Built-In Lockers

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Project by Thepps posted 08-01-2011 05:02 AM 4810 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these lockers to replace the shelves that the previous homeowner built. They were quite ‘contractor grade’ even though may not look like it from the picture. Screws and nails were visible. Everything was quite rough. But, probably would have been perfectly fine for anybody other than a woodworker. :)



These lockers stand at the entrance to the garage to hold coats and other miscellaneous items. The garage entrance is very close to our front door, so, my wife and I wanted something ‘nicer’ since it is easily seen from the foyer and kitchen.

Built out of Birch with a gel stain, toner, and glaze applied for color and three coats of lacquer. Stands about 8’ tall and 5’ wide. Beaded face frames milled on the face frame, not nailed to it. Applied ogee moulding added to the doors. The doors are very nice since they conceal all of the mess.

Beaded Face Frame:

Applied ogee moulding with glaze left in crevices and corners:

It is built in two sections. The base unit and the upper cabinet (lockers). The base unit holds shoes and serves as a small bench to sit and put your shoes on. It fit in the space quite easily. The upper cabinet was not so easy. First of all, it’s very heavy. It is one unit, too. I could have built it in two sections, but then I would have a butt joint or seam on the face frame. I feel like that takes away from the ‘furniture’ look. I scribed both sides to the wall and ‘slid’ it in place. (I found out I had to remove the garage door molding and the light switches on the wall to get it to slide in place.

Coat Rack:
Also built a coat rack for the opposite side of the entrance. Same finishing technique as the lockers. Made the cove moulding on the table saw with an infeed angle of 30 degrees and the blade tilted at 35 degrees.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 08-01-2011 05:14 AM

Nice setup and organized. What a difference in the before to the after look. Well done.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 12:47 PM

I really like what you did here Thepps. I would be proud to have that in my home. Very well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 08-01-2011 02:53 PM

Very well executed! crisp miters and joinery. Very nice stain, i would love to be able to master that kind of staining. The surface looks very smooth, did you sand it to 320?

-- Lars Öhlin [Sweden - Helsingborg - Domsten]

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#4 posted 08-01-2011 03:49 PM

You have taken typical suburban and turned it into English mansion. What is particularly impressive to me is the base. Most people (including me) would have simply run the cabinets to the floor with the baseboard running across. The shoe recesses in between plinths are superb. The quality of your construction is first rate and I hope you’re not forced to move anytime soon as I don’t think you could take it with you. One other thing, my preference is strictly for modern furniture but I would have that coat rack in my house any day.

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#5 posted 08-01-2011 04:10 PM

Thanks. Lightly sanded with 220 after the first coat. Lacquer always seems to work pretty well for me. Much easier than poly.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#6 posted 06-14-2012 11:22 AM

Excellent work, great detail and finish. Did you have an example of a similar unit when you designed this? The antiqued finish, did you use a glaze? Looks like cherry, is it?
This is what I strive to achieve in my woodworking. GREAT WORK! Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 06-15-2012 09:13 PM

Thanks Oldtool. I pulled several different examples off the internet and incorporated many ideas into this one. So, no, this is a one of a kind. The wood is Birch and Birch plywood. First applied a Minwax gel stain – Aged Oak. Then, sealed with a thinned down finish. Sprayed a toner. I used Transtint wood dyes. Medium brown. Sealed it again. Applied the aged oak gel stain as a glaze. Topped it off with three coats of lacquer.
This is one of my favorite finishes. It really does look pretty good. Keeping the toner even and consistent is the most difficult part.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#8 posted 03-23-2013 07:45 PM

You do really nice work. How exactly did you mill the bead on the face frames and miter it all together? It doesn’t look like you used a beaded face frame jig.

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#9 posted 03-23-2013 08:15 PM

Thanks Myjohng. I did use a jig for the beaded face frame. I followed the instructions provided by this link:

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#10 posted 12-04-2017 07:46 PM

Very nice! If you could update the build photos that got eaten by internet rot, it would be nice to see them.

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#11 posted 12-04-2017 10:18 PM

gorgeous work.
well thought out storage, I’m sure it’ll be filled up in no time, lol

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