First off, the existing built-in are pretty crude and their spacing's uneven.
My starting dimensions are the space between the existing studs, I am not moving them...
I tried the tools I had in mind, and I can see how they would fit inside the space.
No, I am not telling you yet, which tools I have in mind. You will simply have to bite your nails until the final reveal... maybe :-)
I also want to add some low voltage LED lights, probably of the tape kind, so must make provision for the wiring involved. Why the LEDs? Because when I told her, she thought it was a great idea!
Well something like that, I don't remember her exact words :-)
When you read this post dear, just nod and say yes :-)
Well that and the fact that LEDs are energy efficient and produces little to no heat... Perfect thing to protect your artifacts :-)
In my cleaning, I came across this unused, leftover
set of LED Puck lights. So may as well used them!
Package is empty, already put the lights up...
I just thought it would look cool, so why not indulged, it is a part of my Man cave after all. And since it is both for display and to be able to use them,
I want some sort of removable or opening glass door on theses spaces.
Since then, I also came across an article about displaying older cameras. Years ago, when I was single, I was collecting cameras, I have a sizable collection. I gave and sold a few thru the years, but still have a "few" left :-)
So maybe I will put some in there too.
These poor guys have been stored in boxes for a long time, I would be nice to see them again. Much like my tools and why I currently stored my tools in custom tills, I want to be able to see them. That and it would be a good occasion to culled my collection, we are still downsizing you know...
Says the guy with the wife who started to collect sewing machines :-)
So lets figured out our size dimensions, available to play with...
Approx 27 in high X 14-1/2 in wide and 2-1/2 in deep (depth of studs)
Measured and drilled clearance holes for the wiring and connectors of the puck lights, then tried them.
Yes, that should work just fine.
Once I cleaned up these areas (3 of them), I prep them for paint with putty, then gave the areas a coat of white primer.
And then secured the puck lights in place.
I am happy with that result so far.
I still need to make some sort of trim to clean up the appearance and make new bottom shelves with some melamine stock I have. That is why I left the temporary shelves in place and did not paint them. The bottoms of these three spaces is uneven right now, that would be fixed also. I thought I should paint the background glossy white, but I kinda like the muted texture effects of the chipboard background, it gives it some texture.
I am still undecided if I want to make an enclosed display space (glass doors) but I know I could used a few shelves in there to maximize my storage potential.
These shelves would have to be glass (to transmit as much light as possible) and be adjustable since I plan on doing rotating exhibits in there :-)
NO, I'm not too worry about dust, this is a hand tool shop.
Now I got some ideas about some pictures and stuff I want to use as background decoration. This is going to be fun!
I currently have no glass shelves, so I am experimenting
with wooden boxes.
These shots are with no other lights on in the shop.
Recognized the tools?
And with the shop lites on...Also LEDs of course :-)
I am really excited about these preliminaries results. Who says you cannot decorate your shop? Since I spend lots of time down there, may as well make it a fun and inviting place to be. Earlier this year I remodel my small bathroom downstairs, adjacent to the shop and there is also a built in bar downstairs with a wall mounted small fridge, where I keep my beers cold :-)
That bar area is scheduled for an overhaul, once I finish moving the laundry room upstairs...
My newly redone bathroom besides my shop.
And in case you wondered, yes she had "inputs" in the design :-)
There is also a storage area.
I was going to keep the accent wood wall natural, but she wants me to paint it.
I'll get "round TUIT" sometimes...
I will have to show you the final results later, I am a tad busy with reunions and stuff... And in case you wondered, yes, the clothes bar is up ... in the right spot!
Bob, the Man cave remodeler feeling giddy :-)