Construction zone. Some tasks for this past week noted above. With these completed, the end of this project is in sight.
I’ll tell you what, I have been doing some real man's work this week. I’m talking about framing out the opening in my daughter’s bathroom wall and doing sheetrock work: mudding and sanding. I felt as if I could really bond with those guys that use the contractor’s entrance at my local Home Depot.
Last week, I had completed the demolition needed to start the install of the built-in project. Here is what happened this week…
"Frame me!" That is what the opening I created seemed to be yelling at me. I had to do something with the flimsy, unsupported sheetrock. I added one 2x4 to one side (additions highlighted in blue), as well as one at the top and bottom of the opening. I did this on Monday evening and it went very well. I did not toe nail the cross pieces - rather, I used scrap plywood to join these boards to the rest of the framing.
Doing some mudding. I worked on this Tuesday evening and Wednesday (this photo taken with my cell phone is of the first coat of mud). I hate doing this - one reason why it took me so long to complete such a small patch.
Over-kill. After the sheetrock work, it is on to the stand the built-in will rest on. It was constructed using 2x4s which is a whole lot of wood for this thing. Let's just say I don't have to worry about it falling over.
As a side note, when I designed this stand, I did it totally in SketchUp and I used a new plugin (new to me at least) called Cutlist (read more about this plugin here and grab the link to the free download). Since my last blog post on cutlists, I thought it would be good to use one, gaining insight into why others like them so much. I found it useful for the little stand, cutting some components straight off the cutlist. Certain parts had to be fitted into the framing. For that, I had to take those components upstairs and make sure they fit as drawn. So as Mathew Kenny wrote in FWW, cutlists are useful, but some parts should be not be fabricated going just from the cutlist; dimensions should be verified by going to your project before cutting.
Today, I applied some wipe-on polyurethane to select parts of the built-in and prepared everything for the move up to the bathroom.
Just prior to installation. I am glad I took this photo because this bathroom is so small, I couldn't get a decent one of it installed. The built-in will reside in the wall behind the door.
At it's new home. The built-in finally installed. I have some minor items on my punch list, but for the most part, it is complete.
In a prior post, I pondered the best way to attach the built-in to the wall. I had framed out the opening and had planned on driving two inch brads through the casing then into the framing. Quite by accident, I discovered a better way. This thing fits sooo snug that there is no way it is coming out - no matter that there is nothing attaching it to the wall or the stand.
I will add a couple of brads and sink some screws through the base and into the stand, but I won't have to do much in this regard.
This week, I have to do some minor work on the drawers, I want to carefully caulk around the casing, then bring up the shelves and drawers. And I am thinking I should paint the interior of the drawer area. That will keep me a little busy this week, but then it will be on to another project and I have two in mind.
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