Quick Cubbies & Pallet Face Frame

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Project by spunwood posted 01-31-2011 04:23 AM 2830 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed a place to store our children. We just let them pretend it was a boat. It mainly was just that in our living room until I put the final coat on tonight. The milk paint (Real Milk Paint) reacted a bit funny tonight with some brown streaks and crackling. The first coat didn’t do that. I had a coat of shellac and two coats of paint. Maybe because the paint sat for a few days it did this?

This had a few firsts: my first face frame (pallet poplar from a sheet metal place I discovered); also “molding”. I was inspired by a video I saw on this sight to by some dowels and use the tablesaw to do some beading; and I did my first toekick.

Mitered face frames and beads were a bit tricky and they did not come out perfect. Nor did the lap joints do just right…and so on, but this was a quick project which was very encouraging. I am beginning to feel some real proficiency in planning and constructing.

Stephanie designed the structure. I planned it and added the funny shapped cubby front on the bottom because she requested a way of sweeping out the dust.

Finally, I put a top on the cubbies which is featured in the last picture. What is that thing called? Either way, you can see the spalting from the pallet wood there. I hand cut them with a coping saw and smoothed them with a sander on my drill press and by hand.


-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 07:18 PM

Brandon, Good job. It looks like you have room for a few more kids. Keep at it. Stay positive thats how we all learn. Nice find on the pallet wood.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 02:02 AM

Really nice work.
I love the kids dressed to play, bet they liked it better like that…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 03:35 AM

You went through all that work just for a place to store your children,we just put our daughter in the closet for storage! Obviously I’m kidding, nice work.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 05:07 AM

whoa!! That looks good and sounds like a lot of work. You seem to have done fine with the new tasks. I CAN’T BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW IMPRESSED I AM THAT SHE HAD THE FORESIGHT TO PLAN FOR THAT CUBBIE CLEANING PROBLEM!!!! I have cleaned and painted cubbies many, many times, and neither job is fun.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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