Base cabinet installation
starts pretty much the same way as the upper: find the high point and
work from there. Surprisingly, the high point on the floor hadn't
moved in the last few weeks.
Bean insisted on being Daddy's Little Helper throughout most of the
weekend. Fine enough; she knew to stay away when the power tools
were running. Mostly, I just let her hold my pencil or tape, then
track it down when she ran off with them to pursue some other task.
As construction progressed she'd squeal with pink glee: "Oooooo
Daddy, it's JUST LIKE HOMETIME". Hometime indeed. I'd love to see Dean, Bucky and the crew in pink princess gear. Miriam perhaps...
My Little Helper (Princess) and the First Base Cabinet
The second mates to his (or her) neighbor, although built out from the wall an additional
six inches (standard base depth is 24 inches, which is too small for a
desk; 30's the recommended depth for leg room). That chunk 'o
wood sticking up is a shelf I used to get the spacing correct.
Later, I'll add a dark wood finish panel.
right-most cabinet is a stand alone. The space between is where
we'll sit once the top is installed. The key feature for this guy
is that he be flush with the upper cabinet.
structure below provides sufficient spacing for a normal sized human to
sit and is strong enough to anchor the cabinet to something solid.
For additoinal security, each cabinet is also screwed to the
Base Cabinet Structure
panels on the left and right side of the leg cavity. Careful
examination will spot a flaw (compare to the pics below).
Left Side End Panel
My assistant chose to hide (albeit not very well).
Right Side End Panel
are starting to come together. Much toil lies ahead.
Counter top, spacers, crown and valence molding, base molding on
the wall, lighting and finish panels on the upper right and bottom. (I would have been able to finish but managed to destroy my last $125 panel with some table saw sloppiness. Beats a finger.)
This is out of construction sequence, but too cute to pass up.