How to Build a Hobby Center Part 2 of 2

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If you or someone in your family enjoys a hobby or activity, whether it’s computing, scrapbooking, drawing or anything else that involves pleasant time seated and engaged in your avocation, you deserve to have a special place set aside for that activity.

 

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Overview

If you or someone in your family enjoys a hobby or activity, whether it’s computing, scrapbooking, drawing or anything else that involves pleasant time seated and engaged in your avocation, you deserve to have a special place set aside for that activity. And here, it is important to note, “set aside” does not mean “spread out on the kitchen table between family meals.” A dedicated spot with loads of storage, a pleasing appearance and an efficient footprint can all be obtained with this corner hobby center provides the things you need to spend time on your activity, not managing it.
In this corner hobby center, upper and lower cabinets are combined to deliver excellent and attractive storage options. At the same time, some on-site carpentry creates a stable frame for a spacious but not overpowering L-shaped desk. The laminate desktop configuration provides not just room to spread out a project or stage supplies left and right, but also provides three access points (center, left, and right) for you to either move around a large project or for others to pull up a chair and help or just watch.

Cutting List
Part
No.
Desc.
Size
Material

A
2
Base cabinets
24 x 34 1⁄2"


B
2
Upper cabinets
18 x 30"


C
1
Corner cabinet
24 x 30"


D
2
Wall cleat
1 1⁄2 x 2 1⁄2 x 40"
2 x 3

E
1
Diagonal cleat
1 1⁄2 x 2 1⁄2 x 59"
2 x 3

From: Complete Guide to Custom Shelves & Built-Ins, 978-1-58923-303-4

What You'll Need

Tools:

Pencil
Tape measure
Level or laser level
Drill/driver
Miter saw

Materials:

(2) Base cabinets
(2) Upper cabinets
(1) Corner cabinet
(2) 8 ft. 2 x 3
(1) Countertop
Drywall or deck screws
Finish nails
Finishing materials

 

Step 1

Attach Desktop Ledger - Step 1

Because the desktop is only supported by cabinets on the outside edges, you must build a 3-piece ledger system that supports the desktop both along the wall and under the front edge of the desktop. 2 x 3s work well for this. Cut and install ledger pieces along the wall, fastening with two 3" screws into the wall studs.


Step 2

Attach Desktop Ledger - Step 2

Measure and cut the first piece to fit between the wall and the inside edge of a base cabinet. A piece just shy of 42" should fit. Cut and install the second piece. A piece just shy of 40 1/2" should fit.
Cut a 2 x 3 to 59" (long-to-long) with opposing miters.


Step 3

Attach Desktop Ledger - Step 3

Pre-drill and pre-set screws in the mitered ends of the diagonal brace then install.


Step 4

Install the Desktop - Step 1

Have a custom desktop made to fit from particleboard and laminate, or any other suitable materials. Get a helper and place the desktop on top of the base cabinet/ledger system.


Step 5

Install the Desktop - Step 2

Fine tune the desktop placement onto the layout marks and fasten from beneath. Fasten from inside the base cabinets as well as through the ledger system’s diagonal brace. Fastening through the diagonal brace requires pre-drilling and installing screws on an angle. Be careful not to puncture the top surface of the laminate.


Step 6

Apply Your Finish

The finish details are relatively minimal on this project, since it is made out of prefinished cabinets and a pre-built desktop. You can caulk between the cabinet edges and the wall as necessary, or wrap the base cabinet bottoms with base molding as necessary (you can skip this if the floor is carpet) and prime and paint the ledger system boards the same as the wall color. One great addition is to install an undercabinet light beneath the upper cabinets to provide focused task lighting.


 
 

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