|Project by shaun||posted 09-16-2007 04:32 PM||19388 views||2 times favorited||20 comments|
This is my first time posting a project here so be paitent with me. My wife and I were renovating a condo, it’s built on a slab so there’s no basement and all the utilties (water meter, hot water heater, etc) are tucked away out of sight throughout the ground level. All except the circuit breaker panel. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the door, it almost jumps off the wall and smacks you in the face.
We looked high and low for an off the shelf solution to this eyesore and the best we could come up with was “hang a picture over it”. Since that wasn’t a good enough answer for me, I decided to build this shallow cabinet and mount it over the breaker panel. I got the idea from a hide away ironing board type thing I saw at one of the big box stores.
The whole thing is soid oak (ecept for the back panel) and I held it all together using my Kreg pocket hole jig (I love that thing). I probably could have cut the cost a bit by throwing some plywood in there but the cabinet is shallow enough that using solid wood didn’t break the bank. The door on the cabinet is wide enough so that when it’s open, the door on the breaker panel swings past 90 degrees to the wall and you have clear access to the breakers should you ever need to flip one.The back is cut out so that it fits nicely over the existing breaker panel and it’s mounted to the sheet rock wth anchors so it comes off the wall easily should anyone ever need to get inside the breaker panel. You really can’t tell from the pictures but I ran an ogee over the edges to sweeten the look.
-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!