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Sam23/12/2009 00:06:27
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Hi all  .  Just a brief one . I was asked to make a box to hide a meter . It is for my father inlaw who I just fitted a high gloss black kitchen for . Along with the kitchen it had 40mm solid oak worktops (bought)  and I had to make 32mm oak window boards  for 3 windows .
  So the theme is oak and black .
Any way . I was given no theme other than oak . SO now I could play and came up with a simple box and instead of having 2 doors I made one . The frame is 40 x 32 , which I cut out of some offcuts from the window board and profile up to allow it to sit over the frame and inside the opening as the picture shows  . I routered a 20mm rebare inside the frame so I could use some spare oak flooring for the infill panel as I dont have a thicknesser , yet .

Instead  of just gluing the T&G boards together to make one large oak panel I enlarged the upper side of the tongue . I did this for several reasons as I didnt want it to bow and warp as I was making it in a cold workshop and I didnt have time to let the glue set as was in a rush .  I was also playing with styles as I had never made a panel like this yet .Also means that the boards can float and when they do the gap will disguise any movement .

I then fitted it some hinges I had spare   from a kitchen I did last year from Homebase , as they appeared ideal for the job as the unit is up against the ceiling . 
   And after a little sanding here it is
   This was held together using a combination of biscuits and screws with plugs
Will download some pictures of it hung as I have to fit it tomorrow .
And then I have to make some floating oak shelves witht the offcuts from the worktop ....which will be fun !!
Olly Parry-Jones23/12/2009 09:11:51
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Nicely done, Sam. There's nothing wrong with the way you've created those panels - I don't think many people would've actually glued them to form one wide panel. You're right; they are free to move this way.
Oddjob23/12/2009 10:14:05
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An oak meter cupboard - that's one-upmanship for you
It looks very good.  My poor meters have to live in plastic boxes let into the house wall outside!
Gwilym6823/12/2009 11:22:28
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Looks a brilliant cover m8 your father-in-law should be well pleased. I like the idea of using the oak flooring and agree not to glue them.
steve h23/12/2009 13:28:10
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Now that is a posh meter cupboard - mines in 18mm pine and nothing as fancy!
Charlie Hill23/12/2009 22:13:57
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Lovely job Sam. Well done.
Sam23/12/2009 22:54:29
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Cheers all for the compliments . I just wanted to try a few methods out that i had read / seen . I was a little dubious about the routing as I only just had enough timber of the right sizes .

I fitted it today , BUT the walls are seriously out . All built on the P==S  . Over 2.2m  the wall leans nearly 50mm and the ceiling runs 10mm per 1000 . So had to mount it level . This means I am going to have to make up a cornice / pelmet arrangement to scribe and cover the "discrepancies " .  But will post as soon as complete .
And as for the gluing the panel , I just thought it would be standard as what is done on kitchen cuboard doors .   Glad I didnt now given your words of approval .
Now what do I do with over a hundred pairs of Euro Hinges I have collected in the past 5 years .
Kind regards Sam  
Delete24/12/2009 18:24:17
575 forum posts
Re the hinges
Build another kitchen for someone!!
Sam24/04/2010 23:37:06
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Hello all , as promised , the pictures of the unit finished , well except 2 plugs/dowels . Only thing was the ceiling being so far out I had to butcher the top piece of architrave .

The ceiling was about 10mm out along the length of the unit (1000mm) and the wall was 75mm out from top to bottom .
And then I had to fit the TV on the motorized   bracket so it can be watched from the right . Posh gits .
Thanks for looking . 
Kind regards Sam
Sparky25/04/2010 16:56:52
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Cracking job Sam, well done mate.

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