Porch rehab

Project by robertpaul posted 04-22-2008 01:55 AM 3606 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jeeeezzzzzzz, how a simple request for some bookcases grew into a porch makeover!

Started of simple enough, a good friend asked if I could make some bookcases for the porch. Since the porch was glassed in and had a concrete floor, this did not seem like much of a challenge. The size is about 6 ½’ by 22 ½’, with about 27”up to the existing windowsill, so is not a large porch.

If I did the whole porch in bookcases, it would be a LOT and pretty boring to boot, so decided to put in some doors to close of stuff you might not want out., then the door side seemed like a nice size for a daybed, with storage beneath. Since this was by the doorway, it would also serve as a handy spot to set down packages.

Since the porch was small, I scaled the shelf’s back to about 10”, and added a 2 X 4 base beneath to function as a toe hole, and hide the height variations in the floor.. The top is brought to just underneath the existing windowsill and screwed from beneath into the sill. I wanted to make the top sturdy enough to hold a persons weight. (I could visualize people sitting her to talk.)

The spacing of the shelf’s and uprights, as well as the pattern on the small doors picked up the A & C design on the Front door. This design was also used on the panels on the daybed, except that one was cut in and the other applied to.

Basic constructio9n was ¾” maple plywood, painted white with poplar used for the trim. Fastening was biscuits and face frame screws.

As a footnote, my friend reports that the daybed is a preferred resting place for guests, and a favored place to read and converse.

-- "That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest." Henry David Thoreau

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posted 04-22-2008 02:02 AM

that my friend is a mighty fine piece of work ! looks like an engraved invitation to sit and relax ! well done

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posted 04-22-2008 04:16 AM

Can we say snowball. But it looks great. That just proves that not all snowball effect are a bad thing.

-- It's not a fixer upper. It’s a clean sheet of paper waiting for our imagination!

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posted 04-22-2008 07:02 PM

Very nice work Paul. What a great addition to the room. More storage, room for relaxing, and a new look to the room.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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posted 04-23-2008 04:55 PM

And the Gnome thanks you very much. lol nice work I would love to have a bed on my porch.

-- Joey ~~ Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.wordpress.com/

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posted 04-23-2008 11:11 PM

I really like the design of this porch. You did a very nice job on everything.

-- Tim

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posted 04-24-2008 01:15 AM

Fantastic job. That porch just begs for someone to sit back and read a good book or lay down and take a nap. Enjoy the fruits of your labors

-- Are you ever going to finish that project? Yes Dear

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posted 04-24-2008 02:12 PM

Very nice! Is there storage under the daybed as well?

-- Dadoo!

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posted 04-24-2008 02:32 PM

Snowball is not a good term in New England. Many of us consider snow as a four letter word!

The daybed has a couple of hinged panels giving. Lots of room for pillows and guilts and other stuff.

-- "That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest." Henry David Thoreau

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posted 11-14-2016 03:10 PM

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