Design with White Pine: Plans for Three DIY Furniture Projects

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Have you checked out all the pine plans at carpenter Ana White’s website? Based in Alaska, White is probably best known for her imaginative tiny house designs, which include incredible space-saving modifications like an automated elevator bed that rises and lowers at the push of a button. But her website is also packed with inspiration and detailed plans for all sorts of projects, created by White herself or submitted by users. We found three examples that make use of beautiful white pine, from an easier console table to a more complex storage bed. Care to try your hand?

Beginner Level: Pine Console Table

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Modeled on the expensive Hyde Console Table at Pottery Barn, this ‘knockoff’ costs a mere $50 to build yourself, and it’s not too difficult. Though it’s listed as an intermediate project, it’s definitely doable as long as you have a minimum of carpentry experience. This one is left unfinished to allow the pine to age and weather naturally, but you could always paint it or stain it if that’s your preference.

Intermediate Level: Rustic X Coffee Table

rustic x coffee table

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Ready for a sturdy handmade coffee table with a beautiful rustic look? Ana White’s Rustic X Coffee Table is one of her most popular projects, with a surface made of 2”x6” stud-length boards. User Aleeman27 posted images of his version, made of raw white pine and coated with Cabot Natural Stain with glossy polyurethane for a mirror shine.

Expert Level: White Pine Storage Bed

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White’s Farmhouse Storage Bed with Drawers packs lots of storage into a compact space, and it’s the kind of solid, durable furniture you can pass down as an heirloom. She notes that it’s best not to attempt this bed if you’re a beginner, because “for the drawers to work, you must build perfectly square, and all cuts must be square and straight.” In the photo above, a user named Wisconsin Woodworker shows off their interpretation made of local white pine sourced from the Wisconsin Northern State Fair grounds in Chippewa Falls.

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