Rebuilding a Home Office and Computing Area - Pt. 4 +update

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  1. AlanLichty

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    Prepping the room was a lengthy task since I was trying to disassemble 19 years worth of junk accumulation. I elected to repaint the walls and ceiling since this hadn't been done since I built the old system in 2000. Cathedral ceilings are neat to look at but a royal pain to paint. In this case the wall behind the computer desk is 14' tall so this is extension ladder territory. The room was originally supposed to be a dining room but we had no use for that and it has always been my office space. The chandelier speaks volumes about the mismatch :D

    This is what the room looked like last weekend just before moving day:

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    Starting the installation:

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    Assembly complete:

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    What it looks like today while scribbling this thread:

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    The top cupboards will all have cabinet doors that I just got all the raw wood for Wednesday and I do still have to build the storage system that will be on the right of this structure but I now have a much more comfortable desk to sit at while editing images and posting. I might take a bit of a break from making sawdust after completing this part - it has eaten most of my spare time since I started in late November and finished just last weekend.

    Thanks for following along. I will add to this series when I get the other storage cabinet built and populated with all my camera gear in one place.
     
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    Nice change of space. You have so much more storage now.... Judging by your library you know your way around a command prompt. :)
     
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    The next phase will be where real storage comes to pass. I have many piles of "stuff" that got displaced while this project was in progress that still need to migrate back into the room. I have 6 shelves for the upper cabinets getting finished and am about to make up the cabinet doors for the upper cabinets.

    Design thoughts - This system has basically 3 24" vertical columns of supported storage spaces and one wider one on the left. I could maybe leave the center of the 3 24" columns as open shelves with the exposed drawers, integrated amp and the phone and then maybe do double cabinet doors on each of the two flanking columns. I would have to make twice as many doors but it might look nice. Thoughts?
     
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    Either way could work aesthetically, Careful planning and choice of the door material... Where the knots and darker grain are located can aid in giving 3 columns a warmer feel. If using hardwood instead of plywood, re-sawing to create book matched doors panels is a nice way to break up the monotony of the boxy feeling, rows of rectangles would create.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. The one tool I don't have and don't have room for is a band saw that would let me do re-sawing :oops: I am going to break up the monotony by using solid western maple for the rails and stiles with 1/4" maple insets. Keeping the insets smaller with the double doors might help.
     
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    Listening to @Bill Swartzwelder might turn out to be an expensive exercise for this project. I am just about to pull the trigger on a bandsaw that will let me resaw up to 13" so I can cut my own insert panels from some nicer wood. There are just so many more directions I can go with a design if I can choose the wood/grain for the inserts vs. putting up with whatever the plywood mills churned out.
     
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    Ha... I have had a few guys cost me a bunch by recommending Camera gear.... so I know how you feel. :)
     
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    It's very cool to see this up to this point Alan. It's a really great looking set up. You have 2 nice size speakers, what do you use them for?

    And yeah, it sounds like Bill has caused you to spend some more money! :)
     
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    I am fairly serious about my audio - the speakers are B&W LM-1s connected to a Rotel integrated amp that is sitting just above the drawers and my chair is obscuring a Martin Logan powered subwoofer that is sitting in the corner under the desktop. The audio can either be playing from my computer or I can switch it over to source from the primary house audio system.

    Happily for me I can get a very nice bandsaw for considerably less money than a good camera body or any of my lenses.
     
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    Been a few weeks but I took a bit of a detour to buy a new bandsaw and learn how to use it to resaw boards and make book-matched panels as @Bill Swartzwelder suggested.

    Bandsaw - I made sure I got one I could use for years to come without regretting buying a bench top toy:

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    This lets me take a board up to 13" tall and split it vertically to make panels that can be glued together to show mirrored grain patterns (book-matching). The partially milled western maple that will become the rails and stiles for the cabinet doors are lined up on the table just behind my table saw.

    I used eastern maple heartwood for the book-matched insert panels and the door frames are western maple (AKA bigleaf maple):

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    Most maple furniture is made from the white sapwood so maple heartwood with the darker grain patterns is actually cheap compared to the typical white wood. I happen to like the complete lack of uniformity and seek out the more dramatic wood grain.
     
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    Very nice, I am glad you were able to make some space in your shop for that. i have a grizzly G0555X that I don't use often, but is great for special projects. Your Cabinet doors look fantastic!
     
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    Thanks - When I looked at the footprint of a bandsaw I was surprised at how small it really is compared to my table saw so I made sure it had a mobility base to allow me to shuffle things around to use it. My table saw does have a very nice mobility base so it moves around easily in spite of being over 500lbs with it's built in router table and outfield table. Glad I bought the saw - I have plans for how I can expand my sawdust manufacturing habit with it :D

    You can never have too many tools for making wood shorter........
     
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