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- 1/2″ ply
- Pocket hole kit
- Wood Glue
- Drawer Hinge (Buy on Amazon)
- Drawer Latches (Buy on Amazon)
- Gas Struts (Buy on Amazon)
- Strip Light (Buy on Amazon)
Everyone seems to build these out of plywood, but to me a 2×2 frame seemed way easier, especially given the strange curvatures (Vertically and horizontally) of the walls here. To start I cut 2x2s to the desired length and attached them with glue and screws to the studs in the ceiling and walls.
I then created 90-degree corners to create the frame and joined everything with pocket holes and wood glue.
Each corner piece required a different cut angle and length due to the curvature of the wall, something that was pretty manageable with 2x2s but would have been a nightmare to try and get perfect with plywood for me.
I then added a sheet of 1/2″ ply to the bottom.
The doors were made from one single 1×12 piece so that the grain flowed door to door. The stain I used ended up covering up most of the grain; so it’s difficult to see that detail in the end. The doors were then attached with the hinges and gas struts to keep them raised once opened. I had originally planned on using 2 struts per door (one on each side) But it was too much power so one ended up being perfect.
I also used a small hole saw to cut 1″ holes in each door so that you could open them with a finger.
Finally I closed the end of the overhead storage with a piece of 1/4″ ply leftover from the walls, and added the strip light below.