In the basement rec room there is a mirrored wall with a gas fireplace flanked by two teak built-in display/media units. They have a bit of a retro feel to them and they remind me of the teak hutch my parents had when I was growing up. I knew that this would be the perfect place to house our extensive dvd/blu-ray/cd collection. In the past we had kept them on a couple of old Ikea Billy bookcases, which was rather messy and boring to look at, but here we could maximize the space by installing pull-out drawers.
- 1 4’×8′ sheet of poplar -$39
- 3 1×3×8 for the sides -$5.00
- 1 2×4×8 for mounting into the shelves. – $2.90
- 5 pairs of 16″ Sliding drawer rails – $35
A couple of months ago I discovered the blogger and YouTube vlogger Ana White. She’s amazing! Her furniture designs are beautiful, and often they are drool-worthy knock-offs of expensive furniture from stores like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. Her secret is the Kreg Jig, which allows you to easily make really strong joints in wood furniture through pocket holes. I was dying to get my hands on one of these puppies! I saved up for the K4 Kreg Jig combo which has a body casing that allows you to clamp the unit to your worktable for better stability and I knew these drawers would be a fairly easy project for me to test it out!
Notes about using the Kreg Jig:
- Measure the thickness of the wood you are drilling. That tells you what setting for the jig and drill bit.
- The length of screw will be about 1/4″ less than the sum of both wood thicknesses. i.e. both pieces of wood were 3/4″ thick, so I used a 1-1/4″ screw.
- When making the pocket holes, make sure to drill into the bad side of the board. That’s the side that will be hidden from sight.
- For myself, I need to get a right angle clamp for future projects. I free-handed screwing in the joints today, and while I was pretty close each time, the first screw in each board always shifted a tiny bit.
Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually really fast and easy! I actually had fun! My husband even let me use the mitre saw for trimming a couple of the boards 😀 😀 😀
Oh, Kreg Jig, have I got plans for you!
Next post–staining and mounting.
Thanks for reading!