My first built-ins

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Project by Brawny posted 04-13-2015 03:23 PM 1780 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My cousin asked me to build some built-ins, originally for her living room so they could house their TV a bit better than it was previously being used. They had it on an old dresser that was awkwardly placed in the corner. We went through a few iterations and finally landed on doing the built-in shelving in the entry/sitting room and constructing a corner cabinet in the living room for the TV and other equipment as you can see in the first three photos.

The original design wasn’t going to be as large, so I had actually planned to make the whole thing out of poplar, but once it expanded to what it became, I decided to go with 3/4” MDF for the carcass and use the poplar as the face frames and the doors for the TV cabinet. This ended up working well, especially considering my only planer is an old Stanley No. 7 and I was not looking forward to planing all that poplar by hand. I used 3/4” for the sides and shelves and 1/2” for the back panels, and routed the shelves into the sides and back in order to keep them as rigid as possible. In order to make it a bit easier on myself I laid out the sides on a single sheet, routed the dadoes and then cut them to rough width, staked them together and cut them to final width so that they matched exactly. This worked out pretty well and made roughing out the pieces go really fast. This sort of operation is what makes me really love my track saw, especially in a small shop. The assembly of the units is what killed me in my little shop. You can see that the “mock up” takes up nearly my entire shop, so as I was getting them assembled, I had nowhere to put them. I eventually got them all assembled and then primed and took them to Lawrence, KS for the install.

Install took me a bit longer than expected, which is typical, but I learned a lot and had a great time doing it. I had to go back the next week for some finishing touches, like an outlet that wasn’t accounted for and some final trim, but when I was there my cousin asked if I would like to do her kitchen and that some of her friends wanted built-ins for their house. So, I would say it turned out pretty well.

-- The day I know it all, is the day I die.

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#1 posted 04-13-2015 04:21 PM

Very nice indeed!!

-- Lee

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 04:49 AM

Well done, sir

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 01:01 PM

Thank you.

-- The day I know it all, is the day I die.

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 01:37 PM

These look great, lovely job. Well done,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 01:40 PM

These look very nice and clean. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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