

Step Three

Place the mirror in the frame and secure in place using mirror clips, glazier points, or picture framing tabs.

DIY Plans to Build an Espana Mirror Frame_Carving & Mirror

The mirror frame would also look fabulous as a regular photo frame. The mirror can be replaced with a chalkboard, dry erase board, or decorative punched aluminum and used as a jewelry organizer! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build an Espana Mirror Frame? Leave a comment below!




A Fabulous Project with DAP® Rapid Fuse™ Wood Adhesive

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand for Candles, Flowers, etc.

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I am so excited about this project! Not only did I get to create a plan to build a DIY three tier wood stand, I also got to try RapidFuse™ Wood Adhesive, a new product from DAP®. This product is so amazing and will be my new go-to adhesive for a lot of my woodworking projects!

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Adhesive

DAP® Products, Inc. is based in the USA and is a trusted leader in caulks, sealants and adhesives for more than 150 years.  After just 30 minutes of drying time, DAP® RapidFuse™ Wood Adhesive can be planed, sanded and stained with no damage to the bond. The joints are strong and water resistant, and RapidFuse™ is suitable for interior or exterior applications. Plus, it does not require an activator and is repositionable for up to 3 minutes. Trust me when I say RapidFuse™ Wood Adhesive came in really handy when gluing all of those wood beads in place! DAP® RapidFuse™ Wood Adhesive can be purchased at most home improvement stores.

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand

Materials:

  • 3/8″ dowel pins, at 1-1/2″ long
  • DAP® Rapid Fuse™ Wood Adhesive
  • 3/8″ wood balls
  • Wood Finial with a 3/8″ post
  • 6″ wood base
  • 1″ felt pads
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw or handsaw
  • Jigsaw or Bandsaw
  • Drill with a 3/8″ drill bit
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 1 – 2′ x 2′ sheet of 1/2″ plywood
  • 1 – 1″ round dowel rod at 3′

Cut List:

  • 3 – 1″ round dowels at 7″
  • 1 – 1″ round dowel at 2″
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood circle at 12″ in diameter
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood circle at 9-1/2″ in diameter
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood circle at 8″ in diameter

Step One

Draw the circles on the sheet of plywood and cut them out with a jigsaw. They can also be cut out using a jig and a bandsaw. Drill a 3/8″ hole all the way through the center of each circle.

Step Two

Cut the pieces of 1″ round dowel rod. Drill a 3/8″ hole (approximately 1/2″ deep) in the center of each end of the dowel pieces.

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Dowel Pieces

Step Three

Drill a 3/8″ hole in the center of the wood base. Use a handsaw to cut one of the dowel pins to approximately 1-1/4″ long. Insert one end of the dowel pin into one end of the 2″ long piece of round dowel. Apply a thin bead of RapidFuse™ Wood Adhesive around the dowel pin on the bottom of the dowel, then position the round dowel piece on the base (with the other end of the dowel pin in the hole). Let the RapidFuse™ set.

Apply a thin bead of RapidFuse™ along the edge of the base and secure the wood balls in place. The base I used has a routed edge and the balls fit perfectly inside.

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Securing Dowel to Base

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Unfinished Base

Step Four

Insert a dowel pin into one end of each round dowel piece. Insert the finial into the end of one of the round dowel pieces (opposite the dowel pin). This will be the top piece.

Apply a thin bead of RapidFuse™ around the dowel pin on the bottom of the round dowel piece then insert the dowel pin through the hole in the 8″ round plywood piece. Allow the RapidFuse™ to dry. Apply a thin bead of RapidFuse™ to the open end (the end opposite the dowel pin) of another round dowel piece, then insert the dowel pin that is sticking out from the bottom of the 8″ circle seating the dowel rod firmly against the bottom of the circle. Repeat with the 9-1/2″ circle and ending with the 12″ circle, layering the pieces and ending at the base.

I also used RapidFuse™ to secure a few of the wood balls around the bottom of the finial where it meets the round dowel.

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Applying Adhesive

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Layering the Pieces

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Unfinished Top

Finish the stand as desired. I used a dark brown stain to give the stand a rustic look. Add the felt pads to the bottom of the base.

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Unfinished

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Completed

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Candles

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Finished Top

Build a DIY Three Tier Wood Stand - Finished Bottom

I really love the RapidFuse™ Wood Adhesive and can’t wait to use it in other projects. It set up very quickly and made the joins very strong on the cake stand. Have any questions on how to build a DIY three tier wood stand? Have you used RapidFuse™ Wood Adhesive? Leave a comment below! For more info, connect with DAP Facebook!

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DIY Ballard Designs Knock-Off Stand or Stool

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool

Thee is nothing I like more than browsing furniture catalogs looking for inspiration. Trust me when I say I am usually impressed by the prices! There are so many pieces that can be made at home (a “knock-off”, if you will) for a fraction of the cost. The DIY furniture plans to build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool is a super-simple plan to make a high end piece.

This little stool features round dowels in the lower ends of the legs with 1×2 framing at the top of the legs, mainly to secure the seat. I painted my stool using chalk paint and created a stencil for the top, also painted with chalk paint.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool-Completed

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (16 total)
  • 1-1/2″ screws (4 total)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • 1″ Forstner bit
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Rubber mallet
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1″ dowel rod at 36″
  • 1 – 1×2 at 16″
  • 1 – 2×2 at 26″
  • 1 – 2×12 at 11-1/4″

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 8″ – Legs
  • 4 – 1×2 at 4-1/2″ – Upper Connectors
  • 4 – 1″ dowel rods at 5-3/8″ – Lower Connectors
  • 1 – 2×12 at 11-1/4″ – Top

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs. On one side of each leg, draw a line 2″ up from the bottom and mark the center of the line. Using the drill with the Forstner bit, drill a hole 1/2″ deep (approximately the depth of the bit itself) in each leg. Lay the legs side by side with the holes facing up. Turn two of the legs to the left and turn two of the legs to the right. Draw a line 3″ up from the bottom on the face of the legs, mark the center of the line and drill a 1/2″ deep hole with the 1″ Forstner bit.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool-Forstner Bit

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool-Dowel Holes

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool-Second Holes

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the upper and lower connectors. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the 1×2 connectors. Secure an upper connector to one of the legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Use the rubber mallet to tap one of the dowel pieces into one of the holes. Position another leg on top of the dowel rod and tap into place. Make sure that the hole for the dowel corresponds to the hole in the other leg. In other words, if the dowel rod is tapped into a lower hole (2″ from the bottom) with the upper hole facing up toward you, the opposite leg should have the lower hole facing in toward the other leg with the upper hole facing up. Secure the other end of the upper connector with glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Using the same method (and the same corresponding holes) create the other leg assembly.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool-Leg Assembly

Step Three

Secure the remaining upper connectors to one leg assembly on the same face of the leg as the hole that is facing up. Tap the dowel rods into place, then secure the upper connectors to the remaining leg assembly tapping the legs with the mallet to seat the dowels in place.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool-Stretchers

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool-Assembled

Step Four

Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on one face of the 2×12 piece to find the center. Using a compass or the string/push pin method, draw an 11-1/4″ diameter circle. Cut out the circle with a jigsaw – or if you are adventurous, cut the circle with a jig on the bandsaw. (I created the top to my stand using two 1×12 pieces because that is what I had on hand.) I forgot to photograph this step but I’m sure I didn’t need to – it is a no-brainer!

Step Five

Paint or stain the stand pieces as desired. I created a stencil from vinyl but any stencil can be used. I used black chalk paint to paint both pieces, then used white chalk paint for the graphic on the top. I sealed both pieces with wax, using one coat on the base and two coats on the top.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool-Top View

Once the paint and wax are dry, flip the top over with the face down and center the base on it. Use the drill to toenail a 1-1/2″ screw through each upper connector into the underside of the top.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool-Close Up

That is all there is to building this cute little stool! It can also be used as a stand for plants or vases. Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Knock-Off Stand or Stool? Leave a comment below!

This post originally appeared on Domestically Speaking where I am a contributor. All of the content in this post is my own.




Power Tool Challenge – Spring Edition

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin

This month’s Power Tool Challenge theme is Spring… If it hasn’t yet “sprung” in your area, it will be shortly and with Spring comes thoughts of gardening. For us, that means a vegetable garden and I figured we’d need a place to store all of the fabulous fruits, veggies and herbs we plan on growing. The DIY furniture plans to build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin is a super-simple build featuring spindle legs, casters and mesh bottoms in each of the bins. In all honesty, this piece took longer to paint than it did to cut and assemble!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Finished Featured Image

Graphic

Materials:

  • 1-3/4″ brad nails
  • 2″ brad nails
  • 2″ casters with sleeves
  • 8 – 2-1/2″ angle braces with 3/4″ screws
  • 1/4″ hardware cloth (galvanized mesh)
  • 1/2″ staples
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Pneumatic brad nailer with compressor (or battery powered nailer)
  • Metal snips to cut the hardware cloth
  • Pneumatic stapler
  • Drill bit to drill hole in legs for casters

Lumber:

  • 4 – 36″ spindles (I used treated spindles used for deck rails)
  • 1 – 1×8 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×8 at 8′

Cut List:

  • 4 – 1×8 at 11″
  • 4 – 1×8 at 18″

Step One

Cut the pieces for the bin boxes. Assemble the boxes using glue and 1-3/4″ brad nails. The longer pieces will overlap the ends of the shorter pieces.

Install the angle braces at the center of each joint on the inside. The braces help keep each of the bins square since there is no ridgid bottom.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Bins Constructed

Step Two

The spindles will be cut down to accommodate the boxes. They can be used as is, if desired, but I felt there would be too much space between the boxes. I cut 3-1/4″ off of one end of the spindles (for the top box), and 4″ off of the lower end of the spindle to allow for the casters and a space to attach the lower box.

Drill a hole in the bottom end of the spindles to accommodate the caster sleeve. See the manufacturer’s instructions for bit size and depth of the hole.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Spindle Legs

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Holes in Ends of Legs

Step Three

Secure two of the legs to one of the boxes (with the top edges flush) using glue and 2″ brad nails through the spindle into the end of the longer pieces of the box.

Position the legs on the lower second box so they overhang by about 2-1/4″. Secure the lower portion of the legs to the box using glue and 2″ brad nails.

Secure the remaining two legs to the opposite side of the boxes.

Paint or stain the bin as desired. I chose not to paint the inside of the bins.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Fully Assembled

Step Four

Cut two pieces of hardware cloth at 17″ x 21″ (very important – wear gloves!). Cut a square out of each corner so that there won’t be any extra mesh in the corners. I forgot to measure the cuts at the corners but if you hold the mesh over the top of the box, it will be easy to determine what needs to be cut away. Fold the edges of the hardware cloth (approximately 1″ or 4 squares), then fold the sides into a basket-like shape so that the piece will fit inside the bin. Secure the hardware cloth in place with 1/2″ staples. A hammer can be used to flatten the fold at the top of the wire.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Wire Bin

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Inside View of Wire Bin

Install the casters.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Caster

I also added vintage drawer pulls (spray painted white) to the sides and a fabulous graphic from The Graphics Fairy.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Handle Painted

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Handle Installed

Here are the projects from my fellow bloggers:

Chevron Wood Easter Egg by Kim Six Fix

Wooden Swing Shelf by Domestically Speaking

Wooden Easter Eggs by Create And Babble

Repurposed Easter Cross by Prodigal Pieces

Planter Box Centerpiece by Refresh Restyle

Upcycled Drawer Front Planter by Confessions of A Serial DIY’er

Rustic 3 Panel Wall Decor by Designed Decor

Key West DIY Wood Planter Box by H2OBungalow

Baseball Bookends by Virginia Sweet Pea

Chair Back Bird Feeder by Interior Frugalista

Wood Slice Rolling Plant Stand by My Repurposed Life

They always have the most awesome projects!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Quarter View

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin - Top View

If the bin is constructed entirely out of treated wood, it can be used as a planter… I may make that next! Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Fruit and Vegetable Bin? Leave a comment below!




Framing Peg Board for Pretty Organization

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board

I love using peg board! Not only is it the perfect material for organization but it can be customized to match your decor in so many ways! The DIY furniture plans to build a Framed Peg Board feature a wide frame with mitered corners and decorative narrow trim on the front. The frame has a routed rabbet on the front that the pegboard sits in. This allows for a 1/2″ gap between the pegboard and the wall for the hooks to be easily inserted. I used the biscuit joiner to assemble the frame – pocket holes or flat corner braces can also be used. This super-easy project is suitable for all skill levels!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Featured Image

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Close Up Angled View

Materials:

  • #20 biscuits OR
  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws OR
  • 2 sets (of four) 2-1/2″ corner braces
  • 3/4″ brad nails
  • Hangers for the back
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools Needed:

  • Miter saw
  • Biscuit joiner OR
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Drill
  • Router with a 1/4″ rabbeting bit
  • Pneumatic nailer/stapler with compressor (or battery operated type)
  • Sander

Lumber:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 8′
  • 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ thick pegboard
  • 2 – 8′ pieces of trim, approximately 3/4″ wide

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 30-1/2″ – Frame
  • 2 – 1×4 at 54-1/2″ – Frame
  • Peg board cut to fit opening
  • Trim cut to fit

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the frame and cut 45° miters in each end. I assembled my frame using a biscuit joiner and #20 biscuits. Pocket holes can also be drilled in the mitered edges of the shorter pieces, then the frame can be assembled using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. A third method is to use two flat corner braces at each corner to assemble the frame.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Frame

Step Two

Set the router bit 1/4″ deep and cut a rabbet along the inside of the frame. Since I used biscuits to assemble my frame, it didn’t matter what side of the frame I cut the rabbet on. If using pocket holes or flat corner braces, the rabbet will be cut on the side opposite the pocket holes or braces.

Step Three

Measure the length and width of the opening in the center of the frame from rabbet to rabbet. Cut the pegboard to fit, if necessary. Also, cut a small portion of each corner away so that the pegboard will fit into the frame without chiseling the corners.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Peg Board

Step Four

Paint the frame, pegboard and trim separately. The pegboard can be secured to the frame inside the rabbet using 5/8″ staples, or a bead of Liquid Nails or similar adhesive.

Cut the decorative trim to fit, covering the edges of the pegboard in the rabbet. Secure the trim using 3/4″ brad nails. I cut the trim I used by hand with a saw and a miter box. I filled the holes then touched up the paint.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Trim

Step Five

Add hangers to the back – keyhole hangers or D-tab hangers work well. I used soda can tabs with screws and washers.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Angled view

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Framed Peg Board - Close up of thread

This piece is perfect for any room and can be customized with stencils, like I used. It would work well in a bedroom, bathroom, craft room, home office or kid’s room. Have any question about the DIY furniture plans to build a Framed Peg Board? Leave a comment below!




Organize and Display Spice Jars with a Mini Spice Rack

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack

Since I’ve really been into clean eating and cooking, I needed a way to keep my spices neatly organized. I found some tiny Mason jars at Target that were perfect for spices and I needed a a way to store them. I created the DIY furniture plans to build a Mini Spice Rack specifically for the tiny jars and the plan is also customizable for other sized jars by just changing the width, height and depth. I used decorative punched aluminum on the back and metal ribbon (purchased from Hobby Lobby) on the front to act as retainers. This is an inexpensive build that costs very little and can be completed in a couple of hours.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack - Featured

 

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 5/8″ staples
  • Decorative punched aluminum
  • Spray paint
  • Metal ribbon and upholstery tacks (1/4″ x 1″ strips of wood can also be used)
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Tools needed:

  • Miter saw or jigsaw
  • Pneumatic brad nailer/stapler with compressor
  • Sander
  • Metal Snips

Lumber:

  • 3 – 1/2″ x 2-1/2″ x 2′ craft boards
  • 3 – 1/2″ x 1″ x 1″ craft boards (wood rulers would be a great choice!)

Cut List:

  • 4 – 1/2″ x 2-1/2″ craft boards at 10-1/2″ – Top, Bottom & Shelves
  • 2 – 1/2″ x 2-1/2″ craft boards at 12-1/2″ – Sides
  • 3 – 1/4″ x 1″ craft boards at 11-1/2″ – Front Retainers*

(* = if not using metal ribbon)

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut all of the pieces to length. Thoroughly sand each board.

Step Two

Assemble the spice rack using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. The top, bottom and shelves are spaced 3-1/2″ apart.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack - Rack

Step Three

Cut the decorative aluminum to fit the back. I raided my scraps and did not have a piece that was big enough so I used two pieces with the join behind one of the shelves. Secure the aluminum to the back using 5/8″ staples (I used a pneumatic stapler). 1/4″ plywood can also be used.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack - Back

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack - Punched Aluminum

Step Four

Paint the spice rack and the retainers as desired. I used white spray paint and did not paint the retainer pieces.

Step Five

Secure the retainer pieces to the front of the shelves and bottom. If using 1/4″ wood, use glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails and if using metal ribbon, use upholstery tacks.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack - Retainers

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack - Metal Ribbon Retainers

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack - Retainer Close Up

The little jars I used measure 2″ wide by 2-1/2″ tall, and they have a chalkboard label on the top.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack - Jars

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Mini Spice Rack - Completed

If resizing the plan to fit different jars or bottles, adjust the length of the shelves if necessary, and lengthen the sides to accommodate the height. For example, if the jars being used are 4″ tall, the sides will be lengthened by 4-1/2″ and the shelves will be spaced at 5″. If there are any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a Mini Spice Rack, leave a comment below!