Plans and Drawings #1: Combination Loft

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 04-05-2008 03:40 PM 1518 reads 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a request or two on how I made the Combination Loft. I was going to scan my notes and email them to the LJ but thought why not share with everyone. First remember these were intended for me so they may not make since to anyone else. I am posting it here so there can be dialogue back and forth.

I’ve built this version two times. One time in white and the other time in the pine version.
Pine Loft

This is some dimensions to show the side panels
Side Panel

Here are some more overall dimensions.
Overall dimensions

Here are my notes on some overall sizes of the individual pieces (top, left). Below that the side rail. Note how I didn’t flush the bottom of the side rails to the cleat. This was so the side rail could overlap the bookcase and chest top. Below the side rail is how I cut out the slats to hold the ½” back on the desk. I did the same thing on the desk top. There is also the ladder configuration on the bottom, left.

My notes on the left side mid-way up talks about a filler strip. This is so the chest and curio/bookcase can clear the side rail brackets on the lower section. If you add the width of the chest, desk, and bookcase it is 75 ¼”. The overall space is 77”. This is why there is a filler strip.

This is the overall size of each piece. NOTE: I changed it mid-way. I noticed that the ¾” top would not work since I am overhanging the side rail. I believe that I changed that to 1 ½” thick. I didn’t use 1 ½” thick material. I just made that top section with a face frame style molding. Notice everything is a frameless design.
Individual cutlist

This last page was where I determined the side rail and bracket placement. Be careful using my measurements on the bracket placement at the bottom. I measure from different places on the bracket. The 1 ¼ is the distance from the edge to the inside of the side rail. The bracket that I use can be found at Rockler #38892. The ladder bracket is part number76638

I hope this is useful. Sorry if you can’t understand it. Like I said, I took these note intending for me to be the only one using them. Post a comment if you have any questions.

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#1 posted 04-05-2008 03:50 PM

If anyone would like a PDF file of this send me a message with your real email address so that I can attach a file.

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#2 posted 04-05-2008 04:23 PM

Thanks Chris.

Your plans look like mine do, should help a lot.

I remember when I made the conference table for the ND Historical Society. It would seat 20 people and it was to match the diamond shaped conference room. I was suppose to meet with the architect in the state capital cafateria to find out what they wanted. He drew a sketch on a napkin and handed it to me! I wonder how much he charged for that blue print! Anyway, don’t need much information to build something. Thanks again.

God Bless

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#3 posted 04-05-2008 05:51 PM

Chris thanks for your generosity.

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#4 posted 04-05-2008 07:58 PM

Thanks for the drawings!

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#5 posted 04-05-2008 10:09 PM

great drawings… helps see your planning senses.

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#6 posted 04-06-2008 07:23 AM

Thanks for sharing…. I personally prefer the Pine version. How did you finish that one?

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#7 posted 04-06-2008 02:28 PM

I can’t remember exactly what stain I used but it was a combination of some from Minwax. I matched the customers existing furniture. The top coat was Sherwin Williams Pre-Cat. Lacquer. I spray both my stain and lacquer. The stain is sprayed from a cheep gravity feed convential gun. I spray my lacquer from an air-less.

One that That I did for the first time on the Pine one was to use MDF core with the pine veneer on top. I did that becaure of all the edges. I didin’t want to just band them, because I’d be stuck with squre edges. I didn’t want to use solid stock because of the time involved. I saw someone use this product for doors and thought it would work here. I just cut the side panels out and rounded them over with a router like I would on solid stock. After sandeding it real good, it turned out great. It is a little darker then the rest but gives it a nice effect.

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