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Twin-Sized Bed With Pull-Out Desk, Closet, and Dresser #6: The closet unit, part one

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Blog entry by gbarteck posted 02-10-2010 05:57 AM 1487 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In our last episode…The dresser was completed (except for installing the hardware). Now the first of two installments on the mini-closet.

When I started the mini-closet for this build I didn’t think it would take very long at all. But this portion of the project turned out to the most interesting part of the project so far.

I started out thinking that the closet should be the simplest thing; a simple box with two doors on the front. When I wrote down all of the parts of the closet, I did a double-take:

  1. The closet box itself
  2. face frame for closet front
  3. closet hanger rod
  4. Two storage shelves
  5. rail-and-style doors
  6. Access Ladder to climb into bed

Everything by itself sounds simple, I guess, but my first reaction was that this part of the project was full of little sub-projects. I said to myself, “gotta take it piece by piece.”

First was the box. Simple enough. four panels for the floor, top,and sides (with some 1/4” ply to cover the back. Because the bed box ultimately covers the top of everything but the desk, I used cheap plywood for the top panels of the dresser and closet. After cutting to Oak ply panels for the two sides of the closet, I didn’t have any enough oak ply for the bottom, so I used some birch—I didn’t have to buy it, and it is hidden behind doors for the most part. I stained and put the satin poly on the panels before assembling them:

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After pyutting ther 1/4 ply on the back. It was time to make the face frame. My initial thought was to cut the frame pieces to size, cut some slots for some #0 biscuits and biscuit it all together. Got as far as cutting the pieces and them came to realize (by holding a biscuit up to a cut board) that biscuits are too big for this particular application.

“Didn’t you learn anything from the previous build?” I said to myself. My reason for wanting to use biscuits was basically that I didn’t want to bother with mortise and tenons, and I don’t own a pocket screw jig. As I sat there pondering what to do, I could tell that something was gnawing at my brain. Like Jason Bourne trying to remember who he was in his former life, what I hoped would be a solution flutter at the edge of my conciousness.

Then I remembered about floating tenons (I think that’s the right name.) Basically the best of both worlds—a cross between a mortise and tenon and a biscuited joint.

I figured that if I cut down some 1/4” plywood wafers

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and route out 1/4” grooves on my boards, I could jopin everything that way.

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So that’s what I did. It was actually very easy, and I ended up with a fine face frame for my mini-closet.

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Then I installed some boards vertically to accept the bracket for the closet hanger rod on one side and the supports for the storage shelves on the other.

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All that’s left top do is put in the shelvesd, build the doors and the access ladder. I don’t want to make this entry too long, so I’ll call it a night for now.

-- "A day without sunshine is like...night."



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 02-10-2010 06:38 AM

Keep up the good work

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 11:45 AM

Looks great. Very useable and well built.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 12:35 PM

Good progress and good save with the floating tenons. Just for fun I made a plywood biscuit which I glued up in a joint and did the same with a regular biscuit just to see which joint was stronger. The plywood biscuit won!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 02:33 PM

Looking real good Greg.

This is a big project. I bet the kids love ‘em.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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