The living room and entertainment area of this basement feels industrial and rustic with its exposed black ceiling and unfinished plywood walls. The custom-built entertainment center includes a flat-screen television that lowers into the cabinet when the dry-erase board is not in use.
Using the cut list provided, cut the legs, side aprons, side rails and stiles to length. Cut the plywood side panels to size as well. Using a pocket hole jig, drill 3/4" pocket holes into the side aprons and attach them to the legs with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. In the photo below, I am using a scrap piece of 3/4" thick wood underneath the side apron, so that the side apron will be flush to the interior side of the legs.
Additionally, drill 3/4" pocket holes into all four sides of the plywood side panels. Drill two 1-1/2" pocket holes into the ends the side rails and stiles. Attach the side rails to the legs with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. Attach the plywood to the side rails and legs with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Finally, attach the last stile to the side panel with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws. Measure and cut the side rail detail to length, drill 1-1/2" pocket holes into the ends and attach with 2-1/2" pocket hole screws.
Whenever drilling into 3/4" thick material, adjust the pocket hole jig to the 3/4" depth setting and use 1-1/4" pocket hole screws to attach. When drilling into 1-1/2" thick material, adjust the jig to the 1-1/2" depth setting and use 2-1/2" pocket hole screws to attach.
Combine unfinished stock cabinets to create an island that puts your DIY skills to the test. A DIY project from Lowe’s uses stock boards and plywood to wrap the cabinets and a 21 ¼-inch wide by 56-inch long countertop. Painted a different color than the rest of the cabinets, this kitchen island cheat looks more like a custom piece of furniture than a money-saving project.
Shiplap gives a fresh spin on a farmhouse-style bathroom, like this one by design firm Cloth & Kind. These walls use 1-by-8 primed spruce, but you can use almost any species, and the thinner the wood, the cheaper per board, says Tyler Davis, owner of Athens Building Co. To further trim costs, he suggests cutting thin ⅛-inch sheets of finished plywood into strips and hanging them on the wall. Although those transoms were added, he says you can purchase fixed sidelights or transoms from a builder surplus store, or better yet from an old house or charity thrift shop, and add hinges and a chain to make them operable.