DIY projects for the beginner

 

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How to make a DIY shelf unit
Use meranti to make a simple yet practical wall-mounted shelf unit. For this shelf we show you two methods of joining the boards together; using a biscuit jointer or using a Kreg pockethole jig. You can also use dowel centres and dowels to join the boards together.
Basic wood cubes make stunning modular storage units
Over the years I have often extolled the uses for a basic cube, whether you add a shelf, a couple of drawers, or a door, you can make basic cubes out laminated pine, meranti or your choice of hardwood. I saw these modular storage units on a home shopping site in the Netherlands. So simple to make yet stunning when put together.
Cheat's diamond-tufted ottoman
I love the look of diamond-tufted furniture, but getting it right requires patience and plenty of practice. After this weekend I had spare pieces leftover from the DIY Divas ottoman workshop and decided to show you an easy way to get the look of diamond-tufted upholstered pieces... with a small cheat!
Drop-leaf desk for home office or child's study desk
This compact wall-mounted desk has a drop-down flap that serves as a worktop for a laptop that takes up very little space in a small home office or child's bedroom. When not in use the flap is easily closed to create a neat and tidy workspace.
Make storage bookcases for home or office
When you work from home, whether full time or part time, storage is essential. Building a couple of side-by-side bookcases using MDF provides ample storage for files and storage baskets, and even space to include a few decorative accessories to add a personal touch to the space. 
Sandpit with seating and lid
Young children love a sandpit and can spend hours with a bucket and spade make sandcastles and having fun. This sandpit has a lid that can be easily placed over the top to keep out cats and ensure the sand stays clean. It also doubles as a daybed or play platform when not used as a sandpit.
Gorgeous outdoor dining tables you can make
If you haven't yet set up a space for outdoor dining, we have put together a collection of gorgeous outdoor dining that will inspire you to grab your power tools and some wood, or shop around for affordable alternatives. There are plenty of timber merchants around the country that supply soft, medium and hardwoods that can be had at a price that will allow you to make an outdoor dining table at a fraction of the cost to buy a ready-made dining table. 
Add decorative trim to hollow-core door
In this DIY project we’ll show you how easy it is to transform plain hollow-core doors into a feature using inexpensive pine moulding. It is a simple and affordable way to add detailing to boring doors and one that you can easily do in a day.
DIY pull-out trouser rack
When you have a small built-in cupboard for storing all your clothes, finding space can be a mission. Adding a pull-out trouser rack or two allows you to easily sort your clothes and frees up hanging space. Using this design you can make a 'his' and 'hers' pull-out trouser rack to replace two shelves in a small cupboard.
Reclaimed wood table for the garden
Use reclaimed wood or a pallet to fashion a rustic wood table for your garden or patio. Many stores that stock large appliance, furniture and retail goods use wood pallets and it's just a matter of finding one that is willing to let you take a couple of pallets, either for free or at a small cost.
Make a simple storage headboard
Make a simple storage headboard using a couple of bookcases, or make your own storage shelves following our instructions below. This storage headboard adds easy storage above and at the sides of a bed, and we provide instructions to make the storage headboard for any size of bed. 
3-Level bunk beds for small bedroom
After featuring the article on finding space in a small bedroom for more beds, and finding the instructions for making a 3-level bunk bed, I thought it would be nice to provide metric measurements and options for using local materials if you want to make the 3-level bunk beds. 
Easy barn style sliding door
Turn a plain hollow core door into a trendy barn-style door using pine and supawood strips and some Pattex No More Nails adhesive. Attach a sliding mechanism and free up room in your living spaces. Paint the door in your choice of colour to match your home interior.
Patio lounger using birch logs
If you know of anyone having their birch trees trimmed, or know of a tree-felling company in your area, using birch logs to make this modern lounger is a fun way to add a unique piece of furniture to your indoor or outdoor spaces. It's easy enough to make and won't cost much, even if you have to pay for the logs.
Easy upholstered headboard ideas
If you still haven't got round to adding that upholstered headboard to your bed, we have put together a collection of what we think are the best upholstered headboard ideas to provide you with some much-needed inspiration to get you started. Plus you will find step-by-step instructions for a basic upholstered headboard with nailhead trim.
I made my own outdoor patio furniture!
A few months back I featured an article on making your own designer patio furniture. I did mention that this was my dream patio suite and that I would be making my own patio furniture when time allowed and I have now completed the sofa part of the suite. Having priced a similar design at anywhere from R10 000 upwards it will only cost about R2 600 to make my own.
4-Drawer storage unit
We have completed the frame for our drawer unit, now we install the drawer runners, make and fit the drawers and finish off the drawer unit. I have only applied stain at this stage and still want to do a dry brushing technique with white paint to finish off, and which I will post later. 
Frame for drawer unit
After featuring the article on the easy way to install drawer runners I simply had to give it a go.  I have been wanting to make a chest of drawers for my office for ages, so just to show how easy it is, I use the new method for installing drawers runners - and even a blonde can do it !
DIY decorative 3-panel privacy screen
Our decorative Shabby-Chic style privacy screen is an easy project that uses  6mm and 9mm supawood. The mirrored top section has cottage frame panels and the screen  is painted with Plascon Polvin ‘Whisper’ [B5-E2-3], dry brushed with Plascon Polvin white, and then given a rub down with antique wax.
DIY designer patio furniture
Forget my last feature for DIY outdoor furniture, this is definitely one garden suite that I want to build. The outdoor patio suite probably costs a small fortune but is a simple DIY project that anyone could tackle. I would probably use Meranti for the construction, but you could just as easily use any reclaimed timber you manage to get your hands on.
DIY ideas for making a console table
If you entry or hall lacks style perhaps you should think about adding a console table. A simple console table topped off with a few favourite accessories and you can add your own personal touch to the space. We put together a selection of DIY ideas for console tables, so grab your power tools and start planning!
Upholstered storage bench for bedroom
Every week on easy DIY they post new knock-off DIY furniture projects that you can do. This week's project shows how you can make a bedroom storage bench with two drawers. I think this is a great project and perfect if you need a place to store bed linens, blankets or extra clothes.
Custom house number plaque
With all the do-it-myself mini-renovations going on at the moment, one involves moving the front gate. I was left with a blank wall close to the back gate and thought it might be the perfect place to mount a custom house number plaque. If you fancy making your own house number plaque it's very simple..
Make a Shaker style home office cabinet
This Shaker style cabinet or cupboard is perfect for setting up a home office, or leave our the keyboard slider and use as a TV cabinet, or even a linen or storage cupboard. The assembly is not as difficult as it might seem and you will find all the materials and supplies you need for this project at your local Builders Warehouse
DIY fold up - drop down table or desk
The secret to this handy wall-mounted table is that it folds away easily when not in use. The two side flaps open up to hold the top of the table in place while you work. You can use this fold up - drop down table in so many ways: in the garage or shed as a potting table - as a handy place to set up a comfortable workspace - or in a small children's bedroom as a study desk.
Make a jute rope bench
This jute rope bench is very easy to make and is sturdy enough for two people to sit on. Use PAR pine, jute rope and sash cord that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse to make this jute bench as a decorative accessory or to add to a bathroom or bedroom.
Flip-top school desk for child or adult
Writing the article the other day about creating a study area for a child's bedroom, and the many enquiries I receive about desks, got me to thinking about making a desk for a young child, or a teenager for that matter. So here is my take on making a reproduction flip-top school desk.
Tiered bathroom storage shelf unit
I have seen quite a few tiered bathroom shelf units on the Internet, but this design offers a bit more storage space and allows you to add baskets for extra storage and has plenty of room for towels and bathroom accessories. Here's how to make this tiered bathroom shelf unit...
Curved seat or bench - dressing table stool
If you are wondering how to make a chair with a curved seat, this project shows you the secret. It's not as difficult as you might think. These curved chairs look great as feature pieces or when used in a child's bedroom. But I think their contemporary design allows them to be used anywhere, in any setting.
Make a DIY garden privacy kitchen
This pine privacy screen is perfect for a patio or balcony. You will find a selection of PAR pine products at your local Builders and you can modify the size of the panels to fit your particular situation - or build extra panels if you need more privacy for a large patio or entertainment area.
Make a mobile pegboard storage unit
Useful for storing small accessories that are used on a daily basis, this mobile pegboard storage unit is ideal for a garage, workshop or craft room. Pegboard is an inexpensive board that you can easily have cut to size and frame with PAR pine to make this mobile pegboard storage unit. Find everything you need to make this project at your local Builders Warehouse.
DIY storage unit for child's bedroom
Peter Alkema recently launched his first DIY project book 'Woodworking for Everyone'. In this feature we share one of the projects from his book. The book contains 13 projects that will inspire you to grab your tools and create practical furniture for your home.
Birch plywood or bamboo flip-top desk
When you live in a small apartment where space is at a premium you can design a desk that can be used as a workstation, a place to do crafts and hobbies, or one that can also serve as a dining table. This flip-up desk can also be purposed for use as a contemporary dressing table.
PVC pipe multi-purpose storage rack
Designed for easy DIY, this multi-purpose storage rack is made using PVC pipes and can be used for storing a wide range of item. Use in a craft or hobby room for storing paintbrushes or art and craft supplies - use as a magazine rack - or you can even use as a wine rack. We designed the unit to accommodate 110mm diameter PVC pipes that you will find at your local Builders Warehouse.

 

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