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Forum topic by ZiggyZ posted 10-23-2015 05:27 PM 562 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ZiggyZ

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10-23-2015 05:27 PM

Need some second opinions here please. I designed and built this mudroom cabinet for our home and the wife had Liked the basics ketchup I did. However it did not I include how it would meet, or in this case not meet the walls. I chose to not meet them to to all the obstructions with the handrail on the left side and wanted a nice balance look with all of the vertical pieces being aligned. So now my wife saw this as I began installing and was concerned about the gaps on the side which are about six inches. Do I rebuild and extend the entire cabinet to the wall, just the base or leave it as is? Please help!

Btw, dark oak will be installed to match the stairs.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 10-23-2015 05:32 PM

I won’t offer an opinion, but can tell you that gap will be a cleaning headache…and it will probably catch all kind of, well, dirt. If you decide to fill the gap, couldn’t you just buiid some kind of filler for each side?

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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firefighterontheside

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#2 posted 10-23-2015 05:33 PM

Leave it. It looks like a piece of furniture that could be moved around if you wanted. Perhaps you could even make it movable.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 10-23-2015 05:34 PM

I say it looks great. Sometimes the eye will initially be concerned with something that doesn’t matter. It really does look nice. As long as a Swiffer duster can reach in both sides, you are golden!

If you must fix it, could you slide the whole unit towards the staircase, and build a matching umbrella holder for the right side? Just throwing ideas around.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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waho6o9

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#4 posted 10-23-2015 05:43 PM

I’d cut the base moulding on the right side and back and attach your fine work to the wall.

On the left side I’d make a table flush with seat. Or, cut the B moulding and scribe in a table

flush with a seat.

Nice work Ziggy

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#5 posted 10-23-2015 05:50 PM

I agree and say leave it!! I like that it appears a piece of custom furniture and not built in. Great Job!!

-- If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right

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isotope

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#6 posted 10-23-2015 05:59 PM



I say it looks great. Sometimes the eye will initially be concerned with something that doesn t matter. It really does look nice. As long as a Swiffer duster can reach in both sides, you are golden!

If you must fix it, could you slide the whole unit towards the staircase, and build a matching umbrella holder for the right side? Just throwing ideas around.

- pintodeluxe

My vote is a mix of a couple of responses. I would slide the unit to the right up against the wall (perhaps also cut out the base boards for a flush fit up against the wall). And make an umbrella holder for the left side, between the bench and the stairs. Or leave it centered as is. I would not rebuilt it. It looks great as is. Nice work.

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#7 posted 10-23-2015 06:09 PM

I would leave it.

I would also like to see your ketchup drawing, that is if the dog didn’t already lick it up :)

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firefighterontheside

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#8 posted 10-23-2015 06:13 PM

Lol. Ketchup! I didn’t ketch that before.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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BurlyBob

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#9 posted 10-23-2015 06:39 PM

Zig that’s a real nice looking piece. IF your concerned about stuff falling between it and the walls, you could add a skirt to the bottom and put it on casters so you can move it around for semi annual cleanings. I want to see the final product down the road. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a real nice addition to your home.

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ZiggyZ

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#10 posted 10-23-2015 07:00 PM

Haha, I know, I know…dang Ipad and it’s auto correct, or so it thinks…has a mind of its own!

Appreciate everyone’s opinions…looks like the wife says leave it…going with the “piece of furniture look”.

I really think she just doesnt want to wait another week for me to reengineer and build a new one. So, Hopefully knock out the install this weekend. I’ll add some photos of it and a few other built-ins I’ve done over the last few months to my projects soon.

Thanks again and take care. Have a good weekend making sawdust!

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firefighterontheside

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#11 posted 10-23-2015 07:15 PM

I figured it was the iPad. Guess how I know.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 10-24-2015 12:19 AM

I like it just the way it is. The spaces along the sides are just right to stand up a broom/etc.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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splatman

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#13 posted 10-24-2015 01:51 AM

I agree with the non-built-in look. Just chase the dust bunnies with a Swiffer when needed. Suggestion: Build a box for each side, as tall as the seat, that fits in its respective space. Not built in, so they can be moved when needed. Places to put umbrellas, brooms, whateva.

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