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Homemade Modern

Member Since: 06/2012

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'Affordable' and 'modern' mean different things to different people, but most would agree that durable, modern furniture isn't within the financial reach of many. At HomeMade Modern we want to provide affordable, modern home furnishing options without sacrificing design and your wallet. At HomeMade Modern our goal is to introduce ideas that aren't just about acquiring objects but about managing resources in a way that's useful and accommodates changing lifestyles. By providing easy-to-follow DIY recipes for creating modern home goods, we show that sturdy furnishings made from real materials like solid wood, concrete and steel can cost less than cheap, store-bought plastic and particle board furniture. HomeMade Modern was launched with the intent of participating in the mass dissemination of good design ideas, not the mass production of value engineered objects. Every project that we publish is created with the belief that design is about communicating how and why something should be made. We want to inspire and encourage people to create heirloom quality goods with naturally durable materials.


    • I love love all your work ... it is clean, so methodical, meticulous and in such good design taste ... love the mediums of concrete and wood separately and together all my life, so this is a real find for me ... thanx for your methodology and fine teaching.
      By Ooohlaa, on December 14, 2014
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    • This appears to be so easy to make. Thanks for sharing your creativity.
      By Hometowngirl, on October 28, 2014

    • Did you remove rust and paint angle irons before use?
      By jangoike, on December 1, 2014

    • After showing this great project to my husband, he suggested using the old bed frame rails we have instead of buying angle iron.
      By loohoo, on September 6, 2015

    • Using screws would be a bit more secure. Also steel cross braces on the back screwed in to the shelve. Heavy book cases have a tendency to rack under weight.
      By jcel3979, on June 4, 2016
      • Nice additions like that can really make it your own!
        By RYOBI NATION, on April 18, 2018

    • i like it.iwas looking for a sturdy book case for my daughters book.i think that if would hold under the pressure.looks beautiful
      By janice marlene, on February 23, 2017

    • Only 2 nails holding each end of the shelves? How much weight can each shelf support?
      By mphipps68, on March 30, 2018
      • We aren't sure of the exact weight, but it's made for books so it is sturdy enough to be used as an average bookshelf! For more questions, reach out to Homemade Modern at the "Contact" page on their website HomeMade-Modern.com
        By RYOBI NATION, on April 18, 2018
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    • That's awesome an if someone would try to break into your home u have protection
      By jshalters, on August 30, 2014
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    • The steps describe a diagram, is this available somewhere? thanks, Matt
      By mg4345, on November 4, 2014

    • Hi Matt, the diagram has been added - see the link above the first step. Thank you!
      By RYOBI_ROCKS, on November 5, 2014

    • I really can't wait to see how long it takes for some kid to plow into something and that stylish aggressive geometry decapitates the kid. Can you really not see how dangerous this thing is? This is an example of style over function!
      By kerrycwells, on November 13, 2014

    • A little heavy for a sled especially for a kid to handle. No steering capability. That will certainly be exciting. Have to agree with kerrycwells. Try 3/4" PVC trim boards for the frame and maybe 1/4" fiberboard (glue and screw) for skin with a few coats of poly to seal against moisture.
      By aitchilm, on December 4, 2014

    • Cool design but concerns on plywood joints (water) and overall safety. Perhaps a modified design of using kerf relief cuts in the 3/4" plywood vs cutting 8 different pieces for the underside. That would allow bending the front in a traditional style toboggan while keeping plywood base in one piece vs relying on some screws. Some 6" or 8" wide X 3/4" pine can be formed to support the front of the unit.
      By Danstools, on January 24, 2015
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    • Materials used is missing the metal bar for support
      By sus4, on November 13, 2014

    • Hi, nice work. On the video you say that the canvas will be available at the website but I can't find it.
      By fboss1978, on January 21, 2015

    • Hi, your plans do not detail where the back is attached in relationship to the bottom. Can you tell me the dimension from the front of the legs? Thanks
      By v2fast2hit, on March 12, 2015

    • Hello and thanks for the questions and comments! Sus4, Yes the 18" pipe and 2 flanges was left out because depending on the size of the slats it may not be needed. I have versions of these chairs with thicker slats and without any middle support. A 2x4 and 4 L-brackets is cheaper alternative that works as well. fboss1978 the template is available on this page where it says "Download and print the template " v2fast2hit There are a few reasons I don’t indicate it. Measurements on curved surfaces are often misinterpreted. Depending on how you cut and sand this the location of 2 reference points could be off. The template is sanded off already so I a mark on that would not be helpful. Lastly different people like different angles and different locations for the back depending on the height. Since we are screw from the inside its ok to try a couple angles and see what you like before the slats go on.
      By Homemade Modern, on May 1, 2015

    • hi can e-mail me the template plan for this project i can't find it in the web side. thanks,
      By M.A.N. Essa, on January 5, 2017
      • Under "project steps", step number 2 has a blue link you can click on for the template. Hope this helps!
        By RYOBI NATION, on April 13, 2018

    • pls e-mail me the template plan for this project. thanks,
      By gassave, on April 5, 2018
      • gassave, click on "project steps", step number 2 has a blue link you can click on for the template. Hope this helps!
        By RYOBI NATION, on April 13, 2018
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      By CALIFBOY, on December 12, 2015
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    • Its interesting of how they used multiple pieces instead of a 4x4.
      By Ted L., on February 16, 2016

    • Spot on for city dwelling, or any dwelling at that!
      By AlwaysAloha, on February 17, 2016

    • Nice idea for an outside bar.
      By Mtyman5477, on February 18, 2016

    • Original approach. Very unique and at a quick glance of the photos it looks almost like bamboo. You got my vote!
      By BigSexy, on February 23, 2016

    • thanks for designing one for us small apartment renters. I'm definitely going to give this a go!
      By stobor, on March 18, 2016

    • Nice. But no comment about the door support made of black pipe. Looks as to swivel to the side when not needed to help hold the "desk top " in place. That is most interesting. thanks
      By serviceis_13896, on March 19, 2016

    • Love the design, good job! I am building something similar and will include much of your design. Instead of the pipe and chains for support, I am planning to build a set of right angled triangles that mount to the wall on hinges. What do you think? Cheers, Jordan
      By JordanL, on March 19, 2016

    • this is something even I can make
      By sherrymontez, on March 19, 2016

    • @Ted L. - Maybe for looks and laminated is stronger than a single piece.
      By m3rdpwr_1148, on March 20, 2016

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    • HomeMade Modern does it again! Beautiful work. Sleek, sophisticated design- as always!
      By RYOBI Nation, on July 11, 2016
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    • I wonder about the length of the shelves. I don't see the drawing mentioned.
      By wolffmichael, on October 3, 2018
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    • This. Is. Awesome! And your dog makes the photo even better!
      By karen_atlanta, on June 29, 2017

    • Pup approved! What a fun project!
      By RYOBI Nation, on July 7, 2017
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    • This is the best and simplest shelf idea I've seen that a true beginner can use.  I'm going to try to incorporate it into my shop. 
      By Making_It_Best, on September 24, 2019
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    • Looks great!  My daughter is moving into an apartment at college, and as soon as I show her this, I know that it will be something that we will be working on this summer.  Thanks!
      By JOEGOL4, on April 14, 2018

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      By Roars, on January 1, 2019
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    • Fantastic cart, I will definitely be building one.
      By user_feese_1752017, on March 29, 2021

    • This looks like a very good design; thank you for sharing! Unfortunately, wood prices are so high right now, building this anytime soon with new lumber will be cost prohibitive. However, I may have enough remnants from other projects to build a slightly smaller version. Thank again!
      By artistforhire, on June 16, 2021
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    • I don't get any audio.  Anyone else?
      By detachedaz, on May 31, 2021
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    • Thats way cool! Good job. I look forward to more of your projects
      By sean7012, on August 27, 2015

    • I'm actually copying this today for a bed frame
      By sean7012, on September 3, 2015

    • Hola, es posible todas las instrucciones en español por favor, el sistema está solo en Inglés. Saludos.
      By Chinitocr, on September 2, 2017
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    • I don't think this is a good idea. If someone doesn't place the bar in the notch correctly they could die. Please consider removing this project. Wood is not adequate to support this type of bench especially after time. The paint could easily hide cracks that are forming in the wood and joints. It looks very cool but please remove. 
      By Eric_klingsporn, on January 21, 2021

    • Never ever...did I say NEVER make a bench press out of wood. Barbells can easily crack the 4x4 wood and decapitate the user.  
      Come on Ryobi....even your products aren't strong enough to withstand that kind of weight over time.

      By markpmillernga, on January 21, 2021

    • Considering that most homes are made from wooden 2x4 construction, and that 2x4s are extremely strong in compression, I'd feel comfortable supporting a few hundred pounds with a couple of 2x4s. Since these plans have multiple boards laminated, it's even stronger.

      If you don't rack a bar properly at the gym I'm sure you could find a way to die, too, as unlikely as it is. Unless you're being completely irresponsible and using weights you simply cannot control (which you shouldn't do at home or in the gym, with diy or professional equipment) you should be safe.

      A very little bit of sense goes a very long way.

      If you're that worried about paint covering cracks, don't paint it. If it makes you uncomfortable, don't build it, but that's no reason to take the project down.
      By Wilwrk4tls, on January 22, 2021
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    • The copper is a great touch!
      By RYOBI Nation, on September 8, 2017

    • I made this!! Two in fact! I modified mine slightly in that I don't have the touch piece that comes out the side because I decided to use Phillips Hue candelabra bulbs instead. It was easy and fun to follow the steps.
      By showe87, on January 22, 2018
      • So glad you tried it out and made it your own, showe87!
        By RYOBI NATION, on January 22, 2018
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    • This is so cool. I think I need to make this and put in my spare bedroom! THANK YOU!!
      By rchampine, on January 12, 2017

    • What are the measurements of the two triangles? I really like this set up and looks great! Thanks
      By mickey66, on March 14, 2017

    • That is awesome, love how compact and versatile it is

      By TARZANTHEJEDI, on May 17, 2018
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    • These instructions are not very user friendly. When I make a tutorial, I edit the directions until any lay person could read them and know step by step exactly what to do. I also include pictures to aid in understanding. Doing this prevents me from leaving out information or steps that could lead to fuzzy directions. Im sincerely just offering a suggestion, as these instructions require the reader to go back and forth, refering to the one diagram to figure out how to put the desk together.
      By smullens71, on May 29, 2014
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    • how do I find out how to make this?
      By nocall4it, on December 10, 2014

    • thats what I want to know, where are instructions?
      By stroker, on July 16, 2015
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    • I really like the clean look to crate #1. I'll put it on my to do list.
      By mrpip, on May 6, 2016

    • Wow, what a great step by step tutorial! Thanks for sharing this.
      By pinktoolgirl, on May 31, 2016

    • Great idea! Looks like you could easily scale this a little up a bit to make an excellent patio or deck storage bench. Use 2 x 12's and perhaps some added internal support in the middle to prevent any sagging and you'd have a great bench.
      By Damocleez, on June 18, 2016

    • I will be looking to getting involved with this project. I like the natural beauty of wood. I can see just blending in a couple of different woods - yeahhh.
      By user_rocha_540114, on March 29, 2017

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    • What angle is the jig used to drill holes on angle
      By WillbanksFamily, on January 14, 2015
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    • Consider cutting the bucket down a few inches to get a wider stance on the legs. The way this is configured using the standard bucket, the center of balance on the stool is a bit high, and makes it prone to tipping over easily.
      By murtaugh, on August 15, 2016

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    • Wow amazing and you explanation make it easy for everyone!
      By pedrosantiago1, on March 28, 2015

    • on my 2Do list now ... tysm
      By uWishuCould, on October 5, 2015
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    • Sweet! ... on my 2Do list now ... tysm
      By uWishuCould, on October 5, 2015

    • I L❤️VE this! Great job! 🤔 Really have to find a good spot to display this, before I pull out wood & just start building. 
      By Peppers&PowerTools, on January 26, 2019

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    • I could use something like this in my shop, great job.
      By Siclestix, on January 14, 2019
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    • Seriously thinking about making this to hold all my son's sport uniforms - they take up so much dresser space. Could also be great coat closet for company.
      By RYOBI_ROCKS, on June 9, 2014

    • This is absolutely fantastic!!!! What a great project, great design, I love it!
      By Ana White, on June 9, 2014

    • Love this project plan! I have gotten started and would like to know what type of bit was used to drill the holes for the conduit to run through the base, supports & dowels. Thank you, in advance! Can't wait to post the pics & truly be a part of the Ryobi Nation!
      By amethyst_howell_126770, on August 13, 2015
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    • @BenU, this project is very cool! Thanks for sharing.
      By ryobinationrocks, on March 6, 2013

    • I love this. How can I learn the way of thinking you've used in this design?
      By user_unknown_1665664, on November 13, 2020
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    • Woah! Digging this simple and modern sofa. Very cool!
      By RYOBI Nation, on August 18, 2017
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    • There is not an active link for the PDF cheat sheet.
      By chrisking2ster, on June 3, 2016

    • Nice!!
      By Tony B., on April 7, 2017
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    • It really sucks trying to set up this camera!
      By BigdaddyT, on November 30, 2016

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    • I am currently in the middle of this project. Waiting for the first layer of concrete to dry before I put in the fire brick. This project is very labor intensive. I had NO IDEA what I was in for... oh well no turning back now, and I'm sure it will look great. Thanks Ben!
      By JRT500, on August 4, 2015

    • Hi. I am planning on doing this project. Any idea on how many bags of cement are needed?
      By jaialaipro, on September 29, 2015
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    • I love the clean look of this simple planter. I think it would really pop on a wooden dinning table.
      By Deeply Southern Home, on March 17, 2015

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