Originally Posted by saldog78
Amazing craftsmanship. I'm thinking of replicating (i.e. stealing) your idea of the media shelves that swing out under the stairs (so i can access the back of my equipment that will be residing under there). Any more pics of the hinges or molding work on those? Or even better, pics during construction?
I'm afraid I didn't take any in-progress pictures
. When I'm in the building groove I forget to take pictures. But I did take some of them installed and whipped up some sketches to explain how I went about building the media shelves.
First off I built the carcass out of 2x6's and 5/8 plywood. Below is a basic sketch. Everything is glued and screwed together to make a strong frame that won't sag over time. I then sanded and pre-sealed the carcass. Then stained and sealed with the same material as the wainscotting. The gaps between the doors is for the allowance for the swing because the depth the shelves.
I then cut, sanded, pre-sealed, stained, and sealed the shelves and installed in the carcass.
I used standard door hinges; 3 per door. I routed the carcass and the 1 x 4 jamb material and checked the installation in my shop. Once the jambs were done I removed them from the carcass, and finished them off just like wainscotting.
I installed the jambs, hinges, and both doors. I used screws long enough to penetrate the 2x4 studs....
Once the doors were in I installed the face trim around the perimeter of the carcass to hide the dado joints. The trim between the (2) doors were made wider to hide gap between the doors.
The left side door trim was rabbitted on the back so it overlapped right side door trim.
Right side door trim rabitted on the front...
What they look like from the front when closed. The overlap prevents a gap...
I then routed and installed some roundover trim and installed on the front of each shelf....
I struggled with a method to keep the doors locked and in place when I didn't need to open them. I settled upon a simple pin method. Given that they are recessed into the shelves and below the line of sight you don't really notice them. This on holds the right side door. I clamped the door in place and then drilled thru the carcass and into the jamb.
Pulls out for opening...
The left side door uses the same method but pins both doors together....
All in all the shelves work really well. As you see from the pics I still need to putty up nail holes and other little things to dress out the trim/finish, etc. But that is the last thing on my list to do before I call this project complete.
We store our chest freezer underneath our stairs so we only have to get into it 2-3 times/month. So the pins method work fine for us. If you need to get behind yours more frequently then you may chose a more convenient method. To open the doors we pull both pins and open the doors simultaneously. If you want to open just one door at a time you need to make the gap between the doors wider to accomodate.
If you need more detail just let me know.