Starting the Master Closet

We’ll be working on the master closet for the next few weeks at lease, so expect bit by bit explanations and building details.

Pocket screws will hold the lumber together on the outside of the top and bottom.

The first step is to cut the 3/4 inch plywood for 6 similarly sized towers.

We’ve used pocket screws for a number of different projects.

The sides are 23 21 inches by 78 inches and will be attached top and bottom 32 (33) inches apart (outside measurement). Therefore the tops and bottoms are 30.5 (31.5) inches long allowing for 3/4 inch on each side.

All the plywood and luan will be primed and painted on all sides.

Then I’m priming and painting all the lumber so I won’t have any hard to get to areas after it’s assembled.

We used a similar base when we built the windowseat.

While the paint is drying we will lay out a base with 2″ by 6″ lumber.

The 2 by 6 base will run the entire length of the closet minus 1 foot.

The spacing is 10 feet long and 23 21 inches deep. I bought 10-foot long 2 by 6s so we wouldn’t have to piece the base. We’re adding a cross piece at intervals where the towers will lean on the base, so three 32-inch spaces and one 24-inch space on my side and three 33-inch spaces and one 21-inch space on Charlie’s side..

The screws are placed on the underside so they won’t show.

We’re using a Kreg jig and pocket screws to hold the pieces together.  We’ll drill holes on the outside of the top and bottom of the pieces so the screw holes and screws won’t show when the pieces are put together.

Luan will fill in the back of the closet sections.

Then we’re tacking a piece of luan 32″ by 78″ onto the back of the structure.

The closet will look different tonight.

If we can get this much finished today, I’ll be thrilled. Not likely, though.

Are you a good estimate of how long a job will take?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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