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Jul 19, 2017

How to Make a DIY Vintage-Inspired Sawhorse Trestle Desk

When I came across this awesome vintage-inspired trestle desk this week, it struck all my favorite things: warm wood tones, a modern industrial vibe, and nothing extraneous, just a nice big surface and some shelves. It was "inspired by an antique French architect's table," and it's just all kinds of industrial cool. 

Except there's one problem...   

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Jul 19, 2017

How to Build a Modern Coffee Table from Scratch

Editor's Note: This project is an excerpt from the new book The Art and Craft of Wood: A Practical Guide to Harvesting, Choosing, Reclaiming, Preparing, Crafting, and Building with Raw Wood by Silas J Kyler and David Hildren. The book is available now at your favorite local bookstore, Powell's, or Amazon. Thanks to Quarry Books for sharing this project with us. 

Building furniture is what first drew me to woodworking. The first coffee table I ever made was for my mom. It was a surprise gift, and I worked tirelessly, hour upon hour, to create something I was proud of. I remember the unveiling well, and the joy it gave her was well worth all the hard work.

The projects to this point have been small and technically much easier than building a piece of fine furniture. Going from making a serving tray or lamp to a coffee table may feel like a big step, and in many ways it is, but practicing with small projects gives you all the skills you need to approach a simple piece of furniture. Remember: with a good dose of patience, you will be well on your way to creating beautiful furniture.

I had a particular set of mesquite slabs in mind when envisioning this coffee table. The tree came from my neighbor’s front yard. When it was removed, they simply asked the crew to leave the trunk behind for me to gather. As I was giving this tree a new life, I could step outside my shop, look across the alley, and see where it lived and died. I could also see where the logs sat and seasoned for two years, driving my wife crazy.    

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Jun 15, 2017

How to Make a Folding Farmhouse Table from Reclaimed Wood

Make your own folding farm table

On the side, my wife and I sell some of our handiwork at craft fairs, barn sales and vintage markets. When we got started, we had mostly folding plastic tables and white table cloths. And as you know, nothing, except maybe a grilled hot dog on a paper plate on the Fourth of July, looks its best on a folding plastic table and white table cloth.

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Sep 01, 2016

How to: DIY Dining Table for a Crowd from Reclaimed Wood

created at: 08/31/2015

A simple but functional DIY table for eight, made from reclaimed materials loaded with character? What's not to love?    

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Aug 12, 2016

Make This: Bench That Converts Into A Picnic Table

What started as a backyard space-saving idea became a beautiful and versatile piece of furniture that's sure to inspire other convertible furniture ideas. Instructables.com user jordi D started with a couple of similar design ideas he'd seen online and then adapted them to fit his own specific aesthetic.   

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Aug 10, 2016

Make This: Simple DIY X Side Table

Side TableWe're betting there are plenty of places a great looking side table would fit in your house. Here's a simple and sturdy design that's plenty strong, and easy to whip up in a weekend.

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Jul 21, 2016

How to: Make the Ultimate Workbench for Your Basement or Garage

created at: 07/21/2016

I don't think I've mentioned this on ManMade, but earlier this year, my wife and I bought our first (and hopefully last) home. It was a big deal, both emotionally and financially, and looking in one of the wildest and fastest changing real estate climates in the country, we got pretty lucky that our first offer was accepted. It's a solid home that we can afford, and it sits in a close-in neighborhood that's super liveable and great for walking, commuting by bike, and public transit. I totally love it. 

And...of course, when you own your own home, you get to mess with it. No more landlords to tell you what to do, no more wasting time and money investing in customizing a place that you'll only be in for a little while. And of course, as a DIY blogger, I had my sights set on the two most important spaces in the house: the garage and the basement.    

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Jun 23, 2016

How to Build a Table from a Single Sheet of Plywood

Ah....the 4x8' sheet of birch plywood. A timeless DIY material, strong, dimensionally stable, and full of crisp lines and repeated grain patterns. It's great for everything from workshop jigs to cabinet carcasses to casework to... a full sized dining table?   

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Jun 02, 2016

Make This: Concrete Top Coffee Table

Finished TableWe're seeing more concrete tops in today's designs, and we're loving it. Concrete is durable, highly customizable, and looks great. Here's a great project to learn how to make this material work for you.  

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Apr 21, 2016

Make This: DIY Outdoor Coffee Table

x tableAs we start spending more evenings on the porch, it's time to make it a more comfortable place to entertain. Here's a great outdoor coffee table to hold your drinks while enjoying the night.  

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Jan 27, 2016

Daily Inspiration: WWII Ship Hatch Turned Coffee Table

Ship HatchWhen I stumbled onto this excellent coffee table project, it completely inspired me to think about all the items I pass up. An only WWII Ship Hatch needed a second life and with a bit of creative making, it was transformed into a seriously awesome coffee table.  

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Dec 01, 2015

Make This: Modern Wooden Side Table from a Serving Tray

Head to any discount store or the cookware section of a higher-end grocery store, and you'll all kinds of cool acacia and olive wood and walnut cutting boards and serving strays with rich, striking grain patterns. 

The DIYer will, of course, then say: we should totally make something out of those.    

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Nov 10, 2015

Make It: DIY Sofa Table With Outlets

PlugsI'm always looking for a place to set my glass when I'm sitting at the couch. Build this simple table with outlets that fits between the wall and the sofa so you can keep your drink close, and no more digging around behind the couch to plug in your laptop.

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Nov 03, 2015

Sand Casting on The Beach: Artist Makes Furniture from Molten Metal and Sand

Pewter DeskSometimes we just love to see a craftsman have some fun with a design. Most of the time all we see people make on the beach is a sagging sand castle. A designer decided to take some time to craft a pewter desk using sand on the beach as the mold and it turned out amazing.  

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Sep 24, 2015

How to: Custom DIY Dining + Work Table Made from Repurposed Wood Scraps

"There's a lot of wood out in the world free for the taking," says Will Holman. So much, in fact, he was able to cobble together a wide variety of materials found "in dumpsters, back alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings, recycling yards, and architectural salvage centers."  The results? A 10'x30" dining/work table constructed entirely from the free, repurposed lumber, and a little elbow grease and ingenuity.    

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Aug 17, 2015

Build This: DIY Affordable Dining Table for Six

X-Table PB InspiredA few years ago my wife handed me a catalog and told me she "must have" the table inside. After I took a look at the design (and the price tag), I was inspired to build it myself.  

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Jul 02, 2015

Make This: Scrap Lumber Side Table

created at: 07/02/2015

Looking for a clever way to use up all that scrap wood? Here's a side table project that will turn that cluttered lumber pile into something useful. Quick and easy pocket hole joinery make it a project that's done in an afternoon.  

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May 21, 2015

Make It: DIY Scrap Wood Dining Table

You know those random lengths of leftover hardwood stock and plywood that you collect project after project, never knowing what you'll do with them, but knowing they're too great to get rid of.

You should turn 'em into a table.    

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May 11, 2015

10 Amazing Coffee Tables to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

If you drink coffee as much as I think you might, chances are you're in need of a good coffee table. Or could use a coffee table upgrade. Or just need a little design inspiration.   

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Apr 27, 2015

How to: DIY Industrial Spool Table

Cutting a SpoolOne of the best Industrial tables I've seen comes from an old recycled wire spool. Here's a great DIY on making one yourself.  

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