Fortress of Solitude/Office/man-cave Wall

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 12-14-2014 03:45 PM 2008 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started this in April this year. I had an 18’ knee wall that just wasn’t doing anything exciting in the room above my garage. So, with my wife’s permissiong (only for this room would she ever give me permission to do “anything”), I took the sawzall and started in on something I couldn’t leave unfinished. Kinda scary. Again, this was a totally new experience to me.

So, took out the wall. Hauled the chunks downstairs past my shaking wife and out to the truck. She said she was not prepared to hear those saws going up there and was cringing at every sound while I was taking those walls out.

I then filled in all the rafter space with air channels, insullation and some of the neatest stuff, Reflectix, a silver coated air bubble stuff that reflects all the heat from the roof back out the roof. Stuff really works.

Then I constructed two identical frame sets and attached to the walls at either end. Joined those two frames for the middle section. Started in on 12 boxes, small ones for the lighted area’s and larger ones for the bookcase sections. Those actually didn’t take too long. Primed and painted the boxes, then finally did a test fit into the 2×4 frames. Only had a couple that needed some belt sander adjustments to fit.

Then came the part I had no clue how to accomplish. The facing and millwork. How to fill in the all the blank area’s and trim work. I chose MDF as the filler, then built up some C- frame boxes for the pillars and topped them with fluted column. Got a massive stair workout with the moulding, measure once, cut three times to sneak up on the exact fit (plus a little caulking to hide any imperfect miters…hey it was my first time).

Lots of hole filling, sanding, priming, painting later, it’s finally everything I’d hoped for and more. The wife didn’t even venture up to look for 3 months….she was too scared of what I might have done to her house. She’s now a huge fan of the room and we spend a lot of time up there.

I have another wall exactly the same on the opposite wall, but I’m most likely not going to do anything of this magnitude with that.

Hope you all enjoy and

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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Mike Throckmorton

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#1 posted 12-14-2014 03:53 PM

Bold play! Super well done.

Sometimes you just have to tuck away the sensitive parts and jump in…

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 04:39 PM

Nice use of wasted space.

My only suggestion is to move your speakers closer to ear level for better acoustics.

-- Brad, Texas,

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 12-14-2014 08:35 PM

Excellent project. I love it!! The NASCAR cars can drive right out of that wall full size!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 12-15-2014 01:49 AM

Looks wonderful, so when is the wife moving her stuff in

-- Norman

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#5 posted 12-15-2014 01:43 PM

I love the name, Fortress of solitude. Can I use it?

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#6 posted 12-15-2014 05:57 PM

Looks great, but isn’t that Kneel wall structural?

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 12-15-2014 11:01 PM

Well done Scott. Beautiful work. That is a great use of wasted space. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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Scott Oldre

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#8 posted 12-16-2014 12:16 AM

Pretzer – feel free to snag Fortress of Solitude. Superman hasn’t come after me for using it yet.
Rob – The knee wall isn’t structural, but the framing for the boxes I put in basically takes the place of and actually increases the vertical support where the wall meets the rafters.

Thanks to all for the kind words. It was a long drawn out project, but well worth it. Give a whole new feeling when relaxing in that room now.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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