I’m doing a rather “unorthodox” build of an inbuilt cupboard (have asked a few questions
about this before but with new ideas I have new questions;) ). As the walls are
made of brick, I don’t want to use traditional cabinetry/boxes which would cover
the brick / reduce air circulation and very possibly lead to mold problems.
A very rough drawing of the 3 wall cavity (left) and frame which breaks
down the builtin (right) into sections are shown below.
Brief description of builtin construction
The builtin will be some 2,6m tall, 0,75m wide and 0,6m deep.
The builtin is basically the frame, a drawer case and 2 shelves.
Looking at the drawing on the right we have (looking from floor to ceiling):
-toe kick (a board will be attached across the width of the builtin)
-2 drawers – drawer case slides into frame and at back sits on adjustable legs/
screwed to wall/frame as needed
- shelf screwed to drawer case top (for next section above)
- 2 doors for the section for hanging clothes .
- smaller 2 door section at top eg for blankets (there is a shelf which is supported by 3 boards
screwed to the 3 walls)
Doors are eurostyle, inset at carcass level attached to the vertical members of frame
I would appreciate like help with following points:
There are tiles laid vertically on walls at floor level (cca 10mm thick) , frame is
cca 25mm thick and I want to have 50mm wide trim molding around frame(do I pad the whole frame
or parts of it with pieces of wood (eg screwed/glued) to allow trim to be nailed near the wall ?
How is it best to attach the frame to the walls ?
When using expanding foam, I guess I need small shims just to get frame plumb, trim nailed on one
side, then fill with foam and later trim foam and attach trim on other side.
If using screws , are small shims good enough or a substantial piece of wood scribed to the wall ?
Would 3 screws through each vertical member be enough (I guess the horizontal
member at ceiling level doesn’t need to be screwed to the ceiling)?
Is it better to screw the frame or use expanding foam ?
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