Alcove cupboard and shelves

4 Feb 2011
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Hi There,

I'm in the middle of renovating our 1930's semi and i follow this forum regularly for tips which are really handy.

I've gained quite a bit of experience with decorating and finishing but am a woodworking novice. I've just finished decorating our lounge and would like to put in a low level cupboard and shelves in the alcove next to our fireplace (circa 1m wide, 40cm's deep)

I know there are lots of posts on this topic but they are quite dated and links / photos don't work.

can anyone point me in the direction of a good website with directions - or indeed offer any advice on materials, finish etc. I'm concerned that the walls are un even so i can't just lump a frame and shelf in there, how do you get an accurate fit?

I can get access to most tools as my father in law likes collecting power tools but never using them!

thanks in advance
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Keep it simple, you could just fit a base shelf with plinth and a top and then hang ready made doors [ikea, diy sheds etc] or make your own doors. Mdf is easy to use and can be routed for a fancy finish.If you go with ready made doors then you need to purchase to ensure you have the right dimensions. This is an alcove fitted with a mdf frame and Ikea wardrobe doors, you need to find something shorter.
You are asking too general questions. If you want to learn about woodworking, carpentry, cabinetmaking - your best bet is to go to a good bookshop and look what they have on the shelves. Then buy it cheaper from Amazon :D

In many cases though you just need to use common sense and to think the things trough. I had no experience with build-in furniture before but here is a picture of my bathroom cabinets in progress.

For you project you can buy doors (or make them yourself) and make a frame. If the walls are uneven, you can pack your frame, so it is straight. Or you can buy a cabinet of a suitable size and box it in the alcove. Like this (it is the built-in wardrobe we put in the bedroom, note the walls are not even at all)

I can upload another picture with the doors in place tomorrow.

If you have an idea what exactly you want to do, better describe it here and ask more specific questions.
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Thanks for the tips. I have the general principals for shelving and I think I will scout around Ikea for any pre-made doors


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