I've been so busy making things for my garage work area that it was something of a necessity that I make something for one of my wife's craftwork areas. My wife has a love of sewing, scrapbooking, and semi-precious jewelry making. Unfortunately, her work area has become too cramped and cluttered to do much of anything.
Her work area has been entirely makeshift for the past several months. This is evidenced by the odd collection of folding tables, a haberdasher's cabinet, a plastic bin drawer, carboard boxes, and a misfit end table.
As can be seen here, this situation really isn't very workable. It's time the missus had a crafting area she can really work with.
So I've drawn up some diagrams for a wraparound work area with a built-in cabinet. This layout will give her nearly 30 square feet of workspace, 24 square feet of storage, and 16 square feet in which she can move about.
I'm also going to build a two-part wall-mounted shelf that should give her easy access to the supplies she uses. Each unit will follow this design with the option of adding a lift door to the front later on.
After the wife and I emptied out the craft area of all her stuff, I got to work and cut up a number of 2"x2" pine boards in accordance with the design I drew up.
First I mounted the back support brace, making sure it was perfectly level. This wood brace is secured to the in-wall studs using 2½" screws.
Then I attached the perpendicular brace on the left adjacent wall, again using 2½" screws to secure the brace to the in-wall studs. The level is used again to assure that the second brace is also parallel to the floor.
Finally I secured the wood brace to the right wall and called it a day. I'll pick up with this again in the morning and am hopeful I'll make a lot of headway then.