08 February 2013

Item #87

The back guest bedroom has a pull-down telescoping ladder for access to our attic storage. Ours didn't come with a door to cover the hole in the ceiling, so I had to make my own. Wooden folding ladders are attached to the door and require complicated tension spring systems. Fortunately, we just needed a hinged door to stay out of the way when open and flush to the ceiling when closed. I built a frame with 1x3s using my pocket screw jig and stapled a piece of 1/4" plywood to the back side. I had to experiment with a couple of different catches to find a combination strong enough to hold the door up. I ended up with six magnetic catches. Four probably would have been sufficient, but I really don't want this thing to fall open accidentally. The "handle" is a PVC strap. I still need to finish the 1x2 trim, but that has to wait until the crown moulding is installed - it will end up very close and if I have to shave something off to make it fit, I'd rather take it from the hatch trim rather than the crown. For now, I'm just glad we don't have a huge hole in the ceiling in the bedroom (we have plenty more of those elsewhere, thankyouverymuch).


Kathleen said...

Your skills are impressive. Where are you on the antique vanity that you are going to put a sink into for the bathroom? I still haven't done mine.

Sarah said...

The vanity still hasn't been done. I want to do it in-place so I make all the holes in the right spots. That has to wait until I grout the floor, which has to wait until I finish laying the floor tile, which can't be done until I install the threshold, etc etc. It might be warm enough outside today for me to use the tile saw, which will help put that chain of events into motion.

Sarah said...

By the way, are you still blogging? I know you set your blog to private ages ago and have missed seeing your updates.

Kathleen said...

I never started blogging again. But, if I start a new one up, I'll let you know.

I love how one thing getting done depends on so many other things getting done. But, seriously, I'm going to want to see how you tackle that vanity.

Your house is looking fantastic.

All best,