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I needed to run a new wire from the basement to the attic, so I made a hole in the wall on the main floor to help (picture 2). I made the whole kind of big so I could step through into the area reserved for pipes and stuff.

So what do you do with a big hole in the wall? Fill it with a built-in shelf! One sheet of 3/4" oak ply, one eight foot 1×6 split for the face frame and shelf edges, and away I went.

I gave it three coats of water-based poly before putting the shelves or face frame onto the main box, then put it together and took it inside to install. Then I discovered that the studs in the wall were a little closer than I anticipated. I had to pound it in with a sledge and a sacrificial board. Picture 4 shows it part way in.

Due to a little twist in the studs, it didn't sit flat. I screwed in the flush left hand side, then used a baby gate for leverage to force the other side flush while I put the right side screws in.

The face frame was assembled and attached with pocket screws that you can see in picture 4, and the main carcass with glue and brads. Shelves have two screws and three brads each, but (horrors!) no dados. I'll remember what order to do cuts and assembly next time.

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Great idea and nice set of shelved to fill the hole!!Thanks for sharing!!
 

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I like the story of twisted studs and it not fitting without persuasion and a baby gate. Seems like every remodel job I do encounters something like that. Glad I am not alone in this mean world of warped wood and out of level walls and floors.
Well done
 
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