The desk portion of our home office built-in unit is complete! I am thrilled with how it turned out. I will warn you that this post is a long one! If you have no interest in how we built it, feel free to skip to the pretty pictures at the end :).
For the base units we used unfinished wood kitchen base cabinets from Lowes. First, we cut the bottom "toe kicks" off of the cabinets using a circular saw to make them "desk height". A typical desk is about 30" high and our cabinets wound up being a little less than 31"... close enough. Then I applied three coats of Kiltz Primer and two coats of white semi-gloss paint. We removed the baseboard in the areas where the built-ins will go so they sit flush to the wall. Then we screwed them into the studs in the wall. The one wall corner has a 135 degree angle, so we decided to cut one of the cabinets diagonally to make a right triangle-shaped cabinet so we can make use of the entire length of the space. We basically just cut the back and right sides off, removed the shelf and then cut the bottom diagonally. Obviously we couldn't get the drawer back in then, so I removed the front face and attached it using tip out hinges and attached a plastic plastic tray to the back of the drawer front for some extra storage. Leave no space un-storable... that's my motto!
|Base units installed! (Sorry about the photo quality... this was a nighttime phone shot).|
To attach the boards together we cut holes in the sides of each board (the end boards only got holes in one side) using a biscuit cutter. Then we used wood glue and biscuits to bind the boards together. We put the glue in each hole and along one side of each board. Then we used several clamps to squeeze them together.
|This is what we started with for the desk top.|
|That's me cutting my biscuits!|
|Preparing to glue them together using wood glue and biscuits.|
|Dad and brother reinforcing with their new Kreg Jig|
|And a shot of my brother's workshop/barn just for fun.|
|Dad attaching the top to the base units.|
And finally, for the finished product! Here is our shiny new built-in desk:
|I'm in love!|
|Look how gorgeous that wood is!! I can't stop looking at it!|
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