I have a wall that has a hole cut into it. The wall is drywall, and the
hold is framed with 2x4s. Its like a rough-in. You might see such a
setup for a fishtank window or something.
I am intending to use this for my stereo cabinet/closet. I don't know
how to finish this though. Are there glass doors that are sold with
frames and all, that I can drop into this hole? The hole is about 2.5'
x 4' I suppose.
Any other ideas on how I can turn this hole in the wall into something
that looks respectable. I had someone finishing my basement but he
bailed on me...
I'd call around to some commercial glass dealers. Some of them install
custom showcases, and you could end up with glass sliding doors that are
much nicer than the crap that comes with some ready-made audio furniture.
You know: Nice ball bearing slides - that sort of thing.
Glass is not that hard to work with. I had a contractor skip on me with
doors for my kitchen remodel.
The box stores sell a glass hinge kit and magnetic holders. All either set
screw or glue on.
http://www.usifaz.com/ The folks sell it for 50% less. Close to my home so
I have used them a lot for different projects.
Measure the opening and subtract ~1/4 inch. I use the "double thickness
glass" what ever that means at the borg stores.
Make sure your using a square to measure. If the doors are to big then a
belt sander and some patience will do the trick.
I measured the doors and forgot to all for the hinges. I sanded off the two
conflicting edges. Took time and a few fine grained belts.
OK, it looks like I mischaracterized the situation. Its more like a
closet than a hole in a wall. its in the corner of my basement and its
depth is about 2.5ft. I can walk into it sideways and do work in the
small tight space.
Its like this. There was water meter in corner of my basement. So
finisher decided to sort of box it in with a tiny closet of sorts.
Closet goes from floor to ceiling and is about 4ft wide, 2.5ft deep,
6-8ft tall. Small skinny door to the left, and large cutout to the
right. Both on the wide face. Cutout is about 2ft above the ground.
It was put in for my stereo but I don't know how to finish it off. The
cutout is rough in that its cut drywall butted around the rim by 2x4s.
I assume Ill put some wood surface over than and a frame or something
but Im not real sure how to finish it.
What you are describing was very common back in the 50s and 60s to 'build
in' the giant TVs and Hi-Fi radios of the era. Basically a bookcase
flush-mounted in the wall, that had an open or pegboard back. The back was
set into a coat closet or mechanical space for ventilation and access. What
you need is basically a 3/4" plywood box set into the rough opening, trimmed
out on the room side like the doors and windows are. Depending on depth of
the box, and the planned load, it may need stifflegs on the back to hold the
weight. Shelves can either be hard-mounted, or laid on pegs fit into holes
drilled in the plywood, or if you want to get fancy, rout out shallow
notches and put in the metal rails that hold shelf clips. Shelves would also
be 3/4 plywood with a pretty front edge applied. Stain or paint to suit your
taste and the quality of wood. These can look nice, or they can look like
crap, depending on quality of wood, workmanship, and finish. If you have or
can borrow a decent table saw and basic woodworking tools you can do it
yourself. If my explanation above does not make sense, check your local ad
paper for a semi-retired finish carpenter or custom cabinet shop. It will be
a trivial project for them, and probably won't even cost that much if the
wall and the opening are square and well built. I'd go with open front,
personally, but they can put whatever doors on the front that you want. They
can come take measurements, build it back at their shop, and bring it back
to slip it into the hole and secure it.
Note well- you never want to bury access to mechanical stuff. The meter you
refer to should never be hidden more than behind a door.
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