A bulkhead in a house is also known as a soffit, which is used to conceal duct work, electrical wiring or beams that are along a wall. If you have a box-shaped section at the top of a wall in the kitchen or in your basement, there is a bulkhead present. To build a new bulkhead from wood, you will require the proper measurements to construct the frame.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- 2-by-2 boards
- ½-inch plywood
- Circular saw
- Nail gun
Measure the distance between each wall to determine how long to build the bulkhead. Make a note of the measurement.
Measure out from the top of the wall the width you want the bulkhead, such as 14 to 16 inches. Make a mark on the ceiling, with a pencil, every 4 feet down the length of the wall.
Measure the ½-inch sheet of plywood to the length and height of the bulkhead. Cut the plywood to the required size with the table saw.
Measure a 2-by-2 board to the distance you measured in Step 1. Cut the board to this length by using the circular saw. Repeat this step for two more 2-by-2 boards.
Place the cut piece of plywood on top of the 2-by-2 boards. Secure the boards together by using the nail gun. This will be the runner assembly.
Set the runner assembly on the pencil marks on the ceiling. Drive nails through the top of the assembly and into the floor joists.
Place a level at the bottom of the runner so that it extends to the wall. Make a mark on the wall at the top of the level with a pencil. Repeat this every 4 feet along length of the runner assembly.
Set the second 2-by-2 board along the pencil marks that are on the wall. Secure the 2-by-2 board to the wall by driving a nail into the wall studs.
Measure the distance from the outside of the runner assembly to the wall. Measure and cut a piece of ½ -inch plywood to this measurement.
Place the plywood on the bottom of the runner assembly and the 2-by-2 that is on the wall. Secure the plywood with nails using the nail gun.
Tips and warnings
- If a 2-by-2 board for the runner assembly is not available, you can split a 2.by-4 down its length using the table saw.
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