Apartment Projects #19: Fixing a Hole - Part #2...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 07-28-2013 02:09 PM 1277 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had enough time yesterday morning, before we went out, to make a simple door for this fix…
Growing up in my Parent’s house, they had a similar situation to this for the Attic access. What the builders of their house had done, was used left-over Beadboard from the wainscot work on the first floor, to make a quick Z-braced door that just slipped into the opening…
While I don’t have any Beadboard on hand (nor the router cutters to replicate it) I still wanted to at least try to reproduce the look…
I began by cutting up a length of Poplar into strips…Poplar marked and beginning to cut...Poplar strips...

After they were run through the planer, to get them all uniform, I cut them to length and used the jointer to chamfer the edges of what will be the exposed side…Chamfering the cut-to-length strips...

Then, a straightedge was squared to the backstop on the bench and assembly began…Squaring a block to the bench back-stop...Beginning the assembly...

Using spacer blocks, holes were marked, pre-drilled, and counter sunk for screws to attach the cross braces… Since the Scroll Saw was used to cut these to length, I saw no reason not to round them a little while I was at it… The radius was marked by the nearest thing to hand…Pre drilling and counter-sinking the braces...Marking to round the cross members...

I find it easiest to just mark the diagonal in place… It doesn’t have to be that precise, because a little swing in it will get it perfect… Marking the diagonal...After the cut...

The diagonal was screwed on in the same fashion as the cross braces, and I got to take a look… The finished Door...

I’m liking it, but it was still about an 1/8” too wide to fit in the opening… Happily, this door is so small, that it could be passed over the jointer a couple of times to trim it down to size…In Place...

And there you have it, all ready for paint and Polyurethane…

But Wait!! Not so Fast!!

As happens so often, one thing leads to another… The ladder I’ve been using for this little project is going to be needed for the painting as well, but the fold-out shelf is in really bad shape! The shelf of the ladder needs an upgrade.,,

That won’t do!
Fortunately, I had some left-over strips of Poplar from the door-making… and I just got some practice attaching them… :)A new deck for an old ladder...A new deck...
28 July 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 07-28-2013 02:17 PM

I just went back and read the first part of this. What a nice job you did here, Mike! I love your blogs because they really hit home with so many people. Another great job on this. You keep it simple and functional, but it still looks really nice when you are done. Awesome! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 07-28-2013 02:23 PM

Great solution for the bead board, Mike. It looks super!!

And you are so right, one job always leads to at least one more!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 07-28-2013 02:59 PM

Well done, Mike. Very professional.

ps I didn’t use the ‘B’ word either, this time

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 07-28-2013 03:44 PM

Nice work on the never ending home repair circuit Mike a upgrade in appearance show in your skill level.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 07-28-2013 04:01 PM

Very nice work on that door. It has class with the slats like that!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 07-28-2013 04:15 PM

Thanks Folks!
I was down putting on the first coat of paint…The first coat of paint...

For the door itself, I considered a stain but decided against it… Instead, it’s just going to get a few coats of poly… Nice and easy!First coat of poly...

I’ll never be confused with a finish carpenter, but it looks a good deal better than it did (a sheet of plastic held up by tape)
Thanks again my Friends… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 07-28-2013 06:38 PM

Great result Mike on the door and the ladder. Ya gotta love that DIY work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 07-28-2013 08:58 PM

you are becoming a real colonial woodworker
prety soon you will be felling your own trees
and making lumber with a timber saw by hand

just a safety thought for those chamfered corners

if you left the fence square
and had a drop on piece of fence
that was at the 45* angle
(wide at the top and thinner at the bottom
it needn’t come to a sharp point there
just the angle is important)
you could do your chamfers to an inside corner
instead of having the boards want to slide down the fence
and across the table
or make a square corner out of two pieces of long enough scrap wood
and tilt the fence as you have been doing
and clamp the new fence to the tilted metal one
giving you an inside corner to hold the boards secure and safe

glad you found the ocean
maybe everyone was hitting the road
to get that last drive in
before motor home mating season comes to an end

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 07-29-2013 12:38 AM

Looks like original equipment to me! Good job.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 07-29-2013 12:45 AM

That sounds like a much safer way to do it David
I was leery of trimming those thin strips like that
and very careful when I did them
(They were slip-sliding a little…)
Your way makes more sense!
Thanks for yet another tip!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 07-29-2013 12:59 AM

Mike, good job, but don’t forget to finish spackling/taping the ceiling around your new door.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#12 posted 07-29-2013 03:22 PM

Yes Mike, looks a lot better. Real classy. Of course if it was duct tape they used before, remember that’s the universal fix.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 07-29-2013 03:30 PM

wow.. busy busy there ! nice work (as usual)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 07-30-2013 11:10 AM

Looks good to me. Nice fix

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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