Utilizing Dead Space In Stair Case

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Project by ND2ELK posted 05-14-2008 05:41 AM 2902 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This lighted What-Not Shelf, China Hutch and Wardrobe were installed in the dead space above the stair case. What is nice about cabinets like these, is the cabinets only stick out into the room a 1 1/2” or less. Thus not taking any floor space from the room they are in.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 05-14-2008 05:45 AM

Very cool solution for some normally wasted space. Nice job. Thank you for sharing.

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#2 posted 05-14-2008 06:01 AM

Very nice! I hate wasted space!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-14-2008 06:07 AM

Now that is nice. Great thinking and planning. I once toured a multi-million dollar showcase home and they had a really big screen TV built into that space but the staircase it was built under was quite a show piece itself. Oh well. haha. Good thinking pal.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#4 posted 05-14-2008 07:27 AM

Very nicely ‘reclaimed’ space. I like it!!!

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#5 posted 05-14-2008 12:17 PM

These a simply gorgeous cabinets. Great use of space as well.

What wood did you use?

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#6 posted 05-14-2008 02:17 PM

Great ideas!

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

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#7 posted 05-14-2008 03:42 PM

Well done buddy! Love built ins like that.

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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#8 posted 05-14-2008 04:19 PM

Scott :

1. The What-Not Shelf is made of 1/2” solid red oak. It is finished with medium oak stain, 2 coats of satin poly and wax applied with #000 steel wool.

2. The China Hutch is made of birch plwood and soild face frame and drawer covers. It is finished with cherry stain, 2 coats of satin poly and wax applied with #000 steel wool.

3. The wardrobe is made of red mahogany plywood and solid face frame and banding on the drawer covers and doors. It was finished with 2 coats of satin poly and wax applied with #000 steel wool.

All the drawers were 1/2” baltic birch finished with 2 coats of satin poly and wax applied with#000 steel wool.

Thanks for asking!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 05-14-2008 06:31 PM

Great idea!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 05-15-2008 01:54 AM

Beautiful job! I especially like the China Hutch. It’s neat to see someone add those quality touches to a contemporary home. The space between the studs of old homes here in the St.Louis area are frequently found to have these nice touches. My daughter’s last apartment & the home she lives in now have cabinet doors beneath the kitchen windows. These cabinets placed between the studs of exterior walls were used for refridgeration of perishables in the old days. I think they have an “R” value of -5. Can you imagine someone doing that with the cost of heating & cooling a home these days?!

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#11 posted 05-15-2008 02:21 AM

Nice job !!!


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#12 posted 05-15-2008 11:36 AM

great stuff tom , i do a lot of the same thing as the what not shelf in knee walls or half walls that you often see in a foryer as well . great looking projects !

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#13 posted 05-16-2008 04:21 AM

Now that’s using your head! great ideas and execution as always.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#14 posted 05-16-2008 07:36 AM

Pretty cool Tom!!!

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