|Project by Builder_Bob||posted 09-04-2012 10:15 PM||1834 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
No fine woodworking to be found here, just a built in utility storage cabinet. Plywood carcass, face frame, drawer boxes and separate draw fronts. Straight forward and actually, I farmed out the doors, drawer fronts, and three of the drawer boxes.
It’s hard to photograph this big piece in a small room! The unit was built above an existing heating register. I turned some funky legs (made from a 4×4 fence post) to cover up the plywood sections that extend to the floor and support the cabinet. The shoe cubbies were an interesting idea. Can you tell that my wife teaches preschool?
I learned a few interesting things during this project that I thought I’d pass along.
Sketchup – I’m an almost retired electrical engineer and have used CAD programs for many years, but not 3D drawing CAD. I tried to use Sketchup a few times before, but I just couldn’t get my head into it. Push me, pull you, what are they talking about?
I was able to use it here for the first time. All the parts are really just rectangles. What a difference it made! I could fuss with the design and get a thumbs up from my better half. I was able to order all the fronts before making the first cut.
I’ve already started a coffee table for my daughter and we are able to tweak the design despite the 350 mile distance between us. We even got a model of her sofa and built a room with her wall, rug, and fabric colors to see how it would all look together.
Lakeside Molding – I didn’t want to make the five piece raised panel door and drawer fronts. I’ve ordered these before, but the ones with MDF centers and wood frames can really get costly.
I stumbled onto Lakeside Molding in Mississippi (www.lakesidemoulding.com) and wow, what a great solution for this project. All the fronts were custom made to my sizes, CNC routed from one piece of MDF. Any front up to 36” by 36” is $12.95. I also ordered three custom plywood dovetailed drawer boxes as seen in the photos. $16.00 each! The work was done quickly (they advertise four business days). In less than two weeks they were Fedx’d to my doorstep. Good packaging, no damage. There are shipping costs and their offerings are somewhat restricted, but I was thrilled! I’ll be back!
e-Box – The original concept was to get the wireless printer out of the dining room. Somehow the whole project ballooned into this cabinet. The double door section of the cabinet contains the printer. I repurposed some wire shelving and installed electrical outlet strips to collect our other e-junk. Sliding closet door guides worked well to support laptops. I ordered some stick-on battery powered motion sensing lights which I’ll try tonight.
This section of the unit is so popular I haven’t been able to finish it! I declare it to be done!
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