The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room

The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room

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by Ana White
     
 

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Create a Beautiful, Modern Home with One-of-a-Kind DIY Furniture
Beds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It's easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensible collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular blogger who has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit. As

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Create a Beautiful, Modern Home with One-of-a-Kind DIY Furniture
Beds, organizers, Adirondack chairs, a play table, and more! It's easy to build inexpensive, quality furnishings with this indispensible collection of woodworking projects from Ana White, the popular blogger who has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit. As a young mom on a tight budget, Ana learned to make her own well-designed pieces inspired by the styles in her favorite stores—saving thousands of dollars in the process.
Now, in this reference for woodworkers of all skill levels, Ana shares everything she has learned along the way. Inside The Handbuilt Home you'll find:
• Plans for 34 versatile furniture projects for every room in your house—from beginner-friendly home accessories to sturdy tables, a media center, kids’ items, and storage solutions
• Comprehensive information on using off-the-shelf lumber and basic equipment—almost every project can be made with a drill, a saw, and some hand tools
• Easy-to-follow instructions, costs, and time estimates to guide even the most amateur of carpenters through any project
You don’t need to be physically tough or superstrong to make your own furniture, and it’s okay if you don’t know that a 2x4 doesn’t actually measure 2 by 4 inches. All you need is the determination to create a better home for yourself or your family and the confidence to say, “I can build that.”
 

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Publishers Weekly
Ever wrestled with nails, screws, and hex wrenches on “ready to assemble” shelves, chairs, or tables, all the while thinking that you could just as easily make the same design cheaper and better from scratch? If so, White cheers you on. Her principles—“keeping plans simple, using standard off-the-shelf materials and working with the most basic tools” make for well-thought-out projects even a rank beginner would itch to try. Each piece of furniture is identified with icons for difficulty, cost, and time required, so you don’t get caught unawares mid-project. The proof of this DIY book’s value is in the “Getting Started” section, which describes simply the tools you’ll need. You can use this book to build 34 simple designs, such as tables (including a Lego coffee table), chairs, beds, and benches. Author and blogger White (ana-white.com), who first built furniture during her newborn’s naptime, still remembers her fear of firing a nail gun. Those of us who still feel that fear should be glad she’s there as a guide. (Oct. 9)
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"Ever wrestled with nails, screws, and hex wrenches on 'ready to assemble' shelves, chairs, or tables, all the while thinking that you could just as easily make the design cheaper and better from scratch? If so, White cheers you on…You can use this book to build 34 simple designs, such as tables (including a Lego coffee table), chairs, beds, and benches. Author and blogger White (ana-white.com), who first built furniture during her newborn's naptime, still remembers her fear of firing a nail gun. Those of us who still feel that fear should be glad she's there as a guide." Publisher's Weekly

"[Ana-White.com] led to White's first book, The Handbuilt Home, which features simple furniture plans to help readers take a crack at construction. The key to getting started? Don't be intimidated. 'We're more capable than we think,' White says."O, The Oprah Magazine

Library Journal
Targeting a female audience with little or no woodworking experience, White (anawhite.com) intends to instill confidence in her readers. Furnishing projects are arranged by room. Organization is consistent, with a chart for each project indicating the skill level, time, and costs required. Instructions are numbered to correspond with drawings, but despite promises, details on construction are lacking. Most of the projects are attractive, but those at beginning level are unimaginative. VERDICT Generally a nice collection, but beginners will need tool instruction. Pair this with Fox Chapel's "Missing Shop Manual" series (Table Saw: The Tool Information You Need at Your Fingertips & others). Recommended for public libraries with popular woodworking collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307587329
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
137,652
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.66(h) x 0.56(d)

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Meet the Author

Ana White is a mother and homemaker from Alaska whose popular blog Ana-White.com is one of the most trusted resources for helping people improve their homes by building furniture. An avid do-it-yourselfer, Ana is a self-taught furniture maker who learned her skills while building her own home. She has designed thousands of furniture projects, inspiring people to create attractive, budget-friendly pieces.

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The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Useful projects plans are well laid out and clearly explained. The book tells you up front who the intended audience is. And it does an excellent job encouraging and guiding these folks. I am somewhat an experinced novice (huh?) and found the projects practical and fun to build. (I've built 3 of them.)
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