Built-ins for studying #2: In Over My Head - (true first post in series)

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Blog entry by Bulkhead posted 01-19-2015 04:05 PM 1478 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You experienced woodworkers may find it amusing or simply feel a sense of familiarity with me, other folks newer to the woodworking pursuit may find reason to scale back your ambition or, depending on my outcome may find inspiration. Time will tell!

This blog (following the recommendation on this site as to where content should be posted, in this case in a blog instead of a project) is intended to generate feedback from the experienced community here rather than provide advice about how best to execute techniques or share what works for me.

I have embarked on a project that from my perspective feels a bit of a stretch and so I would greatly appreciate input from you. I plan to post specific questions in appropriate sections of the forum and hope to be able to reference back here for information specific to my situation rather than crowd multiple posts in the forums with duplicate information.

About a year ago my wife and I decided to dedicate a room (unused dinging room) to use for homework, school projects and other creative projects for my two young daughters.

Because I have always wanted to pursue woodworking as a hobby and following receipt of a very high quote from a national closet design and installation company, I decided to build out the room myself…

Below is a rendering of the room as I would like it to appear when complete. The upper shelving is all face framed and painted while the lower cabinets are frameless. I am planning to build the two walls out and the center table. The french doors including molding are already in place. I have installed the can lights and will install the crown molding when the built-ins are complete.

I am planning to use birch ply and poplar or maple for cabinets and possibly walnut for the desktops.

I have a number of questions to ask already and will update this blog in an effort to make my project clearer for any who seek more information about it to perhaps provide context for questions I ask in the forums.

More to come…


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#1 posted 01-19-2015 04:05 PM

I am truly sorry this took so long to come through. I found it by chance.

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."

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#2 posted 01-19-2015 04:31 PM

Looks like a very ambitious, yet well planned, project.

I look forward to hearing how things have gone if you still come around this site.

Good luck and remember…

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 07:18 PM

And welcome. I’m sure you can find a lot of questions answered here. You might also post some of your questions, if you haven’t already, on the Home Refurbers page. (See the link below). THere is a wealth of stuff about home construction and remodeling there.

-- Ed

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#4 posted 01-21-2015 05:39 AM

Nice build plan, just ask when you need to

-- Norman

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#5 posted 02-15-2015 07:32 PM

Thanks Cricket,

Been a while since I logged in here, and I did thing that I had posted correctly to the forum originally, but began second-guessing myself when it didn’t appear.

Glad you found the original post.

I am going to update my blog with some progress related to this project but thought I should create a “series” out of these. Now that this original post has been posted, can it be moved into a “series”? I ask because as I was about to create a new entry, I saw the option to create a series. Before doing so, I thought I’d ask if I can or should put the original post into such.

Thanks for guidance.

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