Downstairs Built-ins Extravaganza! #13: Next unit!

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Blog entry by BethMartin posted 07-08-2009 07:44 PM 1411 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Where I'm at! Part 13 of Downstairs Built-ins Extravaganza! series Part 14: Things so far and sketching out mantel and my new macaw »

I started working on my second shelving unit, though I’m not quite done with the first. I figure I’ll make all my drawer fronts and doors at the same time. Things have slowed down a bit over here with birthdays and holidays and a visit from my BIL. Hopefully I’ll get back in gear soon.

This is the sketch for the 2nd shelving unit on the other side of the fireplace from the first. This one is all one piece, and not as deep as the first one I made. It also has to sit underneath a soffit, so it’s not quite as tall. The bottom half will store board games, as my husband is a board game geek. Then there is a place for the other front speaker, and an adjustable shelf next to that.

And here is where I’m at so far. The case is done and finished. Now I have to make the face frame. This is the back, and the top is to the bottom right.

This one went a little more quickly now that I have a little more clue what I’m doing. Making more use of pocket screws when I can put them out of sight. (Looking at my pic, I could probably use a few more pocket screws, I was trying to throw this together fast before my glue dried.) I used a router for ALL my dadoes this time, and the router and I fought a little bit. So there are some extra gouges but luckily they are all where you can’t see them. I also had a bit of trouble with the plywood. So far I’ve been able to get away with “not-quite-cabinet-grade” maple ply and it’s been really nice. But this time I got a not-so-great piece with a bunch of voids in it. What happens is that when you wet it down with dye, or raise the grain, you end up with a small section with ripples in it as the wood warps. Luckily these are all out of sight too.

I’m still working on the windows bit by bit. They are coming out really nice, and all I need to do now is put on the bottom trim and the sills.

They look really messy as they are covered in drywall dust. I had to trim back the drywall in spots so that everything would meet up without gaps in the trim. But you can get an idea of the design I ended up with. The vertical pieces meet the horizontal pieces with slightly overlapping rabbets.

-- Beth

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#1 posted 07-08-2009 07:48 PM

oooh, this starts to take on a new form and look – looks fantastic!

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#2 posted 07-08-2009 08:08 PM

Love reading your posts. You are a few steps ahead of me and I learn a lot! My todos coming up are wall units like yours and kitchen. But I am practicing on the laundryroom and shop first…

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#3 posted 07-08-2009 08:26 PM

You are amazing! Really nice work!!
Thanks for posting. I really really really like what you’ve done with the windows!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 07-08-2009 08:34 PM


This is coming along, beautifully! The framing around the windows is really great!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 07-08-2009 09:56 PM

Looking good Beth!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#6 posted 07-09-2009 03:28 AM

Way to go Beth looks great

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 07-09-2009 06:31 PM

great trim ,
and the shelves will add more detail !
pretty soon ,
it will look like you bought it this way . but you know ,
and can be proud ,
as we are of you !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 07-10-2009 10:10 AM

I am beginning to think you kew more than you let on when you started. Looking great. You remiind me of my Dau-in-law, adding a whole new dimension to homemaker! :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 07-19-2009 05:47 AM

Keep it up and you’ll be giving us lessons before long!

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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