The cellar once had a light-well, however this was built over in the 1990s.
This was how the light-well looked when I first moved in last year.
After clearing out the the light-well it became just "an 'ole".
I could have just panelled over the 'ole, but I begrudged the loss of space. I could have just shelved it out and be done, but I wanted something a little more interesting and useful. So I designed a chest of drawers on sketchup. I based the design on a Gerstner tool chest, scaling it up somewhat to fit the 'ole. Getting a tight fit to the 'ole threw up some really odd dimensions. If I'd been making this free-standing I would have rounded up or down those awkward point three millimetres and such like.
I juggled the saw fence a little to the left of .5mm for anything under and a little to the right for anything over.
It's good enough for what I'm building.
Today I finished building the chest and shoved it in the 'ole.
Oh dear! Look at the state of that floor. Can we spot a trip hazard?
Don't worry most of that wiring isn't live... yet.
The act of actually shoving it in the wall was somewhat involved, I was a little hampered by the weight of the chest, my inability to get my arms right around it, and the extremely snug fit. Gripping the outside was a little difficult due to the chest being wrapped in plastic DPM. I'm pretty sure the 'ole is going to remain dry, but I wrapped it... just in-case. That's been the attitude with the rest of the cellar build, "Cover it in plastic, just in-case.". The plastic extends to the floor and if damp is discovered it can be whisked away by a guttering system and the sump-pump. But so far the walls remain dry and if they remained dry in the last year we've had, they should remain dry until Noah takes up boat building again.
Next I have to dust off the dovetail jig and make fourteen drawers.