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  1. DIY Furniture

    Looking for inexpensive DIY furniture plans? These three projects will show you how to turn stock kitchen cabinets into a TV stand, a storage cabinet and an entry bench.

Other Projects for DIYers from The Family Handyman:

  1. How to Install a Chair Rail

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    Chair rail wood molding can transform the appearance of your living room, dining room or hallway, and installation goes quickly when you prefinish the wood.

  2. Closet Organization: A Simple Shelf and Rod System

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    This simple shelf-and-rod system will bring order to your cluttered closet and double the storage space. We'll show you everything you need to build this organizer. No more excuses! In just two days, you'll have an organized closet.

  3. How to Build a Shower Pan

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    Learn how to build a custom-sized, waterproof shower pan for a curved shower enclosure by following these clear, detailed photos and step-by-step instructions.

  4. How to Build a Picnic Table

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    Looking for different kind of outdoor table? This article will show you how to build a round, Craftsman-style picnic table that's perfect for a backyard deck or patio.

  5. Decorating Ideas: Wall Panels

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    Create the look of traditional paneled walls for your bedroom or living room with painted MDF strips. For very little money you can completely transform the appearance of your house.

  6. How to Build a Garden Bench

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    Assemble this attractive, comfortable garden bench. We show you how to build it so it's strong and durable, using a simple biscuit joinery technique.

  7. Router Table Plans

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    Once you mount your router in a router table, you might never remove it. Use these plans to build this router table and change your woodworking world.

  8. Composting Tips

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    Kick your composting up a notch with these tips. Using this simple 3-bin composter you can turn yard and kitchen waste into rich compost in 4 to 6 weeks.

  9. How to Brush on Bed Liner in a Pickup Truck

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    Want to save money on a bed liner? Instead of a plastic liner or a professionally sprayed-on liner, try a DIY roll-on bed liner. You'll get great-looking results at a fraction of the cost

  10. How to Build an Adirondack Chair

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    Learn how to build a classic wooden Adirondack chair. With clear, detailed photos and drawings you'll learn how to cut the graceful curves that make this chair so comfortable to sit in.

  11. Built-In Shelves

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    Use this project for built-in shelves to unlock hidden storage space between the studs in your walls. Install a single, open box of shelves, or install two boxes and add a set of glass doors.

  12. Under-Deck Roof

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    Convert the space under a second-story deck into a dry, spacious patio by installing this simple, under-the-deck roof and gutter system.

  13. How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

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    Renew a wood floor in half the time and at half the expense of sanding. The secret is to screen the old finish. Read on to see if screening will work for your floor.

  14. How to Build a Porch Swing

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    Enjoy the gentle sway of a porch swing on a summer night. With these clear how-to instructions and photos, you can build a classic porch swing in a weekend.

  15. How to Sponge Paint a Wall

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    Sponge painting is a quick, simple way to make dull interior walls dramatic. With just a sponge, a can of glaze and a few paint colors you can transform your house.

  16. How to Build a Cedar Potting Bench

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    You don’t need any special woodworking skills to build this handy gardener’s bench in a weekend. We’ll show you everything you need to construct the bench, without having to hassle with complicated joints. And you can build it using basic carpentry tools. So make gardening easier and build this bench this weekend.

  17. Simple Modern Computer Desk

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    This sleek computer desk has the look of a contemporary classic, but it can be built in a weekend with basic carpentry tools and minimal carpentry experience.

  18. Garage Storage Tower

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    Here's an easy-to-build tower for storing stuff in your garage, basement or mudroom—it's perfect for organizing those big, plastic storage bins you keep throwing everything into. And you can build two or three towers in a weekend without breaking the bank.

  19. How to Build Retaining Walls Stronger

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    We'll show you how to build an attractive retaining wall that's firm, solid and will stand the test of time. It features a solid base, compacted base material and good drainage. The masonry wall looks great from the front, too, and will enhance the look of your yard.

  20. How to Build a Garden Arbor

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    You can build this stylish, arched garden arbor with a swing in only a couple of days—it’s way easier than it looks.

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DIY Videos from The Family Handyman:

  1. Custom Garage Storage

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    The Family Handyman editor, Travis Larson, will show you the features that make this garage storage system truly adaptable and unique. With this system you will be able to change it up to store all your stuff easily.

  2. How to Build a Miter Saw Table

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    The Family Handyman carpentry expert, Mark Petersen, will show you how to get more efficient use out of your miter saw by building your own miter saw table.

  3. How to Build a Sub Irrigated Planter System

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    If you like fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden but don't think you can have a garden of your own, this is the project for you. The Family Handyman editor, Elisa Bernick shows you how to build a sub irrigated planter (also called a self-watering planter) that will allow you to grow your favorite foods and keep them watered, even while you are on vacation.

  4. How to Repair Concrete Steps

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    Repairing concrete steps is a lot cheaper than building new ones. After you make the repair, The Family Handyman expert Rick Muscoplat, will show you how to resurface the concrete to make the old and new concrete match perfectly.

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