Olds' Frog Room

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Project by Edward E Nock II posted 03-20-2009 06:10 PM 9380 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You might ask, “What is a FROG ROOM?” It’s really a, ” Family Room Over Garage”.
I finished these cabinets last year. They were designed by an Architect friend of mine. All of the components were prefabricated in my shop and assembled on site. The wall were furred out and covered w/ 1/2” plywood. You will notice that the window is off-center of the room. This was an ideal time to use “Story Sticks” & on-site photos.


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#1 posted 03-20-2009 06:32 PM

Looks like a good job. so, the next questions: why is it a frog room? :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-20-2009 06:39 PM

F for family R for room O for Over and G for Garage I belive. Nice job Ed you gave me some design ideas for a project I have been contemplating for a year now.
Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 03-20-2009 06:45 PM

Ed is that birch? Did you spray the finish?

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#4 posted 03-20-2009 06:56 PM

I think that is too big of a project for me to tackle, but I could definitely use the storage in my own bonus room.

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#5 posted 03-20-2009 07:03 PM

I have the same question as sandhill. I might be commissioned for a built in mud room piece that would be painted, and am not sure what the best materials would be. I was thinking poplar since its easy to machine, but I’ll need plywood too. As far as I know there isn’t poplar veneered plywood. Would a finish grade pine plywood be a good substitute? Also, what type of paint did you use?

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#6 posted 03-20-2009 07:10 PM


A great looking room. How come you never brought it to show and tell?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-20-2009 07:39 PM

Great design Ed! A remarkable transformation of the space.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#8 posted 03-20-2009 07:40 PM

Great looking wall system!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 03-20-2009 10:00 PM

I had a few typing problems w/ my posting. All of the carcase, vertical, & horizontal work was 3/4” Birch plywood, w/ 1/2” Birch plwd on the walls. The face frame & trim was 3/4” Poplar. Doors & drawer fronts were Birch. I don’t make doors & drawer fronts. It’s more economical for me to order them, plus they don’t warp. I have used Northeastern White Pine, as in my post w/ the arches. They both machine well. WP gums up my saw blades, & I find Poplar is dusty, but doesn’t make me sneeze as WP does. Most of the time I don’t do any finishing on built-ins, I provide surfaces ready for finish. I only finish completed work done in my shop, i.e., tables, chairs, etc. I hope this clears up your ?.



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