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Project by Medickep posted 08-06-2014 05:38 PM 2216 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a lot of members, this project would be no big deal, but as a wood worker with less than a year career this was my Super bowl.

We had two recessed areas around our fire place that I always thought would be perfect for this and before I did wood working, we hired a guy to build our mantle. We asked him how much for built ins and he sated around 1,000 for just shelves.

I wanted more than just shelves and envisioned some cabinets for extra storage, and I knew I did not want to tackle this in a stain grade project, plus my wife and I thought painted as we have the stained mantle, floors and cabinets across from this area!

I added some power strips in the cabinets for some charging stations for all of my kids gadgets as they’re always lying around! Plus I made one for my gadgets.

The build was easier than the finish work, which surprised me, and if I had to do it again, I would have used a higher quality wood for the trim, as I felt like I was sanding, sanding and sanding more!

For me the hinges were the hardest part as I’ve only worked with them a little and I wanted everything to be uniformed. I felt like I was always adjusting these little buggers!

We also had a hard time deciding on a color, so I asked my friend who is super handing with Photoshop to show what it would look like in several different colors. This help a lot and saved some money in paint. In the end, we chose the color of our walls, so they looked like they were part of the house.

The picture with the black shelves is what the area looked like before.

-- Keith

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#1 posted 08-06-2014 07:09 PM

Amazing work! A year into woodworking? Man … I can’t imagine trying to pull something like that off so well. Congrats! It should serve you well for a long time.

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 07:45 PM


Thanks for the kind words. What the photos
Donte reveal is some of the “learning” points during the project! But I suppose that’s what makes it my project!

-- Keith

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 09:42 PM

That looks amazing!i hope i can tackle a job like that a year from now!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 10:09 PM

Real nice job, looks good.

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#5 posted 08-07-2014 08:25 AM

Great work, they look really nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 08-07-2014 02:25 PM

Thanks everyone! It feels good to be done with this one! Off to a RAS/chop saw bench!

-- Keith

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#7 posted 08-07-2014 03:20 PM

Excellent craftsmanship. Especially with only 1 year under your belt!


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#8 posted 08-08-2014 02:45 AM

Very nice looking. Good job.

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#9 posted 08-08-2014 02:49 AM

Nice work Keith. It looks great and perfect for the location.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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