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Forum topic by splinterking posted 09-19-2014 02:17 PM 1009 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2014 02:17 PM

Hi I’m wondering if anybody knows the solution to my problem. I’m sure it’s simpler than I making it, but here it is. I’m building a little “entertainment” type cabinet, for the TV, cable box etc. that is going to sit back in to a recess nook in a room where a built in book case used to be. This piece will be about 32” tall and surrounded on 3 side by the side of recess nook so you really just see the front and the top. Kind of like a window seat,but the window is a flat screen TV. Here is the thing I can’t figure out. The house is older so the wall nook is nowhere near square(smaller in the back than the front) and since I can’t fit the piece that will make the top and scribe it how do I get this to be flush?

Thanks for any help.

-- "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." ~Mark Twain

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#1 posted 09-19-2014 02:27 PM

I’m sure an experienced cabinet installer will probably chime in, but my inexperienced self would use smaller scrap pieces to make the scribe cuts, then transfer that to the finished piece. Or, use scrap pieces, or cardboard, to build a makeshift full-size template of the area, then transfer that shape to the final piece and cut it out. You’ll probably find that the back wall is not quite parallel to the front opening, either. In the end, you can attach some decorative molding to the top/wall joint or caulk/paint it to match the wall.

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 03:09 PM

Use cardboard strips to make a template for the top.

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 03:48 PM

Trim would be the easiest way. Caulk is a carpenters best friend as they say.
I would make a full size cardboard template of the top. Then I would remove 1/16” on three sides, if you make the exact size, you’ll never get it in place without damage. Caulk disappears in 1/16” gaps.

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#4 posted 09-19-2014 04:01 PM

I appreciate everyone’s advice. I think I will try a cardboard template.

-- "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." ~Mark Twain

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