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Old 08-08-2012, 08:23 PM   #151
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Got the second closet built and installed. This time I scribed and fitted the side panels to the wall before assembling the closet and was rewarded with the thing sliding up tight to the wall first try.



Got all the wiring runs pulled but not terminated. DC wiring for the kitchen area runs from the electrical closet on the left, across the ceiling, through the closet on the right and into the area where the kitchen cabinet will go. There will be a curtain rod between the two closets for some bathroom privacy. Also got the smoke, monoxide and propane alarms installed.



The wiring closet need a bit of TLC. I know where it all goes, really, I do.



Here's my supervisor. He must be management 'cause he's always bugging me and doesn't help worth a damn. We thought it was pretty cool that he matches the captain's chair.

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:00 PM   #152
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Love the cat--they rule!

Do as I say---not as I do! Both my '71 Chevy Suburban and my '59 Morris Minor woodie required complete re wiring and at the time I knew EXACTLY where every wire, fuse, relay and circuit was and how it worked. Why bother making a new detailed wiring diagram. It's been a year since I finished the last one and your comment "really, I know" got me thinking about those two projects--and I don't remember any of the particulars except that I spent hundreds of hours figuring them out in the first place. God help me if I ever have to go back into those projects again! Photos and diagrams--do 'em both. I'll TRY heed my own advice as I get to the wiring in my '35 Chevy SKOOLIE!
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That's good advice.

I tried to keep my coach wiring simple just for that reason; everything's a home run back to the wiring closet. But now that you mention it I think I'll mark the device ends of the runs and draw up an electrical map. I won't need it because I never forget stuff but it might be useful for the next guy.
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Great looking cabinets.
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Yeah, You never forget stuff? Well it's your story so I guess you can tell it any way you want
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Great looking cabinets.
Thanx, I swiped the idea from you. I used 3/4" oak plywood and made an three-sided box (front and two sides) then built in some permanent shelves to give some rigidity. I was careful to make them a press fit against the wall, ceiling and floor to give most of the stability then used 6 angle brackets attach them to the ceiling and wall and they're gratifyingly solid. It had been years since I'd bought furniture grade plywood and I was shocked at how thin the oak veneers were. Shocked I say! It was made in the USA too so I can't carp about the chineese this time. I wanted something light and solid and (so far) these look to be doing the job. The cabinet work is pretty basic - I left the plywood edges showing and cut a 25 degree bevel on the door edges for finger grip instead of installing pulls. The sides are dadoed into the front and glued. Aside from the dados you could make these with a sabre saw.

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What were we talking about??
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:50 PM   #157
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Painless Wiring...
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It is great that I was able to inspire you to build your cabinets in such a manner. I did put a 1/4 inch roundover edge on all mine with a small router. I really do not mind the edge of the plywood. When using expensive plywood, the edge will not have any voids. If you have not stained your cabinets yet, you might take a sanding block to the edges just to soften them up a little.

To see the wood up against the carpeted ceiling makes me think that I was there to help you. Uncanny!
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I did give them a good going over with my random orbit sander before brushing on the polyurethane so the edges are nicely eased but not rounded over like yours. Frankly, the veneer is so thin that I was afraid I'd tear it out with the router. Besides, my garage is so chaotic with this project that I can't even get to my router table!

Every woodworking project that I've stained looked....wrong, so these days when I want a dark piece I use dark wood and a clear finish. Dark colors tend to make a space look smaller so in a small space like this I like light colors. I even considered using birch ply with a water based finish to get a nearly white look but I already had a good bit of oak plywood and some left over oil based poly so I went with the oak and oil finish throughout.
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Now is the time to label all those wires........... While you still know "really I do" where they all go........
get some masking tape and write on the tape then stick em on the wires....... just in case the "I really do" turns into an "ol ****"......
if not for you then do it for us for I have a bad case of CRS.....

NICE JOB!!!
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