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I didn't want you all to think I had given up wood working so I thought I'd post what I have been up to. The latest project is a bedroom and closet make over. We are far from done yet but I got the spouse on board helping me this time so it's sort of fun having an "apprentice".

The pictures show the room and closet before we started and after we painted. I bought some 3/4" Oak Veneer particle core plywood to make the closet organizer. I got the idea from an issue of The Family Handyman. My plans are a little different from theirs but same idea.

Harry I'll apologize right now, I haven't done a full photo shoot because I really had no idea how this was going to turn out and I feared the worst. This is my first BIG project. But things have gone better then expected in all aspects of the project so far so I'll give you what I have.

Cutting the plywood in my little shop was a challenge. That particle core wood is HEAVY and awkward. Next time I will buy veneer core. Did all the rough cuts with the circular saw and the finish cuts on the table saw, miter saw and even the router. We did the necessary veneer edge banding and sanding and we are now at the staining stage. The darker pieces have 2 coats of stain. It will be two coats of Minwax Golden Oak wood stain and one coat of Minwax Poly Satin Finish. The drawers will be made from white melamine MDF with wood fronts.

I don't expect to be finished for a couple of more weeks yet. The staining and poly are slow processes. Then there will be the drilling for the dowels to hold it all together and the drilling for the shelf pins. I haven't even started on the drawers yet.

There is satisfaction to doing it yourself, and having the spouse help makes it fun but I don't know if I am saving any money this way as opposed to buying a commercially built one or a pre fab one. The cost keeps escalating, even without including labour. You wouldn't want to do this out of solid wood.
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Looking good Deb. I like the new track lighting you installed. Kool.




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Looks nice and am jealous.

My Wife installed one of the store bought wire shelf and basket kits over the last year and I really wish it was made of wood when I see a project like yours. It might end up costing as much as one of the store bought ones but you will have the Pride of doing it and end up with a custom, non all particle board one like all the so called wood ones I saw at Lowes and Home Depot were. Melamine with fake wood grain for the most part I seem to remember. I think it will still end up costing a lot less than a custom or semi-custom built one.

Glad you can call it fun working with your spouse. The air can turn pretty blue when the two of us work together as both are stubborn and expect the other to know what we are thinking. But we still do lots of projects together and She is constantly helping me either do things or figuring it out when I am stuck now. Circular saw cuts are Her job (I am afraid I am going to trip while using it) while routing and table saw stuff is my job. Both grab the nailer or the drills (at Christmas the new 19.2 drill came with both of our names on it from Her parent's and She calls it HER drill).

One thing we have been doing is having Home Depot cut the plywood down to manageable sizes that are close to the final dimensions we want. Our HD seems to have a decent saw and does nice straight cuts and as many as we want without charging us the extra amount after so many cuts like they are supposed to. But I have heard of others complaining about HD's saws being out of alignment as much as 1" over the length of a cut.

What She does is normally have them cut a 4x8 sheet into 4 sections of 2x4, with the grain running the long way. A few times She has just had them cut it in half the long way. The one time she need 1/4" She went to Lowes (closer) and their saw was down so they sold her two 4x4 sheets for the price of a 4x8. This was only for covering the bottom of the truck bed as my Dad was worried about breaking the plastic liner tossing firewood in it when it was very cold. Since been turned into the panels in two cabinet doors (ugly looking and needs to be totally remade) and a magazine rack for the back door of a bathroom cabinet. Lots of it left yet, probably still enough to cover the whole truck box.
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Thanks guys. We have our "moments" in the shop, but it goes pretty good for the most part. The spouse is a Capricorn and highly organized, I am a messy disorganized Libra so you can see where the both the friction and the harmony come in.

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"Harry I'll apologize right now, I haven't done a full photo shoot because I really had no idea how this was going to turn out and I feared the worst. This is my first BIG project."

Deb, the whole idea of photo shoots is to show errors as well as successes and how they were overcome! I really do admire you, there seems nothing that you're not prepared to have a go at.
I'm sure that many perfect looking projects posted did not go as smoothly as we're led to believe, newcomers to woodworking run the risk of thinking everything we do works out perfectly and it would ease their minds to know that this isn't so!

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a magazine rack for the back door of a bathroom cabinet.
Love it, Derek ! Seen plenty of stacks of woodworking mags on the floor there, but their own rack, that's planning !

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That's going to turn out nice, Deb. I was doing a couple of wardrobes last month for someone else and was very frustrated when I came to fit them and discovered a variation in the ceiling height I hadn't spotted when I measured up :-(

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Nice work Deb, the gratification you receive from doing it yourself is worth way more than than the money you save buying a prebuilt one.

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Love it, Derek ! Seen plenty of stacks of woodworking mags on the floor there, but their own rack, that's planning !

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Still can't figure out how to attach it to the back of the door. It is 1/4" plywood. My Wife suggests double-sided foam backed tape, but hasn't bought any to try it out yet. So the magazines are still on the counter, sliding into the sink or onto the floor. The floor is the worst as then they make the floor a danger zone for sliding and tripping because of the slick surface.

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I'm sure that many perfect looking projects posted did not go as smoothly as we're led to believe, newcomers to woodworking run the risk of thinking everything we do works out perfectly and it would ease their minds to know that this isn't so!
My projects will be perfect examples of what can go wrong. Just gotta get my Wife to take the latest pics off the camera so I can upload the good and the bad.
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Derek.. if drilling two holes into the back of the door isn't out of the question. a French cleat might serve the purpose nicely.
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