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.