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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307587320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307587329
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ever wrestled with nails, screws, and hex wrenches on 'ready to assemble' shelves, chairs, or tables, all the while thinking that you could just as easily make the design cheaper and better from scratch? If so, White cheers you on…You can use this book to build 34 simple designs, such as tables (including a Lego coffee table), chairs, beds, and benches. Author and blogger White (ana-white.com), who first built furniture during her newborn's naptime, still remembers her fear of firing a nail gun. Those of us who still feel that fear should be glad she's there as a guide." --Publisher's Weekly

"[Ana-White.com] led to White's first book, The Handbuilt Home, which features simple furniture plans to help readers take a crack at construction. The key to getting started? Don't be intimidated. 'We're more capable than we think,' White says." --O, The Oprah Magazine

About the Author

Ana White is a mother and homemaker from Alaska whose popular blog Ana-White.com is one of the most trusted resources for helping people improve their homes by building furniture. An avid do-it-yourselfer, Ana is a self-taught furniture maker who learned her skills while building her own home. She has designed thousands of furniture projects, inspiring people to create attractive, budget-friendly pieces.

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The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Sharalyn Perkes
It's a great book for someone looking for simple projects to get started building their own furniture.
Caitlin
My husband and I just love Ana White from her blog and were excited to purchase her book.
Juana Quinn

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Skye on October 9, 2012
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I have followed Ana almost since she started blogging, and have built several pieces of furniture already. In this book, you aren't going to find complicated building methods like you see in the woodworking magazines - you can literally be a person who has never swung a hammer, and after following Ana's simple directions, you will be building in no time. Also, you don't need any expensive tools to build most of what she has in the book. The photos and design is gorgeous, and it's nothing but plans. I'm excited to get back to building!
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful By TammyT on November 29, 2012
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I do a lot of woodworking and furniture making. My wife suggested I get this book for the plans related to kids furniture. The book is well written and easy to follow. However, when I followed the shopping list and began to build the play table I realized one 8 foot long 1x3 was not enough for this project. With the children's chair, only one 8 foot 2x2 was required, not the 2 specified in the shopping list. Also, the shopping list specifies 2 1/2 inch pocket screws. No where in the instructions does it say where to use them. If the book is intended for non-woodworkers as stated, errors of this type can confuse the beginner.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By calcaneus on March 16, 2013
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Bought anna's book because I have done a lot of projects off her blog and wanted to support her. Wood working is a fairly precise activity, if you are off by even a little you can have a very misshapen final project. With that said she has numerous errors, the worst being the adirondack chair (stringer should be 26 3/8 inch not 24 1/4 inch). At least 3 builds have the wrong shopping lists. I even contacted her awhile ago and still no response clarifying the measurements. She should at least put the corrections on her blog. The idea of this book is to make building things easy and cheap. This doesn't happen if you have to go back to the hardware store 3 times and buy extra wood because you made the wrong cuts or bought a 6 foot board instead of an 8 foot board. Returning the book and will just stick with her blog. Would also agree with other reviewers that there is very little new content in book vs her blog. Save your money and just go to her website.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on November 3, 2012
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Kapner on October 11, 2012
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I was given this book as a gift because I am pretty handy and an avid diy"er". Ana's book was amazing I have already made a table, and
I can not wait to try bookcase for my kids room. She make it so easy that even though I can find my way around the toolbox, this book
gives you great ideas. You basically pick a project, and take your book with you to the lumber yard for all the pre-cut sizing. No
math needed its great. Donna K. The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lovesherveggies on October 11, 2012
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Truly beautiful, professional and pieces to be proud of. This book is laid out organized and clear. I'm looking forward to tackling some new projects with this. A must have!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dmcarwin on October 15, 2012
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I am in LOVE with this book! Ana did an amazing job! This pictures are beautiful, the information is very helpful, and the plans are clear and easy to read! I can't wait to do some of the projects from her book. I have done several from her blog and couldn't be happier. I give Ana all the credit for my skills as a builder and the courage to try! You should totally buy this book and start building for your own home!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By bhoppy on October 15, 2012
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I read this book last night from cover to cover. Have you ever looked at a table or a bookshelf and thought to yourself... "2000$ that's crazy I could make that for a fraction of the cost!" but then you have no idea where to start you keep dreaming and settle for cheap particle wood furniture?? Well Ana really breaks down furniture making and explains it in such a clear manner that you really can!! I've followed her blog for a while now and have made several of the plans in this book... It's the best self help book on the market! Because if a full time working, single mother of a small child (with no experience) can build coffee tables and play kitchens than I promise you, anyone can!! The joy of seeing your child sleep in the bed you made them and play with the toys you've made is priceless! The Handbuilt Home is a wonderful book for anyone interested in learning about woodworking and would also make a great gift for any DIY person on your Christmas list!
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