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Homemade dining table.
Homemade dining table.

Moving to North Dakota in combination of having a real job meant it was time to get some real furniture. Recently, I have been watching a lot of HGTV and the DIY network. When I watch many of these show, I often find myself thinking, “I could do that.” The only problem was that I didn’t have any tools, however starting from scratch with furniture can be an enormous expense. Because of this, I was somehow able to convince my wife that instead of buying furniture, I could buy some tools and build the furniture, which might even be cheaper (which it was). This way, when I was done, we not only had furniture, but also tools.

When starting any new project, the internet can be your best friend (particularly if you don’t know what you are doing). We came up with a list of items to build, and then I came up with a list of tools. Things to build included:

Dining table
Bookshelves
Coffee table
End table

Future builds may include beds and a kitchen island, but we are just starting with what we had an immediate need for.

After several internet searches, I presented several choices of these items to the wife and she picked her favorites. Some of the items we either modified for size of our space or for utility. Here are links to the items we chose:

http://www.domesticated-engineer.com/2012/02/24/farmhouse-table-part-2/
http://ana-white.com/2012/03/plans/kentwood-bookshelf
http://ana-white.com/2012/07/plans/rustic-x-coffee-table
http://ana-white.com/2012/08/plans/rustic-x-end-table

 

Below are pictures and a video of the construction process on these items.

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