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Simpleman1775

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02-24-2015 11:34 PM

This site has a lot of plans for the furniture you see in a lot of the big box stores. I know some of you will find this sacrilegious and blasphemy but you never know where you will find inspiration.
Click on the “build it” tab and then the “plan index”

http://www.thedesignconfidential.com/

FYI I’m a grown man :) and I hope that the elen degenerous design show gets picked up for another season. I want to build that fan shelving unit. Theres even a show on spike TV that is like this. We need more shows like this and less kardashian fluff.


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#1 posted 02-24-2015 11:48 PM

IKEA has some items with excellent proportions from a practical point of view, but almost all their shelving is very poorly proportioned. Too deep or too narrow, looks like it has all kinds of room but turns out it doesn’t, and so on.

Well, that’s my opinion. I’m in Europe so I’m far more familiar with IKEA- it’s everywhere- than I’d like to be, hehe.

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

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bonesbr549

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 01:01 AM

I personally have never seen anything that had the word IKEA associated with it as something I’d want to make. Add pottery barn to that

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#3 posted 02-25-2015 01:53 AM

Thanks simpleman… design ideas can come from anywhere – - whether you want to directly duplicate, or customize.

All about getting that spark!

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#4 posted 02-25-2015 02:09 AM

It’d be funny to put a picture of the furniture on the outside of a box that contained rough lumber, the plans, and maybe a little wood glue. Give it to somebody who thinks woodworking is easy. “Yeah, all you have to do it put it together…..”

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#5 posted 02-25-2015 04:19 AM

I took a look at some of the plans. The final look will likely be close, but I question some of their joinery recommendations. Good for the beginner but if you’re more likely to favor traditional joinery, there are other options to look into.

-- paxorion

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DrDirt

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#6 posted 02-25-2015 10:34 PM



It d be funny to put a picture of the furniture on the outside of a box that contained rough lumber, the plans, and maybe a little wood glue. Give it to somebody who thinks woodworking is easy. “Yeah, all you have to do it put it together…..”

- Picklehead

Actually for a white elephant gift in my sisters class…. there was a ziplock bag of wood shavings, with a card that said “Jigsaw Puzzle – - Expert level”

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 02:17 AM

Cool site, thanks for posting. I agree that many of the plans are basic (ala Ana White), but it’s still nice to see them displayed and collated in one setting.

I personally like Ikea’s fashion forward designs and Danish modern sensibility. I don’t like the particle board, the fasteners, and the tiny Allen wrench.

+1 for Ellen’s Design Challenge and Framework on Spike! What they can pull off in 1-2 days would take me 6 months and several do-overs.

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 02:55 AM

I just like to pick up one of Krenov’s books and see real Cabinets!
Elen Who ?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 03:09 AM

Thank you looks interesting

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#10 posted 02-26-2015 10:19 AM


Thank you looks interesting

- Avimaelwoodworking

You signiture line is a link to that scum bucket “Ted’s Woodworking plans”. I hope they remove you from this site.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#11 posted 02-26-2015 10:37 AM

Thank you looks interesting

- Avimaelwoodworking
You signiture line is a link to that scum bucket “Ted s Woodworking plans”. I hope they remove you from this site.

- AlaskaGuy

Flagged for SPAM. Good catch, AG.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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Simpleman1775

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#12 posted 02-26-2015 05:11 PM



I just like to pick up one of Krenov s books and see real Cabinets!
Elen Who ?

- rad457


A cabinet doesn’t need to cost hundres of dollars to be a cabinet. EVERYONE has to start somewhere. Everyone can learn something from anyone and everyone and if you don’t believe that you may not learn anything.

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redSLED

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#13 posted 02-26-2015 05:47 PM

When I see furniture styles with proportions I like, I measure them and record them in sketches. This requires carrying a measuring tape, pencil and paper on your person – this activity costs pennies. Strangely, most people are unable to commit to this kind of strict behaviour – but I am OK with that.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#14 posted 02-26-2015 05:58 PM



When I see furniture styles with proportions I like, I measure them and record them in sketches. This requires carrying a measuring tape, pencil and paper on your person – this activity costs pennies. Strangely, most people are unable to commit to this kind of strict behaviour – but I am OK with that.

- redSLED

You could also just get rough estimates of proportions if you have a known measurement somewhere on your body and record the values on your phone.

For instance, from the last knuckle on my middle finger to the top of the indent at the very bottom of my hand, is 6” exactly. The very last digit on my pinkie finger is roughly 1”. Most people’s wingspan from fingertip to fingertip is equal to their height. Once I figured that out, I can easily measure things without needing a tape or rule.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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Andre

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#15 posted 02-27-2015 01:19 AM


I just like to pick up one of Krenov s books and see real Cabinets!
Elen Who ?

- rad457

A cabinet doesn t need to cost hundres of dollars to be a cabinet. EVERYONE has to start somewhere. Everyone can learn something from anyone and everyone and if you don t believe that you may not learn anything.

- Simpleman1775

What I was implying was that I like real wood as compared to what Ikea makes there stuff out of now!
Perhaps you should look at some of Kernov’s work, most are actually very simple. Cost would depend on type of wood and of course size. When I feel the need to learn more, I’ll go spend some time with Kiefer! His work speaks for itself.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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