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WALL MOUNTED, BUILT IN CHINA CABINET

  • October 18, 2016

knucklebuster
knucklebuster
knucklebuster
knucklebuster

Wife was inspired to draw her own design by 1 she saw online. She draws 'em, I build 'em. As dining area is small, I built it INTO the wall so shelf depth did not take up so much space. This added about 4 in. Needed a dedicated electrical outlet for phone in adjacent family room, so while the wall was open I routed a wire from the family room light switch around the top of where the cabinet was to be. After measuring, to cut opening, I had to cut out all but top and bottom portion of 2 studs and all but bottom of 3rd where the upper part of cabinet joins the lower. I then had to frame in the entire opening to accept the cabinet. The biggest challenge of many was framing in the odd, offset opening portion, as I had to build a short 'L-shaped stud' with a short header plate to attach up inside the remaining drywall. The top of the L-stud had to be attached to the end of the short header plate. The challenge was propping the stud into proper position and then drilling and screwing the header plate to the existing header 14 in. above the top of the opening between 2 pieces of drywall 3-3/4 in. apart. This was a "blueprint and build as you go" project. Pictures will indicate that. Ryobi suggests I input reaction; people are amazed. GOD directed me every step of the way, except when I made mistakes.

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  • This turned out great! What a perfect idea for saving space. It's really evident that this project took a lot of skill and vision. The finish you chose looks perfect- what kind of paint/sealant did you use?
    By RYOBI Nation, on October 20, 2016
    • THANK YOU so much for your kind comments. The 1st coat on the bottom was a int latex Behr semi-gloss. Wife didn't think it dark enough. Next 2 coats were int/ext latex Behr hi-gloss and final coat was a Minwax polycrylic for a little extra sheen and hardness. (By the way, I have to brag some: That is the first "fine furniture" cabinet and doors I have ever made.) I'm a retired auto mechanic, but learned a lot from my father, (also a mechanic) when he built our house, his shops and other things. After remodeling our master bedroom and the kitchen, wife figured I was good enough to build furniture. She's happy. THANKS AGAIN. KN
      By knucklebuster, on October 20, 2016

  • Safe to say she made a good assessment of your skill level! Everything you've posted on Nation is very impressive. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
    By RYOBI Nation, on October 24, 2016

  • THANK YOU AGAIN!!, Ryobi Nation, for your kind words. KN
    By knucklebuster, on October 24, 2016

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WALL MOUNTED, BUILT IN CHINA CABINET

by knucklebuster
Oct 18, 2016

Wife was inspired to draw her own design by 1 she saw online. She draws 'em, I build 'em. As dining area is small, I built it INTO the wall so shelf depth did not take up so much space. This added about 4 in. Needed a dedicated electrical outlet for phone in adjacent family room, so while the wall was open I routed a wire from the family room light switch around the top of where the cabinet was to be. After measuring, to cut opening, I had to cut out all but top and bottom portion of 2 studs and all but bottom of 3rd where the upper part of cabinet joins the lower. I then had to frame in the entire opening to accept the cabinet. The biggest challenge of many was framing in the odd, offset opening portion, as I had to build a short 'L-shaped stud' with a short header plate to attach up inside the remaining drywall. The top of the L-stud had to be attached to the end of the short header plate. The challenge was propping the stud into proper position and then drilling and screwing the header plate to the existing header 14 in. above the top of the opening between 2 pieces of drywall 3-3/4 in. apart. This was a "blueprint and build as you go" project. Pictures will indicate that. Ryobi suggests I input reaction; people are amazed. GOD directed me every step of the way, except when I made mistakes.