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Recessed Hall Shelves for my Favorite Client

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Project by Peter Oxley posted 01-30-2012 05:57 AM 2433 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a lot of great clients, but my favorite is my wife, Marianne. Unfortunately, just as the cobbler’s son has no shoes, the woodworker’s wife has no custom furniture! Well, I’m trying to start to change that … at least a little. One step in that directon: I just completed these shelves in our hallway.

The cabinets are Brown Hard Maple finished in clear semi-gloss laquer. The door panels were all bookmatched except one where bandsaw drift messed up the panel.

The cabinets are inset into the wall between the studs. None of the studs were where I expected them, so the actual case widths are all over the place. Rather than build the doors various sizes to fit the cases, I built the faceframe to evenly divide the face and hide the irregularity of the case sizes. This wall has varying thickness because of features on the other side, so the shelves have depths between 6” and 12” while only encroaching into the hallway by about 4”. They are already full of books and board games.

It’s hard to get a good photograph, because I couldn’t get far enough away from the cabinets – the hall is only so wide! My camera, which usually takes really good pictures, rendered these a little grainy.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --





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woodworm

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 06:05 AM

From beautiful lumber into the beauty!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 06:30 AM

They all look great Peter. A real cool design and super maple.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 01:35 PM

Peter, what a great way to make use of unutilized space, looks great and nicely done,

If I understand what you are saying, you built around the studs and your walls are greater then 4” thick, also by your 4” protruding into the hallway that’s giving you that extra 4” of space as well?

Adding to my favs

Randy

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 02:27 PM

beautiful. bookmatches are very nice. what’s the inside look like?

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 03:27 PM

Really excellent work, Peter!

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

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 09:43 PM

Nicely done!!!

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 09:50 PM

I was contemplating doing something very similar Peter. Do you have any pics with the doors open? I would be interested to see how much room you get inside and how the studs come into play. Very nice job!

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 12:08 AM

Thumbs up on recognizing your favorite client.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#9 posted 02-01-2012 04:42 AM

If that’s the drift on the right, I like it much better than book matching. Hope you don’t have to move, for her sake.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#10 posted 02-01-2012 05:49 AM

Thanks for the great comments, everyone!

Let’s see if I can answer a couple of questions …

@ Blackie – you are correct, the cabinets are built around the studs, so they only have to extend into the hall about 4”.

@ Roger and StikleyStyle – I’ll try to get some photos of the interior posted in the next couple of days. I’m going to set up some better lighting and see if I can get some better photos of the exterior, too.

@ vipond33 – the drift-match (or slip-match) is on the right in the first photo. It didn’t come out too bad. I prefer the bookmatch myself, but if it had to happen, this was the right panel for it … some of the others wouldn’t have looked as good. I hope I don’t move, too! Projects like this would be hard to leave behind.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 03:32 PM

As promised (and better late than never) here are a couple of photos of the interior of the shelf cabinets. This is the spacing you can expect with standard stud locations, which I didn’t have in the other two cabinets. I’ve removed some books so you can get an idea of the depth.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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#12 posted 03-07-2012 12:19 AM

oh yea. very nice. that is deeper than i pictured in my mind. really nice. lotsa room

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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