DIY Desks, Dining Room Chairs & Steel Walls, Oh My!

DIY Desks, Dining Room Chairs & Steel Walls, Oh My!

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Sarah Rae Smith
Oct 20, 2010

If you aren't already following the work of Ana White, you should be. She's taking woodworking from something stuffy and untouchable (think New Yankee Workshop) to a weekend's worth of simple measurements that you can totally do yourself. Take the plans for this desk, for example, and the seemingly complex chair. And don't even get us started on that steel wall!

Ana White has set out on a personal mission to help you take back the furniture in your home. Not because you have bad furniture, but because you can be creating awesome things (and usually exactly what you want) with your own two hands. She makes woodworking seem more like a simple process of assembly rather than creating something from scratch.

Her latest three works knocked our socks clean off (even though Mythbusters proved that's impossible, we're claiming it still happened). It all started earlier this week with a Parsons Desk and then came the magnetic steel wall and then came this amazing Squared2 Chair plan.

The steel wall can lay over the top of any existing wall and turn your area into one large magnetic surface. It beats hanging notes all over your fridge (if you're lucky enough to still have one that will take magnets) or losing important numbers in a pile of paper on your desk. It's pretty to look at and comes in at less than $100! The desk and chair work well together, but both would be perfect on their own. Just take the list of supplies needed straight to the hardware store to gather up what you need. Ready to create? Here's how:

Tutorial for Magnetic Steel Wall
Tutorial for the Parsons Tower Desk
Tutorial for the Squared2 Chair

Thanks Ana!

Related: Make Your Own Reclaimed Wood Headboard

(Image: Ana White)

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