In saving space, making one piece out of two functions will be a nice way of making tailored furnitures. There are lots of variation, a two piece sets and some are built separately and screwed together. This project started after I built the Agnes’ shelve blogged on first part. The design came in due to the need of storing hutch and a display shelve. There are some challenges such as.
1. The design requirements
I have a very limited space… 40 inches width x 6 1/2 ft high. The depth needs to be 16 inches inside to accomodate most of the containers. A full swing door that will carry a weight of a rice container 15 kg load. The door must be at least fully enclosed that no insects can go inside (how????) The shelve must be strong to hold heavier object. It must stand stable.
2. Recycled Materials
No money must be involve and use the old door jambs. Plywood would be okay. Minimize use of new things such as varnish or any materials that will be a part of cost. I was worried about joining 2×2 end to end to make longer post but I manage to join them ….. a beveled lap joint glued together.
one jointed post
and the other…
3. Mortise and Tenon
Strong and rigid design that I have to use mortise and tenon… Actually, I decided to use this joints as my personal challenge. I want to test my patience in dealing with router (portable), chisels and without the use of dowels. (Part 1 of the series, I experienced that dowels may not be required if strength of the flooring or the shelve is already attached.) When I connected the framework… yet without glue, it was strong with 50 mortises and tenons.
4. Hutch Doors
I got a different situation here from a normal work. I have previous plywood that was from a table that will be recycled however half of it is 1 inch thick (laminated with 1/4 plywood+3/4 plywood) and the other was only 3/4. I have to laminate 1/4 ply to compensate the thickness and make two doors. Definitely it was an extraornary plywood thickness to become a door. I have to make a full swing door and strong hinges. I have to pause on this part because I need to think what sort of hardwares I have to use.
Stained and finish.. I mixed a different blend of stain and painted thick to have uniform color.
THIS IS HOW IT LOOKS AT PRESENT:
The front upper
The Back. I used recycled 1/4 ply as back cover. One side was already painted white.
The Lower hutch with door. Notice that the doors are brown colored and I did not take out the color and use it instead.