Home projects -- built-in and bay window

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Project by Kelby posted 10-04-2012 06:02 AM 1300 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

These are pictures of some of the work I did at our prior home. All of it is cherry, except for maple trim around the computer desk in the fifth picture.

I have mixed feelings about these projects. On the one hand, I enjoyed, them and I am proud of how they came out. On the other hand, we bought a new house right after I finished the work, so we didn’t get to enjoy it much. :(

The first photo is a built-in bookcase I installed in an entryway that we added to the back of the home, off the living room. You can also see a little of the trim that I put in around the entryway. It was all finished in Danish Oil.

The second photo is a bay window. I didn’t install the window itself (the white plastic and glass), but I did all the cherry trim. Again, finished in Danish Oil.

The third photo is a set of cabinets I made for the laundry room. Solid cherry cabinets are a bit overkill for a laundry room, but these were the first cabinets I had built, so I wanted to do my best work and learn from whatever mistakes I made. I learned a bit, but overall, I was happy with how they came out. More Danish Oil.

The fourth photo is a vanity for the master bathroom. I apologize for the partial photo, but it was a cramped vanity area and it was difficult to squeeze the whole thing into one photo. The vanity base is finished in shellac, and the top is in Waterlox.

The fifth photo is the very first project I did for the home. It is a computer desk (on the bottom) and some shelves for printer, etc. up top. We believe it is prudent to keep computers out in the open spaces in the home, and our house didn’t have a perfect spot for one. This turned out to be the perfect place, perfect size, and as simple and imperfect though my woodworking was, this was far and away the project that garnered the most “oohs” and “ahhs” because of the functionality it added to the home. It was finished in urethane.

The sixth photo is a medicine cabinet in the master bath. It is finished in shellac. I didn’t want a door on it, because I used it to display my straight razors, shaving mugs and brushes, and so on, which added a decorative element. Unfortunately, due to practical limitations based on stud location and where the cabinet needed to be, the screws holding the cabinet up are very visible. But it was easy enough to put a shaving mug in front of them.

While I didn’t get much use out of these projects before we bought our new home, they were a great experience. I learned a lot, and that experience is paying off in the projects I have been doing in our current house. I’ll post some of those photos in the future.

These projects also provided a constant reminder that the best woodworking projects are the ones you can use and enjoy every day. I have built many woodworking toys (guitars, etc.) and tools over the years, and they have all been fun. But these were projects that I and my family enjoyed every single day. My kids spent hours at that computer desk every afternoon, and it was always fun when they had friends over who were excited about it. I have enough kids that my wife spends way too much time in the laundry room, and she commented on those cabinets constantly, and how much more she liked them than the beat up cabinets we had in there before. Cabinets and finish carpentry are not inherently my favorite woodworking projects, but now I enjoy building them a lot more because I realize more how much the family will appreciate them.

Perhaps these pictures will help motivate some fellow LJ’ers to finish some of the woodworking projects on their honey-do list.

But either way, thanks for looking.

-- Kelby

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Tom Godfrey

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 11:58 AM

Super nice work. Sorry you didn’t get to enjoy the work but someone else sure will have a lot to be proud of. You don’t set work like that in every house these days. Most cabinet work i see in most houses look great but for the most part its nothing but some cheap junk just made to look nice.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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