DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Mirror Frame

An Easy to Build Frame For an Inexpensive Mirror

My daughter has one of the inexpensive $5 mirrors in her room (I call them “dorm mirrors”). Every time I walked by her room and saw that mirror, I would remind myself to build a new frame for it so it didn’t look so cheap! Since we are remodeling Big Brother’s room for her to move into, I figured it would be the perfect time to build the frame. The DIY furniture plans to build a simple mirror frame are just that – simple! The frame has a 1×4 base with a trim profile along the inside and outside edges. The mirror fits inside the inner opening, and a 1/4″ piece of plywood keeps the mirror in place. I knocked this frame out in about two days plus, it matches the letter jewelry hanger I made for her room!

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Mirror Frame - Completed View

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Mirror Frame - Close Up Corner

Materials:

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

Tools needed:

  • Miter saw or circular saw
  • Table saw, optional
  • Drill
  • Pocket hole jig

Lumber:

  • 4 – 1×4 at 6′ OR
  • 2 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 3 – 1″ square dowels
  • 3 – 3/4″ square dowels
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 19″ – Frame Base
  • 2 – 1×4 at 47-3/4″ – Frame Base
  • 2 – 3/4″ square pieces at 12″ – Inner Trim
  • 2 – 3/4″ square pieces at 47-3/4″ – Inner Trim
  • 2 – 3/4″ x 1″ pieces at 20-1/2″ – Outer Trim
  • 2 – 3/4″ x 1″ pieces at 56-1/4″ – Outer Trim
  • (If using 1″ square dowels, they will be cut to the same length as the 3/4″ x 1″ pieces.)
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood at 12″ x 47-3/4″ – Back

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Mirror Frame

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Notes about the project:

I ripped the trim pieces from a 1×4. If you are not comfortable enough to safely rip pieces this narrow on a table saw, use square dowels instead. Most home improvement stores sell them in 3′ or 4′ lengths.

The mirror I used measured 12″ x 47-3/4″ without the frame. Measure the mirror you are using before cutting any of the pieces and adjust the plan accordingly.

Step One

Cut the pieces for the frame base. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the longer pieces. Assemble the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Mirror Frame -frame-base

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the inner trim (3/4″ square). Each piece will have a 45° miter at each end. Make marks on the inside edge of the frame 1/4″ from the back. This will allow the trim to create a 1/4″ inset on the back of the frame and maintain a 1/4″ profile on the front. Secure the trim pieces along the inner edge of the frame base using a fast-drying adhesive and clamp in place until dry.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Mirror Frame -inner-trim

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the outer trim (3/4″ x 1″ OR 1″ square dowels). Each piece will have a 45° miter at each end. Secure the trim pieces along the outer edge of the frame base using a fast-drying adhesive and clamp in place until dry.

Finish the frame as desired. I used a coat of stain in Kona and finished with two coats of satin polyurethane.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Mirror Frame -outer-trim

Step Four

Insert the mirror in the inset on the back of the frame. Cut the 1/4″ plywood to fit, then secure in place using washers and screws (I used soda can tabs – see photo!) or duct tape.

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Mirror Frame -back

DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Simple Mirror Frame - soda-can-tab

Add a hanger to the back of the frame if desired. My daughter’s mirror will just lean against the wall.

Have any questions about the DIY furniture plans to build a simple mirror frame? Leave a comment below – I’m here to help!




Directional Framed Chalkboard for the Power Tool Challenge

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard

This month’s project for the Power Tool Challenge is something Fall-ish… It is so hard to believe that Fall is knocking on the door! While my project isn’t exactly Fall-ish, it is something I plan to use it for our annual Halloween shindig. Plus, it can also be used on virtually any holiday, party, or just as a decoration! The angles are easy to cut (nothing super-fancy here) and this project can be completed in a day. (For the record, there is nothing wrong with the chalkboard itself in the photo – my daughter leaned against it while helping me photograph it and I didn’t notice it!)

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Featured

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • Sandpaper (80 grit, 120 grit, 220 grit)
  • Paint or stain of choice
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Hanging hardware or a French Cleat

Lumber:

  • 1 – 1×4 at 6′
  • 1 – 3/4″ square dowel at 4′ (or 2 at 3′)
  • 1 – 2′ x 2′ sheet of 1/2″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 18-1/2″ x 22-1/2″ – Chalkboard
  • 1 – 3/4″ square dowel at 19-1/4″ – Narrow Frame Top
  • 1 – 3/4″ square dowel at 23-1/4″ – Narrow Frame Side
  • 1 – 1×4 at 7″ – Arrow Head
  • 1 – 1×4 at 7-1/2″ – Arrow Tail
  • 1 – 1×4 at 22-3/4″ – Arrow Frame
  • 1 – 1×4 at 26-3/4″ – Arrow Frame

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard

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Step One

Cut the piece for the chalkboard itself. With the pocket hole jig set for 1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in all four edges of the plywood.

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the narrow frame from the 3/4″ dowels. Cut a 45° miter in one end of each piece – the other end will remain square. Secure the dowel pieces to the 1/2″ plywood using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The back face of the plywood will be flush with the back faces of the dowels.

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Frame & Board

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Narrow Frame

Step Three

Cut the pieces to length for the head and the tail. For the head, draw a line across the center of the board, then draw lines from this point to the opposite end. Cut 45° angles in each side.

For the tail, this takes a few more fancy lines… Refer to the drawing for the placement of the lines, or my photo for a visual!

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Head & Tail

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Tail Marking

Step Four

Cut the pieces for the arrow side and bottom, Cut a 45° miter in one end of each piece and the other end will remain square like the dowels. Drill pocket holes in the straight ends of each piece, as well as the mitered end of one piece. Assemble the arrow portion of the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. I placed the pocket holes in the miter too close together and had to add a third hole!

Secure the head and tail to the corresponding ends using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Arrow 1

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Miter

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Arrow Tail

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Arrow Head

Step Five

Secure the arrow portion of the frame to the chalkboard. As you can see in the photo, I cut my pieces a tad too short so I had to cut a 45° miter in the 3/4″ dowels so that the arrow portion of the frame would fit. Use glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws, and position the frame so that the back face is flush with the back face of the chalkboard (even with the narrow portion of the frame).

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Arrow 2

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Arrow Tail Frame

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Arrow Head Frame

Finish the frame as desired. I forgot to photograph this step but I stained the frame first. Once the stain and sealer were dry, I taped off the edges of the frame and used the chalkboard paint. I applied three coats, lightly sanding between coats.

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Finished

The cool thing about the chalkboard paint is that it doesn’t just have to be black… There are chalkboard products that can be tinted to a wide variety of colors and there is a clear chalkboard coating that is applied over paint!

DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard_Completed

Here are some of the other super-cool projects from the Power Tool Challenge:


The DIY Arrow Frame Chalkboard is an easy project that looks so fabulous in any room. Have any questions? Leave a comment below!

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Organize a Desk with Easy to Build Caddies

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers

Desk organization is always a must and quality desk organizers can be really expensive. Here is an inexpensive set you can build and customize to match your decor! The DIY plans to build Desk Organizers feature a pencil cup, a file holder, and a caddy with divided spaces, all constructed out of 1/2″ plywood. The entire set can be constructed in a few hours!

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Edge banding, if desired
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/2″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 2″ x 4-1/4″ – Pencil Cup Sides
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 2″ x 2″ – Pencil Cup Bottom
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 3″ x 4-1/4″ – Pencil Cup Front & Back
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 10-1/4″ – File Holder Bottom
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 9-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ – File Holder Sides
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 4-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ – File Holder Front
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 5-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ – File Holder Back
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 6-1/4″ X 13-1/4″ – Caddy Bottom
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 5-1/4″ x 7″ – Caddy Sides
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 5″ x 12-1/4″ – Caddy Center Dividers
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 2-3/8″ x 5″ – Caddy Center Dividers
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 3-1/2″ x 13-1/4″ – Caddy Front
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 7″ x 13-1/4″ – Caddy Back

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers

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If using edge banding, it will be applied to the exposed edges prior to assembly.

Pencil Cup

Cut the pieces for the pencil cup. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Secure the front and back using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers_Pencil Cup Sides

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers_Pencil Cup FB

File Holder

Step One

Cut the pieces for the file holder. Draw the curves on the side pieces maintaining the front and back dimensions. Cut out the curves using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

The sides will be flush with the side edges of the bottom, and will be positioned 1/2″ back from the front and back edges of the bottom. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers_File Holder Sides

Step Two

Secure the front and back pieces to the side pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers_File Holder FB

Caddy

Step One

Cut the pieces for the caddy. Draw the angles on the sides and the center pieces, then cut using a jigsaw or a bandsaw. Secure the sides to the bottom using glue an 1-1/4″ brad nails. The sides will be flush with the side edges of the bottom, and will be positioned 1/2″ back from the front and back edges of the bottom.

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers_Caddy Sides

Step Two

Assemble the center dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails. Secure the center dividers to the sides and bottom using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers_Caddy Center 1

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers_Caddy Center 2

Step Three

Secure the front and back pieces to the side pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Plans to Build Desk Organizers_Caddy FB

Finish as desired.

The desk organizer pieces would great to organize art supplies for the kiddos, makeup and hair accessories in the bathroom, and craft supplies! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build Desk Organizers? Leave a comment below!




Power Tool Challenge – One Board Project

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger

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It is time once again for the monthly Power Tool Challenge with this month’s theme being a “one board” project… For my project, I chose to build a DIY wood letter jewelry hanger with a 1×4 board. This board isn’t exactly a standard length such as 6′ or 8′ – it is a board I found in the cull bin at The Home Depot that is only 5′ long (I got a super deal on it!).

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger

This jewelry hanger is for my daughter, Hannah (or normally known as “The Han”), and matches her style perfectly! My oldest is moving out of the house and Han – excuse me, The Han – gets to do what most other younger siblings look forward to doing… She gets to move into her big brother’s old room. Over the next several weeks, we have plenty of awesome projects planned for her new space!

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - with Jewelry

As for this project, it is one of the easiest to make and the concept can be adapted to other letters. The trim around the letters has a 1/4″ profile over the base letter with mitered corners. I secured the trim using a fast-drying wood adhesive, such as DAP® Rapid Fuse Wood Adhesive, in lieu of nails or screws.

I started by cutting two pieces of the 1×4 at 12″ and one piece at 3-1/2″ long. I drilled pocket holes in the 3-1/2″ piece, staggering the holes so they wouldn’t interfere with each other. I centered the shorter piece on the longer 12″ pieces and secured them using 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - Pieces for Letter

I ripped the remaining piece of the board on the table saw into 1″ strips. (Always use common-sense safety practices when using power tools. Be aware and not distracted when cutting boards close to the blade.) I thoroughly sanded all of the pieces prior to cutting.

I cut a 45° miter in one end of the 1″ pieces and started measuring for the trim. I cut the pieces for the outside first, then worked my way around securing the trim pieces with wood adhesive.

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - Mitered Trim

For the finish, I applied a coat of stain in Kona, followed by a coat of stain in Sunbleached, then finished with two coats of Triple Thick Polyurethane, all by Varathane.

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - Stain

I added a pair of antique brass cup hooks to one “leg” of the letter for hanging necklaces, and another pair of cup hooks with a pair of jewelry box pulls on the other “leg”. I also added two keyhole hangers with screws to the back for hanging.

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - Hangers on Back

Build a DIY Wood Letter Jewelry Hanger - Hooks and Loops

Take a look at the other awesome one board projects from my fellow blogging friends:

One board projects by the Power Tool Challenge Team

An easy to make wood letter doubling as a jewelry hanger using hooks and jewelry box pulls. Super-easy to make!

Amazing, as always! Have any questions about how to build a DIY wood letter jewelry hanger? Leave a comment below!




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

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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!

Have any questions about the DIY plans to make a wood desk set? Leave a comment below!




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

Have any questions about the DIY wall mounted shelf with crown moulding? Leave a comment below!




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

Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Vegetable Gathering Basket? Leave a comment below!




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.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DAP Products Inc. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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

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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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