Home Office Buildout

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Blog series by scarpenter002 updated 12-31-2018 03:32 AM 8 parts 6106 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Upper Cabinets

12-29-2017 06:13 PM by scarpenter002 | 0 comments »

Well, after being in the house for 15 years, I have finally STARTED to make good on a promise made to my wife to build out my study. I spent a number of years designing and redesigning the layout of the cabinets, and finally decide upon the approach. Originally I was going to stain the cabinets, but decided to go with a gloss black finish. Since heading down that path, I switched from Red Oak to Popular with Birch ply. I actually started the process just over a year ago, purchasing about ...

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Part 2: Raised Panel Doors

12-29-2017 06:32 PM by scarpenter002 | 2 comments »

Well, it may seem like I am making progress quickly on this build, but actually this is just a delay in blogging. With my uppers installed, I have now proceeded to the Raised Panel Door phase. This was only my second time making raised panel doors, but the first time with my Freud Raised Panel bit set. These did not come out perfect, but they are much nicer than the first set I made 20 years ago with a cheap set of Craftsman bits. So let’s get started: First I milled all the wood...

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Part 3: Lower Cabinets

12-29-2017 06:48 PM by scarpenter002 | 0 comments »

Rather than finishing out the uppers, I got started on my lowers next. The lowers will be more varied and complex, providing for the following features: Letter sized files, Legal files, Computer/printer storage, Closed cabinet storage, and Work desk Here are the four base cabinets assembled: And here are the cabinets finished and set in place, after ripping up the carpet in my home office: Thanks for reading and looking.

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Part 4: French Doors Refinish

12-29-2017 06:57 PM by scarpenter002 | 0 comments »

To go with the black trim theme, I took a break from cabinets and repainted my white doors to my home office gloss black. As part of the process, I removed the old brass hardware, replacing the knobs with satin nickel and the previously painted hinges with dark oiled bronze. I also decided to go with some more traditional trim around the doors. Since the above pictures were taken, I have since done some touchup around the edges where some white paint was showing. Also the nail holes a...

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Part 5: Mission Style Doors

02-16-2018 06:49 PM by scarpenter002 | 3 comments »

Finally finished out my Mission style doors for the upper cabinets. I had milled the rails and styles about nine months ago when milling all the other components for my upper cabinets raised panel doors. Unfortunately life interfered, and they sat around the shop waiting for me to create the mullions. My first order of business was to remove the unneeded wood off the back of all rails, and the stiles, up to the width of the rails. I made the mullions using the same set of Freud router...

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Part 6: Drawers

12-31-2018 02:52 AM by scarpenter002 | 0 comments »

Well LJs, it has been some time since I have provided an update on my home office build, so I will try to provide several over the holidays. Next up are my drawers for my lower cabinets. The drawer cases are made up of 1/2” Baltic birch ply, with 1/4” birch ply bottoms. Below are all the sides & backs/fronts cut to size and dados and rabbits: And here they are assembled: For the smaller drawer fronts I used just panels, but for the larger drawers I used rail...

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Part 7: Computer Cabinet & Countertop

12-31-2018 03:04 AM by scarpenter002 | 0 comments »

Lots of great progress on my home office. I decided to have a quartz solid surface countertop installed from the local orange big box store. This counter and specific coloring was wife approved. These man-made surfaces have certainly come along way. Additionally I built out a cabinet to specifically house my desktop and printer. The shelf will slide out for easy access and the cables will be hung from a rail: Thanks for reading.

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Part 8: Wainscoting, Flooring & Lights

12-31-2018 03:32 AM by scarpenter002 | 1 comment »

Now that my cabinets have been completed, I moved on to wainscoting on the walls. My wainscoting is made of 4/4 popular milled down to 3/4” thickness. The panels are made of 1/4 birch ply. The rails and stiles were joined with glue and pocket holes then a 1/4” rabbit routed around each opening to recess each panel: I also milled the cap rail and base moldings from 4/4 popular, but bought stock chair rail from the big box store. I also installed a floating engineered f...

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