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So... I'm an architect, but for the past decade or so I've been teaching. Schools in Louisiana are closed until April 13th, and our district is staying closed until April 20th because we were scheduled for Easter break that week. Well... I've decided to make good use of the time at home. I'm finally getting around to building the media cabinet/storage drawers/bookcases that I designed 8 years ago. I had all of the materials sitting on my garage floor when hurricane Isaac flooded my neighborhood in August 2012. While my house didn't even come close to flooding, the garage is over 2 feet lower and had just enough flood water to destroy all of the materials I had.

Anyway, I had bought the materials again last year and now I've finally had the time to start getting it done. That area of the house was clearly meant for a built in... so...




This is the rough plan. I tightened this plan up some and also made cut sheets to take into the shop with me so I know exactly what sizes and features I need to cut and how many of each I need. My wife changed the base units on the sides to drawer bases but I didn't make the change to the rough drawing.



We glued up the two book case units today but I haven't taken any photos. Some of y'all might remember my son building a nice chess board that I posted about not so long ago. Well, he's been helping me with this one as well where he can. I'm going to teach him how to make shaker style doors soon. what I REALLY hoping is that he turns out to be real good at painting... ;)
 
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So... I'm an architect, but for the past decade or so I've been teaching. Schools in Louisiana are closed until April 13th, and our district is staying closed until April 20th because we were scheduled for Easter break that week. Well... I've decided to make good use of the time at home. I'm finally getting around to building the media cabinet/storage drawers/bookcases that I designed 8 years ago. I had all of the materials sitting on my garage floor when hurricane Isaac flooded my neighborhood in August 2012. While my house didn't even come close to flooding, the garage is over 2 feet lower and had just enough flood water to destroy all of the materials I had.

Anyway, I had bought the materials again last year and now I've finally had the time to start getting it done. That area of the house was clearly meant for a built in... so...




This is the rough plan. I tightened this plan up some and also made cut sheets to take into the shop with me so I know exactly what sizes and features I need to cut and how many of each I need. My wife changed the base units on the sides to drawer bases but I didn't make the change to the rough drawing.



We glued up the two book case units today but I haven't taken any photos. Some of y'all might remember my son building a nice chess board that I posted about not so long ago. Well, he's been helping me with this one as well where he can. I'm going to teach him how to make shaker style doors soon. what I REALLY hoping is that he turns out to be real good at painting... ;)
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what I REALLY hoping is that he turns out to be real good at painting... ;)

No staining/varnishing? weenie, boatboy…. :p}:-):rolleyes:

If you're going to paint, prime using the Behr #75 primer, then hit the cabinets with the new Behr satin cabinet and trim paint (min 2 coats). Use the best brushes/rollers - if rollers, use 1/4 inch nap 4 or 6 inch wide. Nothing in/on them for a week, nothing heavy in/on them for a month - even though the can has a shorter time to weight. The finish is awesome in sheen and durability - and semigloss would be too high for an entertainment center. Yes, I do work at Home Depot, I am a certified paint specialist (and appliances and flooring/decor, and millworks and hardware and lighting/electrical, yadayadayada...) and personally have been using Behr paint since 1985 (before ever even thinking of working for the big orange box). More light coats are better than one heavy coat.

Check the edge lifting in the floor, especially if that's a moderately damp basement. Doubly if it's a laminate/engineered rather than real wood, you could get surface separation or expansion of the substrate. if it's click-lock, easy fix - wrap a rolling pin in a microfiber towel and roll the seams down, if it's t&g, build a flattening block out of 3/4 plywood faced with a high impact soft face and use a dead blow to reset the seaming issues.

Beautiful job with the joinery and design.
 
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No staining/varnishing? weenie, boatboy…. :p}:-):rolleyes:

If you're going to paint, prime using the Behr #75 primer, then hit the cabinets with the new Behr satin cabinet and trim paint (min 2 coats). Use the best brushes/rollers - if rollers, use 1/4 inch nap 4 or 6 inch wide. Nothing in/on them for a week, nothing heavy in/on them for a month - even though the can has a shorter time to weight. The finish is awesome in sheen and durability - and semigloss would be too high for an entertainment center. Yes, I do work at Home Depot, I am a certified paint specialist (and appliances and flooring/decor, and millworks and hardware and lighting/electrical, yadayadayada...) and personally have been using Behr paint since 1985 (before ever even thinking of working for the big orange box). More light coats are better than one heavy coat.

Check the edge lifting in the floor, especially if that's a moderately damp basement. Doubly if it's a laminate/engineered rather than real wood, you could get surface separation or expansion of the substrate. if it's click-lock, easy fix - wrap a rolling pin in a microfiber towel and roll the seams down, if it's t&g, build a flattening block out of 3/4 plywood faced with a high impact soft face and use a dead blow to reset the seaming issues.

Beautiful job with the joinery and design.
The decision to paint versus stain/varnish was made more out of budgetary reasons (the lumber for paint grade is significantly less) than anything else. I thought about buying a decent sprayer, but I just don't want to deal with the prep involved in spraying. I bought an assortment of Wooster Alpha premium profession brushes and I've done a LOT of painting in my day, so I know how to use them. I've considered going with Farrow & Ball gloss, but then I'd have to update all of the painted case work in that room and I'd really rather not. I used Benjamin Moore Advance Interior Satin on the base and crown molding throughout the house, but I have heard some really good things about Valspar Cabinet Enamel Semi-Gloss and Behr Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel. I'll need to decide soon because I anticipate the main parts of this project will be ready for primer and paint by next weekend. I figure I'll start the sanding and other preparation while I'm building drawer fronts and doors and go from there.

Those floors are rectified ceramic tile made to look like cherry boards, so... no issue there. 8-)
 

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Made some significant progress on the built in the last few days.

Installing that crown molding to the top of that center upper media cabinet ought to be a real pain in the ass, but wrestling that monster with just me and the wife would have been a bitch. Sooooo... I just so happened to have some help available even though I wasn't done installing trim so I took the help and got it done.

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The kids were afraid that the power and internet would be off until tomorrow, they were quite happy that I got it all back up and running even in a temporary configuration.
 

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I know that getting that crown molding installed way up there was going to be a pain in the ass. The problem is that after being up and down a ladder trying to install a crown my legs were about done. So... I was calling it a night and was riding my motorcycle up my driveway to put it away after working in the garage all day. I hit a block of wood that I had missed during cleanup and it destabilized the bike. When I put my foot down to steady the bike I got a cramp and damned near dropped the bike right into the side of my trailer. I yelled for Mrs. parallel to come help and we got it upright and on the kickstand, but trying to hold up a nearly 1000 lb. bike with one cramped leg has me limping around in pain. I'm pretty sure that I pulled my hamstring. So... light duty for me for at least a few days while this heals.
 

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I know that getting that crown molding installed way up there was going to be a pain in the ass. The problem is that after being up and down a ladder trying to install a crown my legs were about done. So... I was calling it a night and was riding my motorcycle up my driveway to put it away after working in the garage all day. I hit a block of wood that I had missed during cleanup and it destabilized the bike. When I put my foot down to steady the bike I got a cramp and damned near dropped the bike right into the side of my trailer. I yelled for Mrs. parallel to come help and we got it upright and on the kickstand, but trying to hold up a nearly 1000 lb. bike with one cramped leg has me limping around in pain. I'm pretty sure that I pulled my hamstring. So... light duty for me for at least a few days while this heals.
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A cajun is not a coon ass and vice versa...I do believe Cajun is derived from a corruption of Acadian, being the French folks from Canuckistan that were displaced to Louisiana after ...coon ass refers to the redneck southerners who moved into Louisiana later...prove me wrong...
 

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A cajun is not a coon ass and vice versa...I do believe Cajun is derived from a corruption of Acadian, being the French folks from Canuckistan that were displaced to Louisiana after ...coon ass refers to the redneck southerners who moved into Louisiana later...prove me wrong...
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A cajun is not a coon ass and vice versa...I do believe Cajun is derived from a corruption of Acadian, being the French folks from Canuckistan that were displaced to Louisiana after ...coon ass refers to the redneck southerners who moved into Louisiana later...prove me wrong...

Cajuns are descendants of French Acadians. They were resettled by the French Government in Lousiana and what are parts of lower Alabama and Mississippi following the loss of Acadia during the French and Indian War. Acadian (A-Ca-Diun) and the pronunciation becomes Cajun and Cajun is also a derivative French language that is separate from French Creole.
 

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A cajun is not a coon ass and vice versa...I do believe Cajun is derived from a corruption of Acadian, being the French folks from Canuckistan that were displaced to Louisiana after ...coon ass refers to the redneck southerners who moved into Louisiana later...prove me wrong...

You just took all the fun out of small jibes at the boat guy.... his work is too good to not take him down a peg... I will accept the admonition, and hide for a few days now.
 

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You just took all the fun out of small jibes at the boat guy.... his work is too good to not take him down a peg... I will accept the admonition, and hide for a few days now.
Sorry to rain on your parade, Troll, but as a son of the south, I could not let the mischaracterization slide...
 
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