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Project by Thepps posted 1074 days ago 3973 views 29 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I use our second story loft in our house as a toy room for our two year old son. The problem was the room was a complete MESS! Toys scattered everywhere. No organization what so ever.

Before:

After:

The built-in’s have made a huge difference. Toy room always stays neat. Our two year old has to put his current toy away before he can get a new toy.

Built out of birch plywood and poplar. Measure’s 8’ tall and about 14’6” wide. Adjustable shelves on the four towers and has two window seats so we can read books. Six deep dovetailed drawers allow little hands to access most of all his toys.

Also added crown molding throughout the loft.

Thanks for viewing.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1074 days ago

Great project and a huge improvement for the room!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Hermando

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#2 posted 1074 days ago

Awesome upgrade to any room, I have been planning a somewhat similar unit for my granddaughters bedroom. Any chance you have a few pictures of the construction for leveling along the wall. What sort of material did you use. Was the base built separate from the wall units.

Over all this project is an inspiration to begin my project.

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Thepps

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#3 posted 1074 days ago

Thanks Hermando. Unfortunately, I do not have any construction photos. The base unit is built separately. I removed the carpet and tack strip, and then shimmed the base to level. The base is much smaller than the towers, so it was much easier to level.

The base is also two separate units. I scribed the face frame on the one side and slid it in place. Then did the same thing to the other side. Once the base is level, you just have to scribe the towers and slide them in place. They will already be level since the base is level.

Workbench magazine #294 has a great article that is almost identical to what I did. I followed it very closely.
Norm also built a very similar project. You can find it here:
http://www.newyankee.com/getproduct.php?0513

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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Thepps

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#4 posted 1074 days ago

Also, if anyone wants my sketchup file, just send me a message and I’ll glad send it over.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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ronstar

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#5 posted 1074 days ago

Great job!

I’m building something similar for a walk in closet, and have a couple of questions.
Did you spray paint your built-in? If yes, did you spray it before or after it was installed?

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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Thepps

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#6 posted 1073 days ago

Thanks ronstar. Yes, I sprayed two coats of primer and three of latex paint. I can never paint by hand and get professional results, so I always spray when I can. I tried using my Wagner NB HVLP gun, but I have a real hard time getting paint to flow through it. So, I ended up buying a Wagner airless sprayer, and boy does it paint! So much easier than hvlp or by hand.

I did some touch up painting by hand after it was installed, over nail holes that were puttied.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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ronstar

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#7 posted 1073 days ago

Thanks Thepps! That’s the way I’m attacking mine. I just wanted to make sure others were doing the build/paint/install/touchup routine. I really like the way yours turned out.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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RexMcKinnon

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#8 posted 1067 days ago

Great upgrade, now to train the little guy to put things back where he found them.

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

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jaysonic

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#9 posted 660 days ago

Love it, fantastic job!

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