New Closet for David

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Project by Sandy posted 12-28-2014 07:50 PM 1772 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Son, David, just bought his first house, and he wanted to replace the original “wire” closet system in the master bedroom. Here’s the design I came up with. It uses Easy Track rails screwed into the studs to hang all the vertical members which were cut from plywood, edge banded, and poly stained. There are five adjustable shelves in each corner, and five drawers (using 14” GlideRite ball bearing drawer slides) in the middle section.

For the drawers, I purchased 8’ long prefinished 6” x 1/2” maple drawer stock. It comes already edge banded, with a 1/4” dado cut for the bottom, and it’s already polyurethaned, so all I had to do was cut it to length on my Festool Kapex miter saw, cut the bottoms from a prefinished 1/4” maple 4’ x 8’ sheet, and assemble it with 4 mm Dominos (using a Festool Domino joiner and an aftermarket Domiplate). The verticals came from big box plywood cut to 14” width and 1824 mm length (close to 6’, but a multiple of 32 mm) using the parallel guides, with shelf holes made using an LR32 and OF1400. The verticals and corner shelves were finished using Minwax poly stain.

Since I use 14” wide verticals and 14” drawer slides, I cut the drawer sides to 13” which makes them 14” deep (when butt joined to the fronts/rears). By making the fronts/rears 23” wide, together with the extra 1/2” per side for the drawer slides, the distance between the verticals that house the drawers is 24”. With those drawer dimensions you get five drawers out of four 8’ pieces with very little waste. In order to have them fit into the rear of my SUV I have two boards cut in half (48” each, which provides eight of the front/rear 23” pieces) and the other two cut at 53”/43” (with the 53” pieces each providing a 23” front/rear and two 13” sides, and the 43” pieces each providing three 13” sides).

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#1 posted 12-28-2014 08:07 PM

Nice redo. Does your son know how lucky and spoiled he is?

Happy New Year.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 12:03 AM

Awesome design and workmanship.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 12:41 AM

Alex, of course he does. Maybe I should send him over to you so you can teach him how to make me a Tyvek boat.

Dshute, thank you for the kind comments.

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#4 posted 12-29-2014 04:58 AM

Very nice indeed Sandy and well done! Thanks for Posting.

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#5 posted 12-29-2014 07:41 AM

Thank you for your comment Rick, and I passed on your under sink slide out project to David, as his kitchen sink has obstructions in the center, and I had suggested that he use slide out shelves. Then, I saw yours.

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#6 posted 12-29-2014 09:00 AM

Indeed, that’s slick and well thought of buddy.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#7 posted 12-29-2014 04:44 PM

Very nice. Love the wood contrast.

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#8 posted 12-29-2014 07:41 PM

Sodabowski and sunshine 2012, thank you, both, for your kind comments.

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