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...

Adjustable Shelves

Once the supports are done, work can begin on the adjustable shelves. One thing you'll notice about the shelves is that the ends split the difference on the thickness of the rungs. This way, you can add on another shelf section later by making only one more support. The ends of the second set of shelves simply share rung space with the first set. Solid wood is a good choice for the shelves because of the long span, but I didn't want to go to the trouble of gluing up narrow strips. So to keep...

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

3 Glue and clamp the handle rest together. There may be a small ridge where the pieces meet. Sanding or planing will remove the ridge. 2 Tilt the table saw VI blade to 20 , and H1I 11 H in two passes to make matching pieces then separate the pieces to rout the edges life into your kitchen Just compare the Before and After photos of this kitchen, and you'll see how we resuscitated it with a new coat of paint, a wood plate rail, and a tile backsplash. The combination plate rail back-splash can...

Building The Doors

The construction of the doors is identical to the side assemblies. Each door consists of a solid-wood panel surrounded by a hardwood frame (Door Assembly). Here again, stub tenon and groove joints are used to assemble the doors. Only this time, to add a decorative touch, I decided to install wood pegs made from cherry dowels in the corners of the frame. Like the drawers, the doors are also sized to fit the opening, with a narrow gap all around. The dimensions for the rails (Z) and stiles (AA),...

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 Divider

- PA ply. x 30 x 343 4) NOTE All dadoes, grooves, and rabbets are cut V4 deep to fit 3A plywood bit that's specially made to produce snug-fitting joints when working with plywood, which is slightly thinner than (see page 71). Now about the routing sequence Rout the dadoes and rabbets first.Then rout the groove for the divider, using the center dado as a stopping point. Assemble the Case Once the joinery is all complete, you're ready to assemble the case.These large plywood panels are a bit...

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...

Cleat

Cloth-panel doors offer the perfect hiding space for today's small but powerful speakers without sacrificing sound quality. There was a time when enormous stereo speakers were all the rage. The more they dominated a room, the more hi-fi the stereo system was judged to be.Thankfully, those days are behind us. Today it's fashionable to have speakers that are heard and not seen. Our home theater embraces that particular auditory sensibility and hides the speakers in plain sight (or sound, if you...

Cleat Detail

Ance that's needed to lift the shelves the weight of the shelf and whatever in and out. After beveling the corners, is stored on it. (I used 5 b x 4lag glue the cleats into the grooves in the screws.) And second, be sure that you bottom of each shelf. screw into the wall studs. INSTALLING THE SHELF UNIT that it's plumb. Next, with a shelf in Before mounting the unit, I applied place, position and attach the remaining three coats of a protective polyure- support. (Note If the wall has a bad...

Construction View

Are built with strong, lightweight torsion panels provide a framework for the torsion panel that forms the base shelf provide the framework for the torsion panels that form the sides of the tower can be left open or used to hold drawers assembled with rabbet joints and screws NOTE This closet organizer is designed to fit inside an 8 ft.-tall x 8 ft.-wide closet screwed to wall studs support the base shelf covers core pieces and exposed plies of skin

Crown Detail

Rabbet for the mirror and backer panel. The bit will leave rounded corners, which you can square up with a chisel. Next, use a V2 cove bit to rout a finger pull on the bottom rail of the frame. The length and placement of the finger pull isn't critical, so you can freehand rout this detail. the structural part of the door is built, it's time to add the decorative pieces the fluted rails (M), stiles (N), and the corner rosettes (O). Install the rosettes with glue and finish nails (Rosette...

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...

Display

Take a look at the shelves shown in the Photo above, and you'll immediately notice the clean lines that make them look great, without detracting from the items they display. Look closer, and you'll appreciate how the wood grain shows through the satin-black finish. This is a subtle detail that adds a lot of style. It's what you don't see, though, that makes these shelves truly unique. The shelves appear to just float on the wall with no brackets or other visible means of support. The Inside...

Divider Design

To get a feel for how this divider will cut in them at regular intervals, too. begin by making test pieces to set up work, take a look at the Photo on page 13 and the Construction View above. The divider has two side pieces (A) that are VV'-thick. There's a rabbet in These notches allow you to lock the for the side pieces. Work with wood partitions together into a grid. The that is a little longer than the drawer silverware partitions have an arc cut into (you'll custom-fit it later). Then,...

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 Side

1 8 hole, centered on drawer front to add the drawer stops (Y). These are wood blocks that stop the drawer flush with the front of the face frame when you close it. To determine the size of the stops, install the drawer, position it flush in front, and measure the distance between the drawer back and the end of the drawer guide.Then cut the stops to that size and glue them to the guides (see Illustration, page 27).

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

Edging Detail

NOTE Glue edging to bottom before assembly. All other edging is added afterward NOTE Screw through underside of base to attach it to tower (or to TV pedestal) rabbet the side panels to accept the three First, you'll need to apply edging (E) to back panels (O, P, Q), as shown in the the bottom of each tower before you Dealing with the Details Now Detail). The rest of the edging is added you're ready to tackle the finer points, after gluing and clamping the cabinet First, locate and drill the...

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...

False Front

NOTE Attach false fronts after trays are installed under cabinets 1 To install the trays, clip one wing off each shelf support (left). Install the supports, and slide the tray into the rails. Given the drop-down design of the trays, there are two things to keep in mind as you get ready to mount them underneath the cabinets. First, you need to clip a wing off each shelf support (Photo, right) to allow the trays to tilt all the way down. Second, the storage tray and rail assembly must be...

Figure

The Upper Stiles The upper stiles (M) are next. When the bed is complete, the support leg will pivot on steel pins that connect the leg assembly to the upper stiles. You'll install those pins later, but you need to make accommodations for them now. To do that, you'll need to drill a 14 hole through each upper stile for the pin (Upper Stile Detail). Carefully lay out the location of each hole, and then drill it at the drill press. V I Next, glue and clamp the stiles to the face panel. First,...

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,...

Guide System

The next step is to add a system of wood guides for the drawers (Illustra- Make the Guides To make the guides, size the pieces according to the dimensions shown below Pre-drill all tion, below). Nylon bumpers installed the mounting holes, as well as the holes in these guides, and also in the divider, will ensure that the drawers slide smoothly (see the Guide Details below). for the nylon bumpers. Then glue up the L-shaped drawer guides. Before attaching these On one side of the case, the...

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Are built extra-wide on visible side, so they can be scribed to fit tightly against the wall wraps bookcases and valance to hide gaps at ceiling and provide a finished look in top section of each bookcase provides added display area is built in two units to simplify construction and installation are low-voltage units for easy installation connects the tall cases to tie the book nook together and provides space for lighting and wiring made from 2x2s secure valance to wall and to bookcases start...

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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To finish up, sand a radius to soften the sharp corners. Tray Assembly The held together with glue and screws. As always, dry-assemble the pieces to Matching the Finish One final note You'll want to finish the false fronts and exposed tray sides to match tray is the existing cabinets. I took a cabinet door to a local paint store and had them mix a finish to match.

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NOTE Storage tray removed for clarity Add a few extra parts, and you can number of spice containers you want accept a pair of smaller dividers that convert the tray into a handy spice to store. But the first step is to work on rack. This keeps all your favorite the tray divider. spices close at hand and off the coun- Compartment Dividers These smaller dividers (K) are hardwood tertop. The separate dividers also give nent of the spice rack is a tray divider blocks that separate the tray into six...

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Money by installing products from the home center yourself. This ready-to-install kit makes it easy to add a glass block shower using simple tools and techniques youTl learn in Workbench. You'll get professional results - without the pro If you're looking for more storage in the kitchen, don't overlook the space underneath the cabinets. - page 4 Create much-needed storage in a cluttered kitchen by utilizing the space underneath your cabinets.

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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...

Mtv

Slat length the same as length of longest container Vertical support length equals the height of tallest container plus 3 Loft construction starts with the Dado Jig A shop-made jig ceiling-mounted frames. Each frame helped me make the straight cuts I is made up of two rails connected needed for square-shouldered dadoes by vertical supports. All of the frame (Jig Assembly, page 77). This simple jig has three parts a base that serves as a Rails The first step you need to platform for the saw, a...

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

Vie solved the problem by finding more space in Vie solved the problem by finding more space in unexpected places underneath (lie cabinets, the counter and inside already crowded drawers If you're looking for more storage space in your kitchen, then don't overlook the space underneath the cabinets. These unique trays pull out like drawers and then drop down at an angle to hold spices, knives, cookbooks, and other items. Your supplies are always close at hand, and your counters stay clear while...

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...

Ladderlike Supports

A utility shelf usually gets loaded down with a lot of items, some pretty heavy. So to support the weight, I designed sturdy supports that resemble a ladder. The solid-wood rungs are mortised into corner posts to provide support for the shelves. But even with all the mortises, you can save a lot of time building this shelf using a simple construction method. Each corner post is made of two long stiles (A). Rabbets and dadoes in the inside face of each stile form the mortises once the two pieces...

Latch Release Handle Assembly

Spring threads through holes drilled in the washers. Finally, a cord and cable tie connect the spring to the latch. Drill Latch Catches Assemble the handles as shown in the Illustration at right. The latches rest in holes in the cabinet sides that secure the bed. These catches are easy to locate and drill by following the sequence shown in Figures t-3 below. Final Details Finally, cut two H plywood support panels (X) for the mattress, and then set them in the bed frame. Then attach the mattress...

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...

Lowel Rack

If your bathroom is tight on space, why not use the space in the wall to add more storage This towel rack uses the area between two wall studs to do just that. As a complement to the privacy partition and medicine cabinet proj- of the cabinet and cut the shelves (I) to fit from 4M-thick stock. I routed a ects, you may want to consider this Vs roundover on the top and bottom built-in towel rack. It offers multiple storage shelves and two fold-out towel arms, all in the space between two wall...

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...

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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.

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To provide easy access, these versatile sturdy enough to support the weight, units are open on both sides. Smaller Also, since they're open on each side items are stored in the upper part of (there is no back), they presented an the case, which is divided into front interesting design challenge how to and back compartments, each with a keep the units from racking. set of narrow shelves (see the Construction View above). The lower section contains wide shelves to accommodate bulkier and larger...

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...

Nstruction View

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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....

Pedestal Skid

( MDFx163 8 X413 8) Edging The exposed edges of the case are covered with hardwood edging (E). Because of the extra-wide sides, the edging on these pieces overlaps the edging on the top and bottom. So you'll need to apply the edging as shown in the Edging Detail below. Cap After assembling the case, cut the large panel for the cap (F) to size, apply edging to the front edge, and glue it to the top of the pedestal. Base The last step is to build a base for the pedestal. It's a large version of...

Recessedbottom Cabinets

Our kitchen cabinets had a flat bottom for mounting the trays. A cabinet with a face frame, however, will have anywhere from a V2 to 1 recess underneath (Illustration, right). You'll need to fill this recess before mounting the tray. To do this, screw a plywood filler pad into the base of the cabinet. Note You may need to add spacers to make it fit flush with the bottom of the face frame. Once the filler and spacers are attached, mount the tray to the cabinet the same way as before by driving...

Shelf

Each blank is wide enough to produce one narrow side (L) and one wide side (M). The next step is to cut five dadoes and a rabbet across each blank (Case Parts View). These receive the shelves, and cutting them across a wide blank ensures that, when assembled, the shelves in each case will align exactly. To cut the dadoes and rabbet, you can either use a table saw equipped with a dado blade, or a router and straight bit guided by a straightedge. That done, rip each blank to...

Shelfhole Template

To keep the shelves from rocking, of -diameter iron pipe that's threaded it's important to make sure that these on both ends. (This sort of pipe is generally available already cut and threaded to these specifications. Or your hardware store or home center can do it on-site for a small cost.) The pipe is held in holes line up precisely. In order to ensure proper alignment, I used a hardboard template that made this task quick and accurate. As you can see in the Illustration at place by...

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...

Side Rail Assembly

As I mentioned before, the face panel of the bed frame is the show side A leg assembly pivots down from the frame to support the bed during use. As I mentioned before, the face panel of the bed frame is the show side of this Murphy bed. So to make it as overhang the bed frame by 14 on attractive as possible, I applied decora- each side (Face Frame Detail). With that tive trim pieces to the face panel. One in mind, start by cutting the top and of these trim pieces is also functional, bottom...

Skid

(3 4 MDFx163 8x183 8) Connect the towers with the bridge. A cleat on each tower supports the bridge The wide trim board on the bottom of the bridge hides the cleat from view. Connect the towers with the bridge. A cleat on each tower supports the bridge The wide trim board on the bottom of the bridge hides the cleat from view. The final cabinet piece, and the most simple of the four to build, is the bridge. This piece sits in the opening between the two towers. As with the the pedestal, this...

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...

Ssi

Get the most out of a spare bedroom by adding this space-saving fold-down bed. When your guests arrive, it pivots down from the wall and then folds up to give you plenty of extra space. A spare room works best when it pulls double-duty, often as a bedroom and a home office. But this arrangement has an inherent problem the bed takes can be ready for overnight guests at a moment's notice. And when the guests are gone, the bed folds back into the cabinet just as fast, letting you reclaim that...

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...

Stile

Is attached to each side of the case.These frame consists of two vertical stiles (E) frames cover the exposed plywood edges, and three horizontal rails (F) that are but they're more than just a pretty facade, assembled using butt joints and pocket The face frame is sized to fit flush with the sides and top of the cabinet. Another important element to note is the position of the lower and middle rails. The goal is to make the top edge of these rails flush with the surface of the bottom and fixed...

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...

Towel Rack Construction View

Rosettes are set in from the edges of the frame with a sM reveal (Rosette Detail, below). Next, cut the fluted stiles (G) and rails (H) so that they fit snugly between the corner rosettes. Center these fluted pieces on the width of the face frame. Fill, Prime, & Paint Once all the decorative molding is applied, fill the nail holes with wood filler. Then prime and paint the case. Install the Towel Rack With the opening already cut in the wall, installing the cabinet is simple. Start by...

Tower Assembly

Cauls distribute the clamping pressure evenly. Shop-made corner blocks align the cabinet pieces square to each other. The two towers of this entertainment provide access to run wiring into the cab- center (like the pedestal) are simple ply- inet, and they allow ventilation to keep wood boxes. Like before, the top and the electronic components cool, bottom are joined to the sides with rab- The final detail is the lighting. Low- bets. In addition, two fixed shelves fit voltage puck lights are...

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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Narrow Plate Rail

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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