|Project by CedarFreakCarl||posted 05-09-2007 02:35 AM||1707 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
About 16 years ago when the HVAC guy was installing my installing my heating and air system, he accidently cut a hole in my hardwood floor whilst attempting to put a return in. Well, to make a long story short, I just had the trim guy build a desk over the hole in the floor and around the air return grille.
He built it out of birch plywood, nailed and glued. It looked ok and served the purpose well for 10 or 12 years. He used no mortise and tenon or biscuit construction, so sooner or later, wear and tear would take it’s toll. With the addition of a child two years ago, it’s days were really numbered. After my little bundle of joy kicked the bottom out of one of the file drawers, my mind was made up.
Sooo, I decided to give the old desk a facelift. I removed the birch plywood facing and replaced it with cypress. I was replacing the floor in the kitchen w/ prefinished Australian cypress which is supposed to be harder than red oak, so I used that for the top. The sides are v-tongue and groove juniper that I had sawn locally and had been gathering dust in the basement ever since I built the house. The drawers are sandeply w/ western cedar faces.
The louver covering the air return is made from cypress. (that was my first effort at making a jig for my router) The upper book cases are all western cedar as are the panels in the center. I put those panels in as an afterthought so that I could hide the wires going up to the cable modem and router and to also conceal the lighting wiring. There is also a ventilation fan so that we get a little air changeover inside from the cpu heat.
I’ve build a lot of stuff, but this is really my first try at cabinet construction. I made plenty of mistakes, but leaned a bunch. Time will tell if it’s going to hold up. Looking back, I would probably have built it from scratch instead of refacing. But, on the bright side, I’m planning on building new kitchen cabinets so I’ll be constructing them in my shop from the ground up. We’ll see.
-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC