Just starting - need some guidance

Submitted by travelnguy on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 09:02

Well, I have been accepted to graduate school for the upcoming fall semester. I will have one month off before starting school. I have decided to furnish our apartment with furniture that I will make (we need to buy everything anyways as we are coming from a foreign country).

My question is pretty basic. I have looked online at the wood selection at Home Depot and Lowes and am confused as to what would I need. I know I don't need pressure treated, as everything will be indoors. I am staying with Pine as it seems to be the least expensive. Should I be using yellow or white pine.

What kind of plywood should I buy?

I will be building the following items.
http://ana-white.com/2011/08/lego-table
http://ana-white.com/2011/03/plans/truss-shelves
http://ana-white.com/2011/02/plans/mom%E2%80%99s-fancy-farmhouse-bed
http://ana-white.com/2011/01/farmhouse-bedside-table?page=1
http://ana-white.com/2010/04/furniture-plans-apothecary-cabinet-console…
http://ana-white.com/2010/01/plans-how-to-modify-farmhouse-bed-to.html
http://ana-white.com/2013/01/plans/three-drawer-rolling-dresser
http://ana-white.com/2011/01/salsa-console.html

I know this is a lot of work, but as I said, I have a month with absolutely nothing to do.

Where could I cut corners and save a little money without sacrificing quality?

I will be using one stain, and two different paints for all the furniture, so I know I can save a little by buying larger cans.

Is there a build order that you would recommend? Maybe there will be scraps from one item that cold be used in another item.

Should I buy all wood at one time or do it piece by piece?

I will have access to a full workshop, so I will not need to purchase any tools other than the Kreg set.

Thank you in advance for your advice.

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