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#1 johndeereelfman OFFLINE  

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Posted December 17, 2011 - 02:59 PM

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I have a lady customer that want's recessed book shelf/cabinets on each side of her fire place, for added storage of books, and to display nick-nacks. These are some of the cabinets that I'm in the process of completing. Since these pictures were taken, I have them painted and the shelving completed, so now it's just a matter of getting them installed. I also have to build another shelf system that she wants to use for storing all of her DVD's and CD's, that I'll hopefully get at least assembled before the weather gets too cold. When the cabinets are completed and all installed, I'm going to make her a mantle piece, for above the fire place, and then wrap the whole room with crown moulding. So far, everything is turning out pretty good, but I don't think I would do this again. With not having a shop to work in, it takes the ambition of working on it, out of you. Each time I go to work on something, I have to drag everything out of the shed, get it all set up, cut, assemble or paint, and then put everything back in the shed. I'll really be glad when this project is complete!

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Posted December 17, 2011 - 03:27 PM

That looks very nice Troy. Are the face frames made of pine? That would be a challenge getting those built and finished without a dedicated shop. I just have my basement shop to work in and that works fine but if I am finishing with anything other than latex paint the fumes can be a serious issue. The dust is also a problem. The last cabinet work I did was for a set of speaker cabinets. I'm listening to them right now. It was a very complex build with a lot of bracing inside a MDF box with a veneered baffle. My next job will be to build a bathroom vanity for the basement bath that I am finally finishing after 15 years. I like wood working but I keep getting distracted by tractors and DIY audio equipment. I find having a couple of different hobbies is a good thing. I somehow seem to fit them all in and enjoy each one when I'm immersed in them.

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Posted December 17, 2011 - 04:12 PM

Nice work Troy :thumbs: Always enjoying seeing hobbies & projects people build , Al
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Posted December 17, 2011 - 04:26 PM

Pretty good looking work there. I agree with Al, I like to see other people's projects and work.
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Posted December 17, 2011 - 04:33 PM

Nice to see your projects, you do nice work.
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Posted December 17, 2011 - 05:45 PM

Nice work Troy. I'm sure they will be very useful for her.
Is the Crown molding 45* or is it that oddball 39* x 51* stuff?
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Posted December 17, 2011 - 07:03 PM

Thanks for all of the compliments guys! I enjoy working with wood as much as I do tractors. (Well, almost) My wife would fall over if she heard me say that! LOL

Brain,
Yes, the face frames are pine. The cabinets are made of birch plywood. The grooves you see in the side panels, are for the shelf standards. I recessed them using the table saw. All of the panel joints are dado'd, glued, and screwed together, giving them a good sturdy construction. As for the painting, this lady wants everything painted white, and personally, I think all of this white, will make her living room look drab. But, the customer is always right, so I'll give her what she wants. I'm using Spray Paint (rattlecans), so that there are no brush marks, and also due to, it's the only way I know how to paint! LOL

Al,
The crown moulding I'll be installing will be the 3-1/2" pine, set at 45 degree's. I'm installing 4" baseboard first, installed upside down, and then nailing the crown to it. This gives a final appearance of the moulding looking like it's 8" high overall. I'm trying to talk her into painting the crown with baseboard a gloss white, while keeping the walls a flat eggshell, so that the mouldings will really pop, but she is hard set in her ways, and believes in old school techniques. She is a firm believer that everything needs to be white, and be from the same can of paint!
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Posted December 17, 2011 - 07:12 PM

I am greatly impressed with your skill Troy! Me and wood do not get along. I can work metal and make it do what I want, but wood-working seems a lot like Voo-Doo to me LOL. I admire folks who do this kind of work, It's just not my forte'.
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Posted December 17, 2011 - 07:21 PM

Looks good Troy. Hoping that after the first of the year to start building something similar.

Mark
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Posted December 17, 2011 - 07:36 PM

Very good dad even thow we live under the same roof. lol.
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Posted December 17, 2011 - 11:04 PM

Nice job troy.You do nice work on the stuff you do.
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Posted December 18, 2011 - 04:47 AM

Nice cabinets. I would be very happy to have some like that if I had a fireplace. LOL Good luck with the crown, that's always fun to put up.
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Posted December 18, 2011 - 05:26 AM

That's some nice work there,Troy.
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Posted December 18, 2011 - 07:44 AM

Nice work there.:thumbs::thumbs:
Considering you've been going through that setup/packup routine, it's understandable, that you're
looking forward to the end of the project. You need a workshop.
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Posted December 18, 2011 - 12:32 PM

Looks great Troy. I don't understand painting furniture, but that's just me. I like the look of the wood grain, but it is easier when someone wants it painted, you don't have to be as fussy when building it.
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