Adjustable Shelf Detail

NOTE To determine the length of the base shelf, measure inside dimension of closet between the end walls, then subtract M to allow for clearance At the heart of this closet organizer is a wide base shelf and a narrow, tall storage tower (Assembly View). The base shelf and tower are both built with torsion panels. Base Shelf Comes First The base shelf is the first of the torsion panels that make up this project. It spans the length of the closet. To make it easier to fit the shelf into the...

Apron Patterns

Also, if the vanity gets bumped, it could cause a pipe to get knocked loose from the sink. So you'll want to secure it to the wall to prevent that from happening. Wall Cleat An easy way to do this is with a wall cleat (see Illustration at left). The wall cleat is a piece of wood that's thicknessed to fill the void between the back panel and the wall. Screw this cleat to the wall studs, set the vanity in place, and fasten it to the cleat with screws from inside the cabinet. Just a note here The...

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Bevel Detail

Bevel on the top edge of the board creates clearance for the bed frame to swing in and out. Rip this bevel on the table saw. Then drill pocket holes in the back face that will be used to secure the trim board to the cabinet. Prepare for Installation Once the finish is dry, move the bed pieces into the room. An extra set of hands will be useful here, so round up a helper, too. Now position the bed frame with the face panel down and Apply the Finish Before the foot rail facing the wall that the...

Bin Side

PA ply. x 9 x 191 2) 1229 32 Stainless Steel Bar Handle PA ply. x 97 8 x 29 ) With all the parts of the closet orga- washer-head screws, as shown in the nizer assembled, you're much closer to experiencing less mess and more closet space. But first, there are just a few more steps you have to take care of before installing the organizer. The first step is to give all the parts a light sanding. After wiping away the sanding dust, you'll want to finish the components before they go in place. (I...

Bottom

X 22V2 x30) 1 16 pilot hole, 11 4deep 1 16 pilot hole, 11 4deep When working with plywood, there's more to getting accurate cuts and routing perfect-fitting joints than meets the eye. These tips will help. Cutting Guides One of the simplest and most effective things you can do is make a pair of cutting guides one for your router and another for your circular saw (Photos, right and below). Like their names imply, these cutting guides direct the base of the tool, producing a straight,...

Slat

(3 4 x 51 2 x 233 4) CIRCULAR SAW TECHNIQUE GANG-CUTTING DADOES Vertical Supports When you have finished with the rails, you're ready for the vertical supports (B) that join them (I used six vertical supports in each frame). The supports are cut to length from 2x4 stock. After that, you can glue and screw the supports in place between the rails to complete the frame construction. Installation It's best to install the frames now, before you have the weight of the slats to contend with.Though the...

Case Parts View

Run the Rabbets Next, you need to lay out a rabbet along the back edge of each of the wide case sides. This rabbet serves two purposes First, it decreases the amount of material you'll need to trim when scribing. Second, it provides a notch for the back panel to rest in (see the Wide Side Rabbet Detail, below). As you lay out the rabbets, keep in mind that on the left-hand bookcase, the wide side will go on the right. On the right-hand bookcase, the wide side goes on the left. Mark each side so...

Case Stile

(3 4 x IV4 x 63 4) The base cabinet is topped off by this open display case (Photo, right).The case adds height to the finished partition, but what's more, it has three nooks that you can personalize with whatever items you like. Adding decorative touches to the top case helps make the partition seem less like a wall and more like a piece of furniture. The display case is a divided plywood box that's wrapped with hardwood frames on three sides. But notice here that the frame corners are...

Center Stile Detail

Before you get started, though, label each piece. It's also a good idea to mark the outside face of each piece and then use it as a reference when machining the joints. Cut Tapers After cutting the joints, the next step is to trim the bottom of each side stile at an angle, once again forming a tapered foot. Solid-Wood Side Panels Now it's time to start your work on the solid-wood side panels (J).These panels are each made from -thick hardwood. To determine the width of...

Detail

3 The arc's radius doesn't have to be exact on the silverware partitions. Anything with about a 6-radius will work as a template. Interlocking notches allow you to cut saw up to make the first dado, and After that, you can cut it out and trace and fit the partitions in any configuration use a stop block to establish that posi- it onto the partition blank. tion.That way, you can simply put the To cut the arc out of the partition, second side piece in place and make an use a jig saw or a band saw...

Door Panel

(3 4 x 2V2 x 213 8) To prevent water and humidity from ruining the vanity's solid-wood top, you'll want to finish it with at least three coats of spar varnish. This bathroom vanity is just about complete. To finish it, I added a thick solid-wood top and a three-part apron assembly (Illustrations, below). Edge-Glued Panel The top panel (DD) consists of 1 -thick boards that are edge-glued together. Because of the moist environment of the bathroom, I'd recommend a waterproof glue. First apply the...

Door Stiles

After gluing and clamping the frames together, rout a rabbet around the back inside edge to hold the panels. A hand- easiest. Then to finish, simply square up the corners with a chisel. there, it conies down to selecting a lower doors and glass panels in the taller tower doors. You could also install cloth-covered panels by cut-

Drawer Stop

Then press the nylon bumpers into place. Finally, to prevent the top drawer from tipping, add a hardwood kicker (S) on one side. Position it flush with the bottom edge of the face frame rail, and glue it in place. NOTE Drill 3 ie holes, deep for nylon bumpers NOTE Drill 3 ie holes, deep for nylon bumpers

End Molding

NOTE Molding is glued up from 2 pieces of 3A-thick stock Molding Made Easy The I didn't want that much hassle. So molding that wraps around the shelves I made finishing these shelves the is simple to make, too. In fact, the only easiest part of the project by using thick stock, you can create all the shelves 6 wide. This narrow, wall- profiles with a handful of table saw hugging design means that the shelves cuts. After that, you simply miter the don't protrude too far into the room, molding...

Face Frame Stile

(3 4 x 2V2 x 257 s) NOTE Drawer front has dadoes that match those in back With the carcase complete, you can Notice that the bottoms of the fixed easy to open without advertising now build the drawer that fits inside, trays are l 2 longer than the sides to fit the fact that it's a drawer the way a As you can see in the Illustration below, in the dadoes, while the bottoms and face-mounted pull would, we added the drawer is a tall, open-sided unit with three storage trays. The top and bottom...

Frame Top Rail

For example, I removed the baseboard behind and book nook truly look built-in rather than tacked-on. This, of course, led to a bit of plaster repair. Install the Bench Seat & Bookcases Before you begin installing the book below). They should align without nook, you may need to do a little problem, but be sure to double-check prep work in the room. For example, I removed the baseboard behind and that the tops are flush and that the front edge of the assembly is straight...

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Front Trim

Spacer is flush with edge of face frame Spacer is flush with edge of face frame pair of simple cleats (EE) secure the valance. After cutting them to length from 2x2s, screw one to the wall and the other to the bookcases (Valance Mounting Detail). Next, check the fit of the valance bottom and face (Photo, above right).Scribe them if needed, nail them together, and then slip the assembly into place after routing all the wires into the case. The Crowning Touch To hide any gaps around the ceiling,...

Headboard Detail

Assembled Bed Frame (face panel down) FIRST Fit pivot plates together as side goes on and secure with E-clip (Side Mount Detail) THIRD Attach headboard with pocket screws (Headboard Detail) -FOURTH Secure bottom trim board with pocket screws For the installation of the Murphy bed, you'll need to get a helper to assist you in raising the assembly to an upright position. Do this just a few feet away from the wall the bed will occupy. Install the Pistons To help control the bed's descent, install...

How It Works

When building a Murphy bed, keep in mind that the details of the design shown in this article are specific to the Create-A-Bed hardware kit we purchased from Rockier (vertical installation for a full-sized mattress). The main hardware pieces in the kit are the pivot plates, pistons, and ball stud plates (see Illustration). There are two pairs of pivot plates in the Murphy bed kit Each pair includes a male and female pivot plate that connect the bed frame to the cabinet and allow the bed to fold...

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Ifl

The end of the wide plate rail will have to be notched, so it will clear the adjoining backsplash. Rather, you'll have to cut a partial miter on the wide plate rail (Photo, above). The dimensions shown in the Illustration at right should get you close. After you've finished, cut a notch in the underside of the wide plate rail with a hand saw, so One important detail to consider is way out. Begin by measuring between the end of this rail fits over the adjoining to look...

X

Slides out, then drops down at an angle enclose sides of tray and let it slide in and out are used to customize trays for spices or knives (see page 10) are used to customize trays for spices or knives (see page 10) slides out, then drops down at an angle forms a track for shelf supports in tray sides, enabling the tray to slide and tilt down enclose sides of tray and let it slide in and out

Info

To complete the panel, glue 4 cherry plywood skins (B) to the faces. To cover the exposed edges of the core pieces, the next step is to apply hardwood edging (C) to the front of the shelf. After gluing this edging in place, ease the edges by routing a slight chamfer along the top and bottom of them. Build a Storage Tower The storage tower is made up of three torsion panels.These panels are thinner than the base shelf, which gives the tower a lighter look. To create this slim profile, I used Ix...

Jig Assembly

Fence ( x 1 x 24) NOTE Use your circular saw to trim the base (and cleat) to final width and create a reference edge Base 0 4 hardboard x 12 x 24) Cleat ( x 1 x 12) These inexpensive pine shelves are constructed to handle heavy-duty loads, and their modular design makes it easy to add shelves as your storage needs grow. The shelves are notched on the ends to fit in place between the rungs of the ladder-like supports. his utility shelf has a lot of good things going for it it's made of...

Latch Shim Detail

SECOND Locate centerline of ball stud plate 6V2 from pivot hole, then attach as shown (Ball Stud Detail) FIRST Lay out and drill hole, then install female pivot plate FOURTH Attach all bed rails, then extend latch hole through inner frame (Latch Hole Detail) 1 4 x5 8 Flathead Machine Screws THIRD Glue on latch shim, then extend hole through side rail the edges of the slots to keep the strap from fraying. Now you're ready to glue the panels together. Once you've rounded up the long clamps you'll...

Lower Guide

NOTE Drill 3 i6 holes, Wdeep for nylon bumpers NOTE Drill 3 i6 holes, Wdeep for nylon bumpers Once the guide system is completed, the three drawers can now be built The drawer fronts and backs (T, U) are each made of thick hardwood, the process of using a table saw to cut the joint. to fit the openings in the face frame, while the sides (V,W) are made of V2-Actually, the drawers are sized slightly thick stock (see the Drawer Assembly parts, it's a good idea to label the inside face of each...

Lower Side Rail

NOTE Cut 1A grooves, 1 2deep in both edges NOTE Cut 1A grooves, 1 2deep in both edges At this point, the two side assemblies and the face frame are complete. Connecting these three assemblies and adding a plywood back panel, bottom, and divider creates the case for this vanity. Case Joinery To see how all these parts go together, take a look at the Case Assembly below. Notice that the side assemblies fit into rabbets cut in the end stiles of the face frame. The back panel (L) fits into a rabbet...

Lt I

1 After cutting a rabbet on one end, use a stop block to po- 2 To cut the notches, set the blade to half the height of the sition the board to cut the dadoes. For consistent spacing you partition. Again, you can use each stop-block position for two notches by flipping the workpiece end for end after each cut.

Mitering The Plate Rails

FIFTH Cut both rails to final length FIRST Cut 45 miter on end of narrow plate rail THIRD Miter wide rail at mark, and then test the fit SECOND Mark location of miter on wide rail FOURTH Notch wide rail to fit over countertop the adhesive, giving it a slight twist to ensure complete coverage on the back of the tile. Then, go ahead and follow the same press-and-twist procedure to add the top course. Cap Piece After allowing the adhesive to dry, you can attach the cap piece. This process is just...

Molding Made Easy

Holes for the screws that will hold each base together. Next, you can assemble the bases. As you do this, be sure to orient the pieces Set the seat panel edging aside for now, too. It doesn't get applied until the book nook is installed. correctly with the wider compart- element of the bench seat is a face ments at the outer ends, and the notches frame that covers the front of both in the dividers facing toward the back. At this point, turn your attention to the backs of the base units. Add...

Mounting Detail

Scribe ends of face frame, and then slide it into position SECOND Position base units, and screw them together FIRST Cut away baseboard W in front of base units THIRD Shim base assembly level, and screw through cleats into wall studs Frame Bottom Rail is flush with Base Bottom Scribe and fit second seat panel, then nail both to base units FIRST Scribe back edge and outside end of first seat panel to fit, then clamp in place edging and cove molding to length and nail them in place Scribe and fit...

Panel Support

Wherever you have cluttered drawers, in the kitchen or in the shop, this divider can keep those hard-to-tame items under control. And best of all, the divider parts are inexpensive and easy to put together in a matter of hours. plastic trays to organize the utensil drawer in my kitchen. now, I've been can be built almost entirely using thin plastic trays to organize the utensil drawer in my kitchen. hobby wood that's readily available. You can pick up this pre-sanded wood at most home centers....

Side Rabbet Detail

NOTE Top view of left bookcase shown Now the bookcases can be assembled. I attached the shelves using glue and 6d finish nails instead of screws, so that I didn't have large holes to fill in the visible sides before painting. Next, you can cut two case cleats (O) for each case, and then nail them to the case sides. You'll drive screws through these cleats to secure the bookcases to the wall. The case backs (P) are the next parts that get installed.To echo the look of the beadboard paneling in...

Slat Detail

Otherwise, the bays won't be sized consistently. gang-cut the dadoes as shown at right. With the dadoes cut, the next step is to cut a chamfer on the ends of each rail. long to wrestle onto the table saw. So You can leave the rails clamped together I ganged the rails together and used a for this operation (you won't need the circular saw to cut the dadoes (Sidebar, jig, though).Then, be sure to tilt the base right). Cutting the dadoes in all four of the saw to 45 , and cut...

Step Mitered Corners

The shelves with a few light coats of flat black spray paint. Then you can rub head or drywall screws (Shelf Mounting Detail, page 55). T FIRST Rough cut first piece of molding extra-long, then miter end to fit corner FIRST Rough cut first piece of molding extra-long, then miter end to fit corner NOTE Use masking tape to temporarily hold 45 moldings in place miter 1 Cut the first molding piece a few inches longer than the side. Then, go ahead and miter one end. THIRD Trim molding on end to...

Top Rail

NOTE Attach shelf to wall studs with 5 i6Mx 3V2 lag screws and5 i6 flat washers post. This is accomplished by using an auxiliary rip fence to position the 1x6s for each pair of cuts. How It Works Making the corner posts is actually a lot easier than it sounds. It does involve quite a bit of flipping boards end-for-end, and adjusting the fence. But the results are worth the effort. Start by laying out all of the rabbets and dadoes on an extra-wide blank. (I used a 1x6.) Now take a look at Fig. i...

Top View

To end up with identical pieces, it's best to cut two blanks to (Towel Arm & Bracket Assembly above), this longer workpiece. These holes size for the arms, and then secure The swing-out arms are one of the handiest features of this towel rack Now head over to the drill press, and drill two holes near both ends of Each arm (J) fits between two brackets (K), which screw into shelf pin holes in the towel rack. These arms swing in and out on wood dowels that serve as by making the...

Tray Divider

Another option is to convert a tray into a knife rack. This rack has two compartments One for smaller steak knives and a second compartment for to the two small knife holders, a small larger kitchen knives. knife block (P) nestled between them Tray Divider The construc- lends extra support to steak knives, tion of this knife rack is similar to that depending on the knives they will hold (Knife Rack Parts). Small Knife Block- of the spice rack. A tray divider (M) separates the tray into two...

Tray Support

NOTE Round front end of tray support The rail assembly is what makes the this, I glued in a hardwood filler strip (B) unique pull out, drop down feature to create a stopped groove. of these storage trays possible. It's time to put the rail assembly together. The next step is to cut a rabbet in First, clamp the mounting plate between made of five parts two hardwood rails the top and bottom edge of each rail, the rails. Using the countersunk holes as that enclose the sides of the unit, two The...

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This kitchen counter update uses a cut the pieces at least a foot longer than the back edge. This rabbet will allow few basic ingredients a plate rail made of -thick oak, two rows of tile to make the backsplash, and finally a to fit the tricky miter joints together. you will really need. This extra length the rails to hide the curved edge of will be handy later when you're trying the post-formed backsplash. It's a wide rabbet, so you'll want to cut it on the single piece of -thick oak for the...

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