So recently we had gutted our downstairs. Our home is a 70’s split-level and the walls were previously covered in painted-over wood paneling. We took off all the walls, ran 5 new circuits, put in a ton more lights, and redid the fireplace with gas inserts.
Now the walls are back up and painted, and it’s time to build all the built-ins that I have planned. I’m putting shelving/drawer units on either side of the fireplace, then making a double desk for our computers, a vanity for the bathroom, and of course all the trim, mantel, etc. will be done too.
This is my inspiration pic as far as style, colors go:
The first thing that I need to make is the built-in where all the electronics will be kept. Right now it is a bare wall with a huge snarl of wires and cables and I need to get it all covered up and tucked away. I’ve already strategically placed outlets and the low-voltage boxes so that they will end up on the shelves where I want that particular equipment to be. The bottom half of this built-in will be a drawer cabinet to store DVDs and games, and little drawers for the extra remotes. It will be 3’ high, 4’ wide and 2’ deep. It is probably the most complicated part of my whole project, and hopefully I’ll figure it out okay and the rest will be easy peasy.
Here is my sketch:
Once I get that done, I will build the shelves for the upper part of the unit. They will be all open shelves so the equipment stays nice and cool. Except for the speaker – I’m going to make a nice screen that will hide it away but let the sound out.
I should probably note that I have not made furniture before.
I have some tools of my own already. I am mooching a table saw from a friend who says I can borrow it for at least a couple months. I’ve got a compound miter, router (+dovetail jig), jigsaw, circular saw, and I just picked up a dewalt biscuit joiner off of craigslist for cheap today. I need to get some pipe clamps too. I’m not sure what else I’ll need? I guess I’ll figure that out! Hopefully I can get by with what I have so far.
Tomorrow I will go pick out my first batch of wood from my local lumberyard. A plug here for Dunn Lumber. I heart them. I’m going to be making stuff out of cherry since I can get it in boards and plywood both. This drawer cabinet can mostly be made from regular cheap plywood for the parts you don’t see and then I’ll make the face frame, top, side, and drawer fronts out of cherry.
What else can I ramble about? I think the hardest part of being a newbie to this is planning out the strategy for assembling everything. I have a pretty good idea of how to put it all together just from reading and checking out the furniture I have. And I’ve installed premade cabinets. But this will be an adventure! I’m looking forward to it. (Except the part where I have to park outside the garage in the cold temporarily – brrrr!!!)
Anyhoo, stay tuned and watch the noob work out her project. I’ll post lots of pics along the way. :)