Ana White’s interest in building furniture grew out of desperation. Or maybe stubbornness.
White built her first piece because she and her husband couldn’t afford good furniture, and she refused to waste money on low-quality pieces as a stopgap. Since then, she’s built hundreds of projects as well as a following for ana-white.com, a website where she teaches others how to create her easy-to-build pieces.
Now White is sharing some of her favorite projects in her new book, The Handbuilt Home. The book contains instructions for 34 inexpensive projects that White insists are achievable even by people without woodworking skills or elaborate tools.
She teaches readers basic techniques, helps them choose materials and coaches them to work safely. She then takes them step by step through the process of building pieces such as tables, hutches, beds and even a child’s play kitchen.
The Handbuilt Home is published by Potter Craft and sells for $22.99 in softcover.
— Mary Beth Breckenridge