An Office for the House -- Complete With Woodworking Projects #1: In The Beginning

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Blog entry by RobH posted 08-09-2009 10:08 PM 4347 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of weeks ago, my wife decided she wanted to make the guest bedroom into an office. We only use the guest bedroom a couple of time a year, I need a place to work on my non-woodworking projects, and our boys need a little more room to play. The solution is to get rid of the guest bedroom and make it into an office. I am so glad she decided to do this. I have been needing a place to work when I telework, and the boys are running out of space for all of the toys.

So, we started planning. There are three main projects that I am going to get to do for setting up this office:

(1) We need a desk. The current computer desk is simply not functional for the work I am involved with. I need something larger. More on the desk either tonight or tomorrow, so far it has been an up and down project.

(2) I am going to build some storage for the kids toys. We went to IKEA yesterday and looked at their TROFAST system. Wanting their system, but not the sized they were providing, we decided to buy the plastic bins there, and then I am going to build the frames.

(3) A cabinet to put CDs, DVDs, paper, and all the trappings of the office life into. This will put things in the office as well as getting the stuff out of another cabinet that we have in the dining room. This will, of course, open up some more storage in the cabinet of the dining room.

I need to get all of these project done as quickly as possible. I am hoping that I can have it all drawn up by the end of the week. I am planning on doing all of this using home center pine. It is cheap, and I can get it good enough to make it work. Not only that, but the desk and the cabinet are going to be Shaker style and the pine will just enhance the look.

I will update as I get things done. I hope everyone enjoys.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 08-09-2009 10:10 PM

Looking forward to following your progress. Wishing you success on your timeline.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 08-09-2009 10:23 PM

Great….and important project…

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#3 posted 08-09-2009 10:25 PM

If MA MA ain’t happy…

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#4 posted 08-09-2009 10:45 PM


Sounds like a busy couple of weeks ahead! Getting extra space without having to build another room is always a good thing!

Looking forward to the pictures!

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

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 02:53 AM

Sounds like a great project. looking forward to pictures of your progress. keep us posted.

-- John @

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 07:55 AM

You can do it!

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