Being able to design and create your own range of furniture is something that every DIY enthusiast and woodworker dreams about.
Need a new sofa? Make your own sofa to fit into your living space, in the fabric of your choice.
This pine bedside cabinet is the perfect project for any beginner DIY enthusiast looking to practice their skills and add dovetail joints.
Cristiana Felgueiras of Get Hands Dirty is definitely a designer to watch. With a selection of make videos on You Tube and views in excess of 5 million, we're going to be seeing more of this young designer.
Use shutterply (and stain) or pine plywood to make this outdoor playhouse for your kids.
This hefty coffee table features a concrete top with marble effect. The concrete top is glass fibre reinforced with white to dark grey concrete to give the top its marble look.
This DIY futon sleeper couch is made using readily available pine PAR that you can buy at your local Builders. The futon sleeper couch is a comfortable couch that easily converts into a bed, for when guests sleep over.
Use hardwood offcuts to make this gift box with candy stripe inlay. This box is so beautiful, the box itself is a gift.
This pine coffee table has a sliding top that opens to reveal a handy storage compartment. The coffee table might look difficult to make, but is actually quite an easy project.
The compact design for the nightstand or bedside table makes it perfect for next to a day bed, or in a small bedroom with limited floor space.
While I placed this project in the Advanced section, if you take a look you will see that it is not that difficult to make. With intermediate-level skills and the necessary tools you can make this maple veneer writing desk.
If you're looking for ways to organise your workshop, make storage bins mounted via French cleat hanging system.
Use pine planks and mitre joints to make this simple yet stylish coffee table. This is an easy DIY project and you can make your own coffee table in a weekend.
Show off your woodworking skills with this surprisingly simple mantel clock.
Bar Clamps are a costly investment and one that not many amateur DIY enthusiast can afford. Rather than have to fork out for bar clamps - if you are prepared to put in the time and effort you can make your own.
This take on the classic 2-door cabinet fits just about anywhere, and its panels can be made from a variety of materials, from steel or plastic mesh, glass, or Masonite panels sprayed with blackboard paint.
Here's a super-easy way to make your own patio suite consisting of a 2- or 3-seater sofa and matching chairs. This simple design is easy to replicate for a weekend DIY project.
Since my original post some years back, plywood floors are definitely trending with those homeowners looking for affordable flooring that offers something unique.
Pine scaffolding planks are perfect for making this chunky platform bed. You can buy these at most timber merchants and they are reasonably priced if you are prepared to put in the effort of sanding them smooth, or lookout for reclaimed scaffolding planks online.
This hutch and desk might look complicated, but it's actually an easy project if you break it down and assemble in sections.
This practical work station provides the perfect place to pursue a variety of hobbies. It offers a large bench top with built-in trays for small items, plus shelves up above to hold even more. Underneath, shelves hold plastic storage bins so you’ll always be able organize your supplies.
If you enjoy using a router for projects, or are looking for a project to practice your router skills, this ornamental mirror frame is ideal.
In a small home this bed that fits into a box is perfect. It doesn't take long to pullout and assemble the box bed, and can be folded up and packed away when not in use.
Oak wine barrels range in price from R500 each depending on condition and source of supply. Here in South Africa our wine estates replace their wine barrels on a regular basis, so there will always be local availability if you want to make up an outdoor set as and when you can afford to buy a barrel or two!
This rustic pine bookshelf is easy to assemble and has no visible screws, thanks to a jig (template) and a Bosch router.
The quality of affordable furniture available these days seems to be getting worse. The use of chipboard coated with a thin laminate definitely does not make for lasting furniture, so it seemed appropriate to show you how to make this solid cottage style TV or media cabinet.
These doors are bargains and you can pick them up for about R300 at your local Builders. I show you another way to dress up a standard hollow core door by cutting and fitting a frosted glass panel into the door.
You can make your own 2-door / 3-drawer bathroom vanity at fraction of what it would cost to buy ready made. You can use any 16mm board.
This elegant coffee table would look good in any living room. It has plenty of storage space for books and accessories, and the design is very simple to assemble. Distress the table if you prefer a more Shabby Chic finish.
A designer crib or cot can cost anywhere from R5000 upwards. You can make your own DIY custom crib or cot at a cost of around R1200. With a bit of DIY savvy, a few power tools and SupaWood we show you how to make your own designer crib or cot at a fraction of the cost.
Perfect if you need extra storage in a bedroom, and ideal for any child's bedroom, this DIY 2-drawer storage dresser can be painted in your choice of colour and fitted with handles or knobs that matches your decor. Overall dimensions: 1000L x 800H x 400W.
This DIY library bookcase offers good looks and space-saving design in one. An integral ladder allows you to make full use of the height of the bookcase, making use of vertical storage space and freeing up valuable floor space.
Adirondack chairs have been popular for many years because they are comfortable, sturdy, and easy to construct. The design of this Adirondack chair is also not as severe as most traditional Adirondack designs.
Made using offcuts from pine shelves, reclaimed shipping crates, pine offcuts and a few pieces of PAR pine from your local Builders Warehouse, you can easily knock up this tall chest of drawers or set of linen drawers for a home.
We have been inundated with requests to show you how to make this vintage distressed cabinet, so here it is. With it glass panel doors, this vintage distressed cabinet is not only useful for storage and display in a home, it also makes the perfect kitchen island.
Practical and affordable if you make your own, this drop-leaf bureau is perfect as a workspace or home office and would look good in any room in a home.
These curved top bar stools will cost around R120 each if you make your own. Plus you can increase or lower the height and finish in your choice of stain or paint colour. When you consider that is costs over R200 for a ready-made bar stool, making your own makes sense!
A free-standing wardrobe offers plenty of storage in a bedroom where built-in closets aren't an option. Not only can a free-standing wardrobe be moved around as needed, it also goes with you if you ever move.
I know there are plenty of DIYers out there who have been waiting to make a multi-drawer unit or pigeon hole cabinet. This 15-drawer cabinet was recently completed for a client and although it looks difficult, the hardest part is making up all the drawers.
If you're planning on entertaining during the festive season and won't fit all your guests around that small outdoor patio set, you need to make this large outdoor dining table and bench set. The table is large enough to seat all your guests in comfort.
We previously looked at how easily you can make your own upholstered dining chairs for around R150, as opposed to spending R700 and upwards for a chair. In this feature we finish off our made dining chairs by upholstering them with our choice of fabric.
When you can expect to pay upwards of R700 for a dining chair, making your own makes sense. You can make comfortable dining chairs upholstered in your choice of fabric at around R150 per chair.
\When making your own furniture, not being able to bend supawood or MDF limits the scope of what you can and cannot do, so having an understanding of how to cut kerfs for bending the board is one that I definitely had to share...
Take a look at what's available and you will find there's not much available when it comes to a welding machine cart for the DIYer. Not to mention the fact that what is available is pretty expensive.
Where your bedroom doesn't have any built-in closets or cupboards, building your own built-in cupboards allows you to custom design storage to meet with your needs and with the space available.
Although the project shown here is for a round or circular dining table, you can modify the size of the project to make a round coffee or side table. Once you realise how simple making this round table really is - you are definitely going to be making more!
PG Bison SupaWood, PAR pine and extruded polystyrene moulding are all that you need to make an attractive fireplace surround and mantel shelf for a home. You will find all the tools and materials you need at your local Builders Warehouse.
I have seen some truly amazing mini kitchens for kids, but I like the clean lines and bright colours of this mini kitchen design. What little masterchef wouldn't love a mini kitchen like this to play with.
Easier, faster and less messy than brick and mortar, and less expensive than drywall, building a timber frame wall is an affordable way to close off a section of your home, or create a dividing wall.
We've had quite a few DIY Divas and DIY Guys attending the Basic Welding Workshops and this is a simple project that any beginner welding enthusiast can tackle.
This loft bed is ideal for a little boy or girl. The raised design means that kids still have plenty of space to play on the floor. Perfect for a small bedroom, the loft bed takes up the same amount of space as a standard single bed.
There are plenty of plans on the Internet for making an outdoor playroom - or fort - but this one needed to be bigger and better. The design is stronger than most other plans you will find, and has a western feel - built to look like a fort.