Built in Cabinets/Bookcase

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Blog series by Jerome updated 01-28-2014 01:27 AM 5 parts 10380 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Intro - Building the Base

01-27-2014 09:01 PM by Jerome | 4 comments »

My wife and I moved into our first home back in the Summer of 2011. In the family room, the were spaces on each side of the fireplace for shelving etc. Over the years I have browsed pictures and magazines to come up with the perfect way to make use of the adequate space provided. Fast forward to about a week prior to Christmas (2013) when my new neighbor decided to work on his built-in cabinets. He purchased two base cabinets and painted them white. I listened as he told me his plan to bui...

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Part 2: From Base to Cabinet

01-27-2014 11:25 PM by Jerome | 3 comments »

Before I begin my narrative on the construction of the cabinets, I want to shed a few more details about the base. When the carpet was removed I used a spade bit to make a 1 and 1/4 ” hole through the floor. My basement is unfinished and i can do all the wiring i want now, or at least be prepared for it later. The inside floor of the cabinet also has a D shaped hole right above the floor hole. A key consideration of the height of the base was dependent on the existing trim going arou...

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Part 3: The Shelves

01-28-2014 12:06 AM by Jerome | 3 comments »

The shelves, the shelves, the shelves! There were so many “learning experiences” with this portion. I never made a dado cut. I didnt have a dado blade set, or a dado insert for my table saw, and my fence was too short to support my work. To make matters worse, my plywood was not flat. HD did me a favor by cutting the plywood into strips. Someone on CL did me a favor by giving me an Armoire, which i cannibalized for screws, wood, drawer slides, knobs, and other hardware (nice p...

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Part 4: The Doors

01-28-2014 12:55 AM by Jerome | 1 comment »

One thing that is consistent with my home is chair rail molding. its in the foyer, dining room, everywhere. So I made up my mind to tie that in with the doors. A gift from the sawdust gods supplied me with 126 feet of free chair rail, so i was set. Another gift was the picture molding. I used the picture molding at the top or each shelf and chair molding at the bottom. I only needed about 60 feet of chair molding. The rest, HD was kind enough to accept for in store credit. I was adamant about...

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Part 5: The Finish

01-28-2014 01:27 AM by Jerome | 2 comments »

I say that this is the finish, but at this point there is minor work to be done, but done enough! Ill begin this with the electrical. I picked up the halogen recessed lighting and wired it up. I could easily cut through the wall since the side the shelf would cover up the holes. Luckily, I left enough space at the top of the bookcase to mount the light fixture. Originally i intended on putting the light in front of the bookcase, but there was a beam going across the front. The design chall...

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