Craftsman built-ins #6: Knee wall

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 12-05-2012 03:17 PM 5526 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Window seat - stereo cabinet #5 Part 6 of Craftsman built-ins series Part 7: Knee wall #2 »

I’ve been back in the shop the last several days working on the next phase of this project. My goal was to build a knee wall to cap off the stereo cabinet/window seat near the front door. This half wall will be 44” high, 42” long and 19” deep. I saved the baseboard I pulled earlier and will reuse it. This will be the configuration:

I spent two days constructing the wall out of 3/4” hardwood plywood and 1 by pine. It was fairly simple to put together. My wife wanted cubbys to hold baskets for gloves, scarves, etc….it has six. I daddo’d the shelves using my RAS and framed the front plywood edges with pine. Beadboard was used for backing. I used the RAS also for crosscuts and mitering…the table saw for ripping. This is what it looked like on the final glue-up:

Gave it a couple coats of primer using Zinsser BIN:

I was able to transport the wall from shop to house myself using a dolly, although it does weigh a ton. Installation was farily quick. I used masonary screws to attach it to the brick wall and wood screws to anchor it to the window seat. I’ll trim it up, but here’s close to the final look:

I’m happy with the end product and have been inspired to proceed on to the next knee wall directly across from this one.

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

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 09:25 PM

Its nice to find another RAS. user on this forum, they still have there place in the shop as well.

Your projects came out really nice, you were going for the craftsman style, your work shows good craftsmanship all together.

I enjoyed your build blog.

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