This project wasn't a labor of love as much as doing
something useful with the back wall of our living room.
The front wall had been improved
[?] a couple years ago with a simple entertainment cabinet . Now to
fix the opposite wall.
This end of the room held a woodstove we had never used -- and never
will, unless it's the middle of winter and power has gone out.
The house's former owners used the stove, why don't we, too? The
advantages (free wood from our many trees) just don't seem worth the
chance of a house fire.
The wood stove removed much of the usefulness of that back wall. The space on either side of the stove
had become a magnet for household debris begging for a home.
Here's what it looked like. (Talk about airing your dirty linen in
public.) Click on the pic to expand it, then the Back button to return
The rest of this website describes the construction of the bookcases
that will flank the woodstove.
If you're not a woodworker, you may want to skip the details and go
directly to the "after" photos.
It occurs to me that if you ARE a woodworker, you may want to skip
the details and go directly to the "after" photos.
next: materials needed
to: my woodworking home page