Air Conditioner in a box

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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 316 days ago 993 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A diversion during the remodeling of our house. I’ve outfitted our air conditioner with cabinet doors. I’ve had to install and remove the AC from the window each year. It’s a job and I wanted to find a solution that would let me leave it in short of mounting it in the wall.

I started out by opening the window and installing the AC as usual. This time though I took great pains in sealing off the AC and window opening with insulation, silicone caulk, and plastic from a piece of vinyl siding custom cut to fit in open areas. I then built a box with weather stripping that would fit in the window area around the AC. The box was then fitted with a cabinet front and a couple of raised panel doors I made, that open 180 degrees. The inside is lined with 1” foam insulation and the doors have a layer of insulation that can be removed in summer. When using the AC the doors are opened, the insulation removed and the AC plugged in.

Nothing spectacular here as I’ve made dozens of doors and this was an afternoon project, but someone might consider it if in my same situation so I thought I’d post it. The finish is just a couple of coats of sprayed on polycrylic. The wood is red oak.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 316 days ago

God job, looks terrific. I remember installing those things, over and over and over.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 316 days ago

Great idea and very attractive!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 316 days ago

Interesting idea! We don’t have central a/c and have to remove & install 4 or 5 window units each year.

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#4 posted 316 days ago

really nice dan, much better than having to yank it in and out.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 315 days ago

Great work, and good idea. Always good to hide them when not needed. Nice idea.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 315 days ago

Beautiful, and a really slick solution to your needs. Great design, I’m sure there are many others on this site that will benefit from your inspiration.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 315 days ago

That’s a lot better than the picture in my parent’s house and the moulding I Was going to use around mine next door .Both are high wall but a cabinet looks so much better .Thanks for the inspiration .

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#8 posted 313 days ago

Great looking build, a great solution to hide and store the AC. Like the raised panel doors and moulding, they dress up the window as well. Great job!

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