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.
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.
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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