Built-in Book Cases

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Project by anynamewillwork25 posted 12-16-2009 10:32 PM 2513 views 17 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wall was perfect for a window seat and built in bookcases in my son’s new room. The idea came from from a Kreg Jig video and a Workbench magazine cover. The floor vent had to be moved about 1 foot away from the wall, also a wall socket on the left side wall had to be moved 16”. Carpet was pulled back about halfway across the room, side wall base was trimmed with a dremel before removing. 4 main cases consist of 2 upper bookcases & 2 lower cabinets using allot of pocket hole screws. The seat portion & soffit were built as panels. The addition of mouldings dresses things up a bit. Someone told me to go big with the edge molding but I did not want it to be too fancy in a bedroom, so excluded it on the panels. Primary materials are maple plywood & popular 1x. A little extra wood was designed in that was scribed to walls. Crown moulding always looks good, and the soffit offset adds interest. My favorite detail is the beading around the shelf. These were primed with BIN, (rolled on) and sprayed with Sherwin Williams Classic enamal paint using HVLP (challenging). Reinstalling the carpet was the most difficult part of the whole project. Plan to have someone sew up flat cushions. Time frame: 6 weeks worth of nights & weekends. Thanks for all your comments.

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#1 posted 12-16-2009 11:06 PM

Nice but I don’t think it will take long for your son to outgrow his new bunkbed. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 11:21 PM

You did a great job. Looks like the work of a pro.

-- Guy,PEI

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#3 posted 12-17-2009 12:46 AM

Nice job on the built-in.

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#4 posted 12-17-2009 01:46 AM

I agree with spud looks professional job. Looks like your son is enjoying it.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#5 posted 12-17-2009 04:01 AM

This looks amazing! This is exactly what I want to do in my son’s room. What did you do about the ac vent & the carpet? It looks exactly like the window I have. My main challenge is going to be the ac vent; it comes out in the ceiling right where the left bookshelf/cabinet would be, so it would need to be moved. Did you remove the carpet or build on top of it and bolt it to the wall? I would like to do it without removing the carpet but I have heard to do it right it needs to be removed.

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#6 posted 12-17-2009 04:31 AM

Beautiful looking set of cabinets! You did a great job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 12-17-2009 05:21 AM

Really very nice looking built-ins. Excellent workmanship!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 12-17-2009 06:05 AM

Very professional looking, clean lines, I love it!

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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#9 posted 12-17-2009 07:51 AM

Great job, looks real good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 12-17-2009 04:34 PM

Beautiful work! Any clue how many hours it took to build all that?

JNelson: I did a ton of tile work in my last house. Removing carpet is quite easy and just requires a utility knife and prybar (for the tack strips). You would want to check your floor for level before building cabinets on top of it.

-- Will, Tampa, FL

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#11 posted 12-17-2009 06:47 PM

Looks fantastic a great job. The shelves are just the right size for BOY storage LOL

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 12-17-2009 10:53 PM

Beautiful work. It looks like you sprayed it in place. I especially like that last pic. He’ll really appreciate all your work in a few more years

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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