Ana White: The Handbuilt Home

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I'm so excited today! For two reasons.

One: My boys all went back to school today! Love having them home all summer but sheesh they were so bored the last week or two. I think we were all sick of summer (or maybe just me the Mom? LOL).

Two: My friend Ana White wrote a totally awesome book called The Handbuilt Home! The book has 34 furniture plans.

Guess who is Project #17?  Yup me!  I was so thrilled that Ana asked me to be a book contributor.  I remember when I first found Ana's website.  It was almost 3 years ago and our family was still living in a teeny tiny house in Japan.  We didn't have ANY of our own furniture.  Our house was furnished by my husband's job and the few pieces of furniture we had stored back in America while we were in Japan for six years was from college or not big enough for our growing family.  I was so stressed at how we were going to furnish a house for 6 people on a tight budget.

Then I found Ana White and it was the perfect solution!  It started out that my husband was doing all the building.  But he was too busy with work and so I picked up his tools and started to learn how to build myself.  Seriously 18 months ago I had never even touched a hammer, used a saw or a nail gun.  But I got brave and tried it.  Ana's plans are so easy to follow that you don't have to know everything or anything about building furniture to give it a try.  I don't know all the technical building terms but I can follow an Ana White plan!

For the book I got to build a collapsible sewing table!  It's perfect for small spaces.  When it's all set up you have space to cut out your project and sew.  You could even run a serger on one side and your regular machine on the other side.

When the sides collapse you can slide it in a closet or use it as a end table.  So perfect for sewers and crafters without a ton of space.

The Handbuilt Home can be pre-ordered now and gets released October 9th!


  1. That is so exciting! You have got some amazing talent. I too have been a follower of Ana for years now, isn't funny how much different it is now? She's a household name!

  2. So do I get to say I know a celebrity now?! Lol..... I know what I am asking for Christmas now, this would be perfect as my sewing room was moved into our Master bedroom and we have no space now. So happy for you and wonderful job!!!

  3. I adore your project! Congrats on being in the book. That table is perfect.

  4. Brook,
    Congrats on the book contribution!!! I love Ana's website for sooo many reasons but mostly because she gives confidence to women and shows them that they can build stuff too! I'm so thankful for your projects and blog! One day I'm going to try to build something (when I have the space) and when I!

  5. I have been obsessed with her site and plans but have not been able to make anything by myself which is my ultimate goal. My hubby and I made the $10 ledges and a bench but I want to make something next with my new KregJig.

    I have the hardest time with holding the boards in place and using clamps. Any suggesstions because it is extremely frustrating?


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