Building Sunroom Bookcases part 2

The only good thing about my accident was that it made it easier to post closer to real time – these posts are timely (like in last week) – I’m still working on them, so any faux pas are gonna show up here. Let’s continue with the bookcases.  The design of which is still developing.

1 back pannelAfter seeing the cases up next to the wall, I decided to add a back. Lots of this casework uses the wall surface as the back. Being me, I didn’t want any gaps or irregularities at the back of the bookcases, so a 1/4″ luan plywood back is painted and added.

2 bookcases upThe boxes are test fit one more time before they are fastened together.

3 attaching bookcasesThe individual boxes are clamped and screwed together from underneath. I use a lot of clamps – always a good idea, and a necessity if you work by yourself. I made individual elements because it was just easier to layout the casework – it could have been made in two pieces, but the separate boxes made it easier to fit to the windows.

4 drywall 2nd wallThe cases are in place and the bottom sides for the center case are attached. The drywall panel is added in the middle that creates the return air ducts.

5 trim startedThe face frame trim is being added, as well as the base for the crown.

6 crown trimNow we throw a little crown trim up and think about what to do with that center case design.

7 meter base removalSo while I’m thinking about that – let’s hop outside and remove the electrical off the roof and get the siding stripped. I had the power company out to disconnect the overhead wires and put in a saw drop. (see last picture for explanation).

8 siding removal startI’ll be running the power underground instead of overhead. The siding has to come off to put up plywood sheathing and a new Azek meter base before the siding is installed.

9 center bookcase startNow back inside, as I think I’ve figured out in my head what the design will be for the center casework. The panel clamped at the top will be the return air chamber – air grilles will be added to the top, so they will not be visible in the room.

10 panel frameA bottom panel is fabricated with pocket screws and routed for two recessed panels for detail. You see that crazy cutout sheet of plywood in the background? I never throw anything away (or cut it down) that might be used later. That sheet yielded two perfect sized panels for this project.

11 panel frame in placeThen a test fit of the bottom panel.

12 center trim mock upStarting a mock-up of how to deal with the trim. Stumped again – time to go out and mess with the siding.

13 eave detailI’ve been procrastinating this part, so I saved it for the end of the day. The old aluminum soffits are removed to reveal this mess.

14 eave removal in progressIt’s dirty, dusty and not fun – but we’ll get rid of all this gunk from 1935.

15 back of houseThe back stripped of siding. The electrical is removed, along with the air conditioners. You see the saw drop to the right – all power to the house and garage are coming from extension cords plugged into the pole.

Not bad for a day’s work – now if I can just figure out that bookcase…stay tuned and we’ll come up with something.




2 thoughts on “Building Sunroom Bookcases part 2

    • Thanks, Chris. I’ve been noodling around with the design and think I finally have an idea how to finish them off. Still working on the surround sound issues – we’ll see what happens.

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