Well, I'm back!
Here are the links for previous posts about this project - Built-ins in the dining room:
Part 1 : The Starting Point
Part 2: The Base Cabinets
Part 3: The Decorative Toekick
For these shelves I used a sheet of plywood for the sides and asked the guys there,at Home Depot to cut the four pieces- lengthwise.
At home I made sure they were all the same size. Their width's about 11½". Same thing for the shelves.
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Next, I marked all the boards: front-back-top-bottom, and drew the lines for the shelves on both sides of each plank.
Once again, the Right Angle Clamp (Aff.) was my right hand to keep those boards steady and at the right angle. The lines on the inside helped on keeping the shelf in place, while the ones on the outside were the guides to drive the screws.
This is my first time driving the screws from the outside of the shelf leaving the screws exposed. My previous shelves were done with pocket holes. Both ways are kind of fine. Maybe the pocket holes take a bit more time, but it all depends on what you want. Here, the screws show on the outside and I'm fine with it because the sides are going to be covered with ¼" beadboard panels.
After making sure it's square, it's time to attach the back.
Since, I was going to drive the screws from the back and into the shelves, I had to know the exact position of each shelf from the back.
So, I first placed the ½" plywood back right side up on the floor, and placed the carcass right on top of it (front side up), and using a pencil traced the lines all around the sides and shelves. The left picture above shows those lines.
After moving the carcass away, I use a small drill bit to drive pilot holes for the screws right in the middle of those lines ( middle picture above). Those little holes are the guides to ensure the screws are driven right into the shelves.
Before attaching the back, I brought both pieces inside the room, placed the carcass front side down. Then, the back was placed on top, right side down, aligning it to the outside. And finally driving the screws on the predrilled holes. --> Perfect!
Then, my trouble was to bring them a top the base cabinets... Too heavy!
The mister wasn't around, I had to wait 'til next day. :/
Woohoo - This is the point when you begin to see big change! :)
It motivated me to go make the face frames. I shared some tips on how I make them when I created the built-ins in my son's room HERE.
They were attached to the shelves with glue and brad nails.
The only thing different with the face frames this time was that they had to extend ¼" more for the beadboard to sit flush with them, as you see here in the bases.
I aligned the inside of the top shelf with the inside of the face frame. The extra lip here was grater than on the base: ¾". I added ½" scrap pieces to make them flush.
Every little piece is one step further.
I also gave the room a coat of white paint and built the bench, but I'm leaving all those details for next post. This past weekend I didn't do much...
Christmas crashed this project! :D
In keeping it real, and as a good procrastinator, this was the scene here in the dining room this past Saturday. It was the closest and emptiest room when coming up from the basement carrying the tree, and the chair, and all the Christmas goodies. I only had to move the dust to the other side and take the pics. ;)
I already moved it all to the other side of the living room, and I can't wait to finish this project to start decorating for Christmas... For real!
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