I started a project back to about last December when I started picking up materials, as I wanted to get a bookcase/desk built to the north wall of my small collection room. I wanted it to act as a small home office space so I can work from home easier... I have the ability to sit and watch the TV in the other room, work from the one side of the "desk" part, and then bookshelves for storage on the rest.
THe project isn't done, just the first phase. The second phase will be shelving that goes above the desk portion up the wall to the ceiling. I am then hoping I can get MOST of my Hasbro collection (at least the figures) onto the said shelves... It's a space saver, more or less.
Phase 3 is a shelving unit set into an interior wall between studs that will be my loose vintage Kenner collection shelves, which was actually started because I had a damaged wall and figured it was a neat way to make it... It's turned into basically a chore though, but that's another project all together.
Anyway, the "Phase 1" part of my desk is done, and I'm trying to share some photos here just of its progress. I think I might've been into woodworking in another life, I enjoy it a lot, but I'm incredibly slow, so I only finished this at the beginning of August about. A long time, but it was a challenge due to working in 130-ish year old house, and so forth.
Here's some progress images as they came about:
I started out by studding the basic shape of the entire case. It's sturdy and mounted to studs on the interior and exterior of the house. It's strong enough to hold me standing on it, and I'm 5'10" and about 210, so I think that's pretty structurally sound.
And yes that's the Clone plush helmet candy basket from Halloween last year at Target. My girlfriend picked it up for me. It's cute, I couldn't help but like it for some reason. I like weird stuff like that, as far as my collecting habits go.
This is the desk portion. I've started some "walling in" of the studs, and the desk top itself is installed.
If you see a lot of junk, basically the room's small so I'm trying to maximize space, and I'm also working around in the room most of my collection just gets dumped into, or is half-displayed in. Also it's my computer room, so it's sadly been a cluster-f while I've done this work, as I had to use my PC the whole time around all the mess, and likewise I had to work on the desk with all the mess around me like my PC and things (I think I took my PC apart 100 times for different things).
This is the insert shelf for the bookshelf itself. It's removable, as is a cover over the cold-air register vents. I'm still working on a separate smaller removable shelf that will be for bound comic stories as I finish them off and want to keep them kind of for reference stuff.
OK, I'll edit in some more here as I get through uploading photos.
This is the desk portion with the keyboard tray attached... I have the face-boards temporarily attached for fitting purposes, as this was a lot of "cut and fit" due to the age of the house. Short of gutting this place, a lot of things aren't 100% square.
Bob Villa, eat your heart out.
Staining has begun... I chose Red Mahogany from Minwax, with a semi-gloss finish. The photo makes it look darker than it is, but it isn't a light stain. The wood's a base "white wood". Nothing special there, it was what was cheap. Takes a lot of sanding to get it nice, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper, and it stained nicely.
It's coming along... Luke says hi there, I guess.
The insert shelf and bookshelf interior is done. Things are shaping up.
And here's some "finished" photos. Bear in mind that my camera seems to really wash the color out. It makes it look uneven to me in the photos, but in person it's quite nice how the stain turned out. I thought it might be too dark, but ultimately it surprised me... I'll have to dust a hell of a lot though, haha. Shows it a lot. We all know collectors love dusting too, eh?
The next phase should begin here soon as I'm taking measurements and getting ready for doing the upper shelves. I'm not positive how I am going to do those. I was toying with "posts" as the legs of upper shelving, instead of doing just planks to form it. I'm not sure.
While the desk itself is anchored to the wall, the upper shelves will all be removable (anchored, but easily taken down) for painting reasons. They'll give me a lot of space though for display purposes. I'm anxious to get started, but have other stuff at my gf's place I have to get done before winter.