|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 04-11-2014 01:25 PM||1048 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
04-11-2014 01:25 PM
I suppose this more of a drywall/trim carpentry question, but hopefully someone can help me out. I’m going to be building some built-in cabinets with upper bookcases to go on either side of our downstairs fireplace. The problem is that the downstairs walls currently are paneled with v-groove wood paneling, which we are going to be drywalling over at some undetermined point in the future. This means that I don’t think I can build the built-ins all the way to the side wall paneling, because then we couldn’t fit drywall behind them.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do? I think my options are:
(a) Put up the drywall on the section of the walls where the built-ins will meet them. The problem with this approach is that I don’t know when we’ll be able to finish the rest of the drywall – it could be a few years.
(b) Leave a 1/2” gap between the built ins and the wall, so that I can slide a drywall panel back there once we do decide to install. I could put a 1/2” sheet of plywood between the built-ins and the wall as I’m building, to ensure that I’ve got a gap, then remove the sheet when I’m done and tack up a strip to cover the gap for the time being. The only problem with this approach is that I was hoping to fix the built-ins to the wall itself, both for ease of building and to help keep everything square and plumb.
Anyone have any ideas? Should I just bite the bullet and drywall that section of the wall before I start? Due to time issues, I pretty have to make the built-ins now because we need the storage space and my wife and toddler will be out of town for Easter, giving me a one week window to do nothing but work on the built-ins in my free time.
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.