Craftsman built-ins #1: Window seat - stereo cabinet #1

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 11-24-2012 09:40 PM 4575 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Four years after major home renovation work, I’ve decided to tackle the living room space in our 1943 ranch. The house has an interesting feature…the interior walls were not studded/plastered; instead, the exterior brick was simply stuccoed on the interior…which makes for awkward built-in attachment. My larger goal is to work my way around the room installing built-ins in a craftsman like style. The individual projects I’ll address in this blog will include:

1. 9’ Window seat/stereo cabinet
2. Half wall with columns near front door
3. Half wall across first wall with storage/doors/columns
4. Two bookcases w/glass panel doors
5. Electric fireplace enclosure
6. Coat rack/bench

So…here we go. I initially removed the baseboard/trim which was interesting because it was nailed directly into concrete. I took measurements for the window seat and wall and marked them with tape.

Next step was to hit Home Depot for supplies. I purchased a sheet of hardwood plywood and 8 2×4x8 pine. I also picked up an 8×1 pine board for trim. I planned to paint these projects, so was not worried about the type of wood I used. Paint can cover a variety of sins!

I spent a day in prep with my construction grade 2×4s. I sized them, joined them and ran them through a planer. Next notched the boards. My idea was to make the carcass frame out of the 2×4s and top it with the 3/4” plywood. In addition to being a window seat, I wanted to place my old stereo equipment in the unit, so it would serve two functions. This is going to be a challenge as I don’t want the bench to be over 21” in height and the speakers are about 14” laid on their sides.

Next step was to begin putting the pieces together. I decided to use half-lap joints. This is a very strong, simple joint. And since I’ll be painting, the seams/joints won’t show. Dry fit went well. Tomorrow, I plan to start the glue up.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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