Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Leaning Bookshelf • An Ana White Project

It's been ages, but we are back to building!

We started this project last January, but got pretty swept up in a busy year and essentially forgot about it. When the weather started to chill out and the autumn beer popped back up in the stores, I quickly remembered one of my favorite little hobbies.

I don't think I could have built this bookshelf on my own, though I have no doubt an experienced carpenter could whip this up in no time. The angle cuts were actually made by using a protractor, making them not the straightest, and I definitely worried at several points that this project was going to end up a mess. 

Thankfully, there was no need to worry, because I love it! I am very happy with this build, even it did technically take 11 months…

For the plans head over to Ana White's awesome site. Fair warning though: after building your own furniture you're going to start being horribly disappointed with the quality of things you pick up at the store!

A few thoughts:

  • Paint pre-assembly, it's much easier that way! Just don't paint the actual shelf sides until assembled –it's a tight squeeze when sliding them in, a layer of paint certainly wouldn't help.
  • I didn't like the look of the very rounded corners that are included in the plans, so instead of jigsawing the shelf edges as recommended, I simply sanded them down a bit.
  • Pocket hole jigs are pretty sweet.

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Farmhouse Bench" • An Ana White Project

Here is another build from Ana White's The Handbuilt Home. It's called the farmhouse bench (her site has another variety of it), and I am in love with this build. It was cheap, easy, and easy on the eyes! And if for some reason it no longer fits into our dining room decor someday, it is a very versatile piece. It's a sturdy little bench, and can be used anywhere you need a place to sit! The ledge on the bottom is also great for a little extra storage. 

Head over to Ana's site for other Farmhouse Bench plans or just pick up her book for the details on this simpler one!