Saturday, late day—I suddenly found an opening to start framing up the outdoor china cabinet!
I still wasn’t solid on a design, so I decided to “figure it out as I go!” I DiD have general info to work from~how tall, how wide, a pitched “roof” (to shed rain and prevent a bird’s nest).
I thought I wanted to use the turned legs I pilfered from an old table, but y’know I like options! I riffled through my stock parts to see if there were any beTTer candidates–
the old farm table legs!
I switched up!
And built a quick base.
-There’s an outdoor outlet with protective box,
-I want to center the cabinet,
-I want it to be as big as possible for the most storage.
So I will only apply the 2 front legs and screw the cabinet to the house
(I would have done that for safety anyway).
Sometimes, when you’re on your own on a larger, heavy project–you have to shift to another way of building. ~Like laying it on the ground–face down.
And there’s another benefit to doing this when you’re building on the fly–
it allows you to look down over it like a “live drawing!”
- While it was laying face down, I also figured out how wide the face frame’s styles needed to be, and ripped them accordingly. ~They needed to overlap the sides of the cabinet.
- Here you can see some scrap pieces clamped on to get the right position of the front style before nailing.
- I also clamped a scrap board to ensure the right position from the bottom too. WaY better than “guessing!”
- *Please don’t look at the chaos in the background~just focus on the actual project, plEASE! Both styles are installed, and you can see the lower storage section, and the counter top. The styles are also cut for the top/roof.
With those critical steps completed, I moved the project to the deck, and could double check the height and angle of the top. AnD, it let me have a 1st rEAl visual of my project!
I lost yesterday to the flea market, which was inCREDible! So the cabinet is in the same condition. But as soon as I hit “publish,” and eat some lunch—I’ll get back to work!
See ya’ with mOre tomorrow!