Ava’s Closet – 3

This weekend was spent on finishing two more cabinets for the closet. There are 14 pieces to each of the two cabinets and since there are so many sections, Sandra suggested I prime and paint all the parts before installing it in the closet. All of the pieces have taken over the garage.  Can you guess what the pieces in the following picture will end up being?


building custom closet wardrobes


In addition to the cabinet parts laid out above, I managed to get some of the face frames done on the already assembled cabinets installed in the closet. The framing really helps to give the boxes a finished look.


building custom closet wardrobes


I was hoping to get all of the framing done, but I had to stop when I realized the 1 x 4 pieces of poplar that were on my list to purchase were actually only 1 x 3-1/2”. So I called Sandra and she gave me a quick explanation on how wood is actually sized. I found a a handy little chart  I now keep posted nearby and thought it might be useful to others who are not familiar with wood sizing.


building custom closet wardrobes

Wood sizing chart - http://thesawdustdiaries.com


Who knew?  It turns out my 1″ x 3 1/2″ boards WERE actually the right thing after all and I don’t have to go buy anything different, so off I go to get them installed!   Woo hoo — it’s starting to look like a closet!


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6 thoughts on “Ava’s Closet – 3

  1. MarieRoxanne says:

    I really don’t understand why it’s not the same measurement number… if I measure from wall to wall and it’s 5 feet EXACTLY, then they better measure 5 feet not 4-3/4… because I will definitely get upset!
    When I start building, I better make sure MY measurements correspond with the wood size measurements.
    Thank you for the chart!

  2. Renee says:

    MarieRoxanne, it’s because they ARE cut to the correct measurements at the mill, but they dry out and shrink. After they shrink, they’re planed/sanded to consistent sizes

  3. This is probably the project that has my greatest interest right now since my master closet is completely unfinished but I have big plans. Plans that kinda look like yours. You are doing a great job and I know I will learn a lot from your work that I can incorporate into my work! Keep at it – you will be so thrilled with the results when you are done!

  4. Also, for MarieRoxanne, the length of the board is totally up to you – if you need 5′, you will get 5′. It is just the thickness and width of the boards that are “off”, not the length. An 8′ piece of wood is usually just a tad over 8′.

  5. Fawn Teresi says:

    I am in the same boat as Chantelle…. I cannot wait to see the finished project on this because I want to redo my closet! 🙂 Looks great so far!

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