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    Tell Us What to Build Next!

    Following the wonderful response we received from the third season of our Getting Started in Woodworking series on building a Shaker nightstand, we got right to work on season four. That process began with a poll I ran asking site users what they'd like to see Asa Christiana and I build next. From the responses we received, it seemed as though most folks were interested in smaller-scale projects as opposed to full-on woodworking projects like beds and breakfast tables. Makes sense, we thought. Your number one choice in our poll was a small wall/medicine cabinet.

    Since that initial poll came out, Asa and I have gone back to the drawing board and come up with a few other potential choices for our next series. Have a look at the choices and be sure to cast your vote in the poll at the bottom of your post. We're in overdrive right now, preparing for our next video shoot, which may happen as soon as a month from now, so be sure to make your voice heard!

    Wall/Medicine Cabinet
    The winner of our last online poll was a simple wall cabinet which could incorporate a mirror in the door (for use above a vanity) or a conventional hardwood door, for use throughout the house.

    TV/Entertainment Stand
    Instead of a full-blown cabinet-style entertainment center with multiple doors and drawers that would be way too tough to pull off for a novice woodworker, we're envisioning something a bit more simple. Our design might feature open shelving and simple joinery (think biscuits, dowels, and screws). All the materials would be easily available at any home center.

    Stackable Storage Cubes
    Stackable storage cubes have been a big hit via retailers like Pottery Barn in recent years. They'd feature simple joinery much like what I mentioned for our TV/entertainment stand and the finishing options are endless. You could go natural, with nothing more than some polyurethane over pine cubes, or go for an antique feel, using multiple colors of old-fashioned milk paint for a more distressed, time-worn look. Storage cubes can be used for a variety of items: DVD's, knick-knacks, books, you name it.

    Bracket-Free Wall Shelves
    Another popular item we've seen in Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma catalogs are bracket-free wall shelves that have the appearance of thick lumber that's just floating on a wall. They're surprisingly easy to build and quite beautiful.

    Coffee Table
    For a coffee table, we'd use the same types of joinery featured in the potential TV/entertainment stand project mentioned above. The design would most likely be clean and minimal--very approachable.

    What about a headboard for your bed which features some built-in storage?

    Bathroom Shelf Unit
    Another evergreen item in home catalogs, bathroom shelf units generally straddle the toilet, and feature multiple shelves above the tank. They're perfect for storing all those bottles of everything from shampoo and soap, to talcum powder and toothpaste.



    Cast Your Vote

    We'll be monitoring the poll below and bringing your input to our next concept meeting. So be sure to make your voice heard!