Craftsman built-ins #7: Knee wall #2

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 12-10-2012 02:03 PM 8566 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Knee wall Part 7 of Craftsman built-ins series Part 8: Fireplace surround »

The last several days were spent in the shop working on the second knee wall which will stand opposite the first. This project is somewhat different and more complex than the first. My wife wanted this to serve as an enclosed storage unit. The challenge was to build a solid structure that has doors and access to the shelves the length of unit. This meant a different construction method was needed although the look had to be similar.

I decided to use 3/4” hardwood plywood for the top and sides, bead-board for the back and pine for the trim. To give the unit strength, I used construction grade 2×4s that I cleaned up using my joiner, planer, and table saw. Doors are similar in construction to those on the previously constructed window seat. This is what the initial glue up looked like:

I wanted the shelving to be secure and also add stability, so decided to dado the 2×4s on three sides and notch the shelves; also, the plywood is dado’d on the sides. This method resulted in an extremely solid unit. The two doors were made of pine, simple lap joints, and 1/4” plywood panels. I again used hand forged iron hardware, which while expensive, looks pretty nice. Later, I will be building book shelves that join this unit at a 90 degree angle against the wall so that portion is unfinished. This was the final glue up:

I put on a few coats of Zinsser BIN and it looks good. Although heavy, I was able to move this wall from shop to house using a dolly. Here are a few photos of what it looks like in place:

My next project is to build a surround for an electric fireplace insert. I’ll take the baseboard off and secure the unit to the wall, and trim when the insert enclosure is ready. Things are coming together well!

-- 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 09:31 PM

Your projects look very nice painted.

Your workmanship on the cabinets, with the prep work on the lumber, (2×4’s) included, makes the woodwork look very nice even without paint.

Your prep work on the lumber, make the cabinet look good enough to stain, and still look as good as a furniture piece.

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