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Project by usfcork posted 02-12-2016 04:45 PM 1006 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted built-ins in a front room of the house. We don’t have much stuff, but we do have books. So I figured I would give it a shot. She gave me a picture of ones she liked…and I just made the rest up as I went. They are made from all things “Big Box Home Store” – so plywood, MDF, and pine. Unfortunately, we recently moved to Charlotte NC and I can’t find a place that is local that actually sells decent wood (AND is open on the weekends). So everything I have been making these days is out of plywood…

There are two sides and a shelve over the doorway. Both sides include shelving uppers and a cabinet below. The cabinet door portion is made out of MDF with pine rails and stiles. I’m sure you guys know a better way to do it, but I sure struggled with flush doors. Needless to say, they are not going to be in any of my future projects for a while….

For the crown, my wife wanted a custom look and I wanted to meet her expectations, but without too much work. Again, probably not the best way, but it’s made out of 4 separate pieces stacked together, 3 are 1×2s with a routed edges and the middle piece is a store bought piece of crown. The small crown work around the fake columns was difficult for me – so a fair amount of caulk was used.

It was primed and painted to match the base board molding in the house. All-in-all, I was happy with it.

As always, any constructive criticism and/or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 02-12-2016 05:02 PM

Very, very nice.
Even though you said it wasn’t that bad, that crown molding looks crazy difficult to create.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 02-12-2016 05:26 PM

Nice work,
I like it that you took the extra step to create the panels above the doors.

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#3 posted 02-12-2016 05:33 PM

Very nice.

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 06:37 PM

That looks great! Love the attention to detail. Thank you for sharing your project pictures – they give me some good ideas.

I have Built-Ins on my long list of projects. (Cabinets with upper bookcases on either side of the fireplace.) I’m planning on doing Pine/MDF doors too – or at least trying to.

Caulk is definitely my friend – especially on painted work. I’m currently working on all our interior window trim – going from “builder basic” to the craftsman style. If I was going to stain it all, it would take me 3X as long to do the job. As we are painting it all, a bit of caulk/sealant goes a LONG way to a faster job.

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#5 posted 02-12-2016 07:26 PM

Unclejimbob -

Thanks for the kind words. Yes, LOTS of caulk was used in the process. Of course the built-ins moved to the top of my “to build list” since the wife was wanting them. I can’t say that anything I’ve worked on and stained really came out all that well. Still working on it and stealing ideas from this site every day.

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#6 posted 02-13-2016 01:03 AM

Caulk is always a friend on painted projects. The built ins look great, nice work.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#7 posted 02-13-2016 03:04 AM

I think you may get a lot of offers for work…...don’t tell them you did it, say you paid someone to do it…they’ll think you spent thousands.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#8 posted 02-13-2016 02:20 PM

Extremily nice, nothing that you could buy could compare.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 02-13-2016 05:13 PM

nice work

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