Thursday, March 13, 2014

Faux Columns on Corners

I have this plain hallway that I wanted to dress up with some faux columns

I started with some 5.5" MDF and then sent it through the table saw with the blade at 45 degrees so the two corners would meet at a corner.

Then I marked where I needed to cut the baseboard with my muli-tool

Then I used my compressor and nail gun to nail the MDF to the wall and added some narrow corner moulding on all three sides. I also put some 1/4" wood on the top as sort of a topper.

The corner moulding is 3/4" wide, so I measured where the baseboard and crown would be and then added 3/4". I cut some 1/4" pieces of plywood to put at the top and bottom with that measurement so there would be 3/4" all the way around once the baseboard and crown were on. I measured the baseboard and drew on the baseboard where I needed to trim with the multi-tool and chisel.

Then I nailed it in place
I cut and put the crown in place, filled with filler, sanded, and caulked all around the whole column.

After I taped it off, it took two coats of primer and two coats of semi-gloss bright white paint (sanding in between coats).


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Making Cabinet Doors Using a Kreg Jig

Cabinet doors! I made these with 1/2" birch plywood for the middle and 1x3s for the frame. I've made cabinets before with 1x2s and they often crack when I screw them together since they're a little too thin.

Once I drilled all the pocket holes with my Kreg Jig, I laid them all out back side up to screw together.

Since the middle piece is 1/4" thinner than the frame pieces, I put a piece of 1/4" plywood under it so the back is all flush while drilling in place.

Ta-da! I'm turning these into tilt out cabinets to hold trash and recycling cans, so I also added some 1x12s to the back.

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