The view from our “front” door Post 4: I’m no expert

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Progress Posts

Advice from blog books: Be an expert in your niche.

I gotta tell you, I’m no expert.  Not with power tools anyway.  I’m a beginner.  My compressor is still in the box.  My cordless drill still looks pretty.  I have no idea what the experts do.  But I think the benefit of my blog may be because I am not an expert.  A lot of times when you are an expert, you forget what it feels like to be a beginner.  You assume knowledge that the beginner may not possess.  Nope, I’m not an expert.

So bear with me on this laundry room journey.  This may end up being a long series.  I plan to learn a lot on the way and I hope it may be of some benefit to you as well!

I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about the laundry room.  I’ve got to actually purchase the wood and get started, but I’m nervous because I’ve still got questions about how it is all going to come together.  How am I going to make the back look good–I can’t tack it on because that will be visible.  How am I going to make those vertical panels on the back like the Pottery Barn picture (which is actually their wall since their version is open backed).  Making those panels will make the back thicker, which compounds the problems of making the back look good…and on and on it went in my head.

The doors have got me stumped too.  Ana White builds her doors by layering wood on top of wood.  That means I have to take 3/8″ wood for the door back and layer on 3/8″ wood for the rails and stiles to equal 3/4″, which is the thickness of the opening for the doors.  Sandra on the other hand, uses a router and dado cuts.  I want to use a router.

I have no idea how to use a router.

Woodcraft to the rescue!  We have a Woodcraft store somewhat nearby that offers a router basics class!  I called this morning.  All classes are filled with a waiting list of at least 5 all the way through May.  I am now on the waiting list, but unless a nasty cold takes out at least 1 class member and the 15 people ahead of me on the list, I’m right back to square one.

SOOOO, I’m ignoring the doors right now.  Here’s the cut list for my storage unit:

Here’s my sketch of the whole unit:

Notice on the first cut sheet that the shelves and hutch bottom are cut 1/2″ less wide than the hutch sides?  That’s my attempt at hiding the back panel of the hutch, which if it works out correctly will be 1/2″ thick with 1/4″ plywood and 1/4 pine hobby boards glued together to make the panel with the look I like.  I’ve got to check out what they have at Home Depot to see if this is going to work.

Which is where I am headed off to now.  Wish me luck…