Bring your party to next level. Raise your beverage cooler to a comfortable height, and then customize the case to support or promote your favorite sports team, organization or company. The raised cooler will make a great addition to your next company BBQ.
This started at request of a work associate that wanted it customized for the fire department. I used a checker plate on the front with a Maltese cross mounted on the checker plate and a handle that is normally found on fire trucks. Even the bottle opener was painted fire engine red.
The cabinet was designed to fit around an Igloo Maxcold 70 quart cooler with exterior dimensions of 29 ½” x 16 ½” x 16” high. The plan can be easily adapted to fit any size of cooler. I added a small shut-off valve and a plastic tube to the built in cooler drain that runs out the end of the cabinet. A flat top would definitely be easier to build however I curved the top to avoid people using it as a table and also shed any adverse weather.
Overall it is a great project that I’m sure will see many hours of good times.
This convertible bench – table is great when you are limited for space on a small deck or a campsite easily convert your bench into a picnic table or table into a bench whatever you need at the time. Made entirely from construction lumber or if you want to dress it up you may want to use cedar.
The overall construction of this project is quite basic but accuracy it very important. There has to be clearance while converting from table to bench or vice versa. It also has to sit level no matter how your furniture is being used.
I designed the project using ¾” dowel stock as pivot points, however you could easily use bolts and nuts as long as you recess the bolt head and locking nut.
In either position the table or bench sits at a normal height of approximately 19” from the ground for the seating and 30” from the ground which is normal table height. I have shown the fixture in different colors but that is just for clarity when viewing.
In either position the furniture piece will be handy and certainly a conversation piece with your family, friends and visitors.
Have fun – Impress your friends with your new bench
I came across a picture of this simple table and thought it would make a great easy to build side table.
The construction is quite simple and consists of only seven different parts. If you have a store bought or shop made tenoning jig it will come in very handy on this project to cut the bridle joint. To simplify construction, most of the joinery and any curves are cut prior to cutting the 10 degree miters.
You will be pleased with your new side table(s) after just a couple of days in your shop.
As an alternative to all of the Bed-In-A-Box plans I thought I would draw up a plan that is not as complex and is less expensive to build than the fold up versions.
This knock down queen size bed can be built using standard home center materials, namely 2 x 4’s and 5/4 decking boards. This bed will disassemble into 4 main pieces plus the slat boards. The construction lumber should be flattened and smoothed down to the sizes shown.
All of the components are locked together using tusk tenon joinery for strength and easy assembly and dis-assembly. There are no complicated dovetails to machine just straight slats and a series of dados in the slat support rails. I would suggest you use an inexpensive hardwood like poplar for the slats and slat supports. The rails would likely be made from Pine but Spruce or Douglas fir would work just fine to keep the cost even lower. The headboard and foot-board panels are just ¼” plywood to keep the weight down for easy transporting. For the tusks or locking pegs I would suggest using a hardwood for strength. The headboard and foot-board assemblies connect to the legs with pinned mortise and tenon joinery to stop any racking.
I hope at least a few of you find this style of bed as a useful alternative to the Bed-In-A-Box. This plan is easily adjusted for other bed sizes.
This folding step stool is a useful project for your home or workshop.
It not only makes a great little step stools it doubles as extra seating when required, especially in the shop. I found the original stool plan was too narrow and unstable so I modified the original to be stronger and safer. I widened the stance and added material to the feet to make the stool more stable. The Steps flip up out of the way when no in use or when you’re using it as a seat.
So the overall footprint doesn’t consume very much space. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how many time you put this simple project to use.
This set of coat hooks sits flat to the wall. When you need a place to hang your clothing just flip down a hook. The project looks simple but there is quite a lot of accurate milling required to work properly.
I would suggest hardwood for the construction for added strength.
Recently my neighbor asked me to construct a coat tree to replace one she had purchased. The coat rack that she had paid good money for was quite flimsy and didn’t stand the test of time.
I thought for sure this should be an easy one day project that I could squeeze in between other jobs. As it turned out it was more challenging than I thought.
First you need stock that will end up at 8/4 at its widest point to end up at the final dimensions and being a hexagon design you need to know the dimension across the flats to set your 30 degree bevels. Possibly it was just me but I had a great deal of difficulty getting setup. Thankfully I had drawn it up in Sketchup or I would still be trying to figure it out. 🙂