Den Remodel

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Project by fogbow posted 10-19-2016 02:32 AM 1188 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After living with the dark stained exterior plywood (last pic) in my den since I moved here I decided I needed to lighten it up a bit. At 61 years old I figured I didn’t have many big projects left in me. Took about two months of nights and weekends to remove the plywood and replace it with 1×6 knotty pine. This is the best stuff I ever worked with. It’s T&G and end matched. I did the whole room with less than a 20 lb. litter box of waste wood.

I’d never attempted built in shelves before so that has been a real learning curve and part of the reason I joined LJ. Finally got the pine and cedar striped drop down desk and cabinets installed last weekend. Now I need to learn to think small and put some shelves and drawers in the desk. Any suggestions will be appreciated. I’ve about worn out YouTube trying to figure out how to make drawers but haven’t been brave enough start.

I also did the floating mantel and hid all the TV wires in there and in the lower cabinet. Once I get the interior of the desk completed I’d like to learn how to do some small woodworking. Quilt block boxes or tabletops.

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#1 posted 10-25-2016 09:05 PM

Way to go! Looks awesome. There is always such a great feeling of accomplishment after doing something like that.

As you will see once you jump in, drawers aren’t really that difficult. Not sure what tools you have, but a router table will make quick work of some 1/2” solid stock and the grooves to hold the bottoms. I have used a specialized drawer lock router bit to do the joints which worked great. Unless of course you want to go all out and do dovetails…that’s another world all together.

Best of luck with the project and keep us posted…


-- "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Gil Bailie

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#2 posted 10-25-2016 10:56 PM

Thanks, Allan. I’m still studying on how to finish the inside of the drop down desk. Want to put a 15” tower with a drawer and some shelves on one side. Been doing a lot of reading on here to avoid mistakes. Not ready for dovetail joinery quite yet. Utilitarian will be just fine. Also, got a little sidetracked doing a couple of end grain cutting boards for Christmas presents. Isn’t it a requirement to make a few cutting boards before moving on to more advanced woodworking? ;-)


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#3 posted 03-14-2017 05:51 PM

Wow this looks great. What a makeover. I really like the t&g pine. I would probably do every room in the house in it if we’re up to me. It really did brighten it up. The fireplace and the desk look great. What did you use on the floor?

-- The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. Jean Cocteau

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#4 posted 03-14-2017 06:27 PM

Thanks Mooseman. I’d love to do the whole house in T&G. Maybe when I win the lottery. The floor is carpeted. I have four cats and they need traction!


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