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    Wall Unit

    Hello
    Here is a wall unit that I finished up this past spring, but haven't had the time to post it up on the forum because we don't have a digital camera so I had to wait till I could borrow one. The wall unit is the whole length of our living room on the west wall. When we moved into our new house we realized that we would like to do something inside the house to make it look different then all the other houses on the street. It's a new subdivision and most of the houses are identical outside, and besides I don't have a passion to do landscaping.

    The construction started last fall on the wall by picking a colour that the wife thought would be suitable. I think it actually looks good with the dark stain colour of the wall unit. I first built the window seat and then the bookcases on the sides. Since I was doing this project over the winter we decided on a water base stain. The window seat has a lift up top and is constructed mostly of plywood. The front is frame and panel using pocket screw joinery. (Not my favourite.)

    The next step was to make a base for the book shelves to sit on. The two tall bookcases were constructed next and then installed. They are firmly anchored to the wall into the studs. The smaller bookcases came next. This is the first large project that my measurement actually worked. There is roughly a 1/8" gap between the wall and the two end bookcases.

    The baseboard trim was constructed last and finished before installation. It was then nailed to the base and the nails can't be seen unless you are really looking for them.

    We find this unit makes the living room take on more character then just a plain bare wall. Each section is roughly 6 feet in length. The tall bookcases are 74" in height and the shorter ones are half of that.

    I am interested in your comments to make myself a better woodworker.

    Thanks
    Stephan
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    Stephan,

    Wonderful job on the shelving and finish work. Looks like a lot of detail went into the whole project. Like the vent on the front. I assume you had to re-route a floor vent.

    Darren

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    I think the whole thing looks great, Stephan. Can't think of any suggestions to make it any better. Thanks for posting the pics.
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    That looks really good. Great way to frame a window.
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    De'Jevu, all over again, I made that unit , just like it, Honest, I did... A friend and I were commissioned to build a wall unit, about 20 something years ago, and the results were remarkable even down to the air vent in the window box. Tall units beside short units, (the walls were Pink in our case)

    Of course yours looks much better than ours

    Thanks for the posting and reminder of the days gone past. You did a great job.

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    wall unit

    Yes I had to reroute the floor vent through the window seat. I asked a contractor that I know and he explained how it do it. It was pretty easy to do, a 90 degree elbow and a very short piece and it was done. The good thing about it is that it seems we get more heat/cold air into the room now. Inside the window seat I split the area into 3 sections. One for the pipe and the other 2 for storage.

    Thanks
    Stephan

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    Good use of the space

    makes the room look cozy, and the use of the space is very productive, the storage on each side of your heating vent will come in mighty handy.. did you finish it by hand or spray it? looks ike the shine is right on target.. thansk for sharun!
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    The finish is miniwax water based products, applied with foam brush and then wiped off. I find the water base stains dry very fast and instead of waiting 5 to 10 mins before wiping off its about 2 to 3mins. The clear coat helps the stain colour stand out. (If that's the proper terminology). It actually helped the colour look better. I applied 3 coats of stain followed by 3 clear coats.

    Stephan

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    Stephan,

    Overall I like the look and proportions of the unit. Looks like you made good use of the space and not going full height on the end cabinets is a nice touch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephan Postmus View Post
    Yes I had to reroute the floor vent through the window seat. I asked a contractor that I know and he explained how it do it. It was pretty easy to do, a 90 degree elbow and a very short piece and it was done. The good thing about it is that it seems we get more heat/cold air into the room now. Inside the window seat I split the area into 3 sections. One for the pipe and the other 2 for storage.

    Thanks
    Stephan
    NICE job, Stephan. And about the improved heat/cooling, you probably are feeling the results because by directing the vent horizontally, it disperses the airflow across a wide area of the floor instead of going straight up toward the ceiling and affecting only a narrow area parallel to the wall, until it hits the ceiling and by the time the flow disperses to the rest of the room there is a temp change in the airflow and you don't feel the full effect of tither the heating OR cooling llike you do now. That is one reason I never was very fond of floor mounted vents in comparison to wall mounted vents (either high or low).

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