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Blog entry by Jerry posted 02-21-2012 12:01 PM 641 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We decided some time ago, when we built the house on 03,that we would like to one day upgrade the area between the kitchen and dinning /living room by replacing the white painted pine ledge with something more attractive and functional. Well about 3 years ago when I started into woodworking we began to get more serious about the upgrade until a few months ago when we both planned and bought the oak for the project

When we starting out the ledge looked like this:

It is my intent to go through this project to highlight some of the areas of real learning and development of my woodworking skills, and perhaps pass some of my new experience.

-- We are all one decision away from stupid.



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Warren

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 12:14 PM

My wife an I have a house that was built in 1963. We just had the electric upgraded from fuses to breakers and was that a chore, but back to the topic you posted, I wish to put in a breakfast bar between the livingroom and kitchen as I think it will open both rooms up more. I posted a topic on this in the forums section and got one reply the Gentleman told me to buy the stools first which I think is a great idea to start with. My neighbor Had some cheery trees cut for lumber and gave me a few peices of it, nice peices t too. The wall is a support wall its about 10 feet from side to side once I cut the hole for the bar do you think I will have to brace it with polls or can I simply frame it in. Im thinking to make the bar about 5-6 feet long

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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Warren

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 12:15 PM

Oh very nice work I like it

-- Warren, Cambridge,OH.

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 06:59 PM

If I understand what you want to do it is no small undertaking. You will have to run a header with a king studs and at least two jack studs per side. Depending on how far you plan to span for the opening I would use double 2×12 with 1/2” spacer for the header. You will also want to support the ceiling joists on both sides of the wall until you get the header and studs in place. If any of this is unfamiliar, I suggest you get a contractor or a friend that understands all this to assist you. You don’t want to have part of your ceiling to drop on you. Be safe and consult someone if you need to.

-- We are all one decision away from stupid.

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