The Domer - The Secret Trap Door

Well, I do not want to break my ankle between the Column and the Deck. So, we have to make a Secret Trap Door to fill that void.

Was a bit more than I bargained for - as usual. I really wish these projects would --always-- be --square--.

 

My highly detailed and elaborate plans for the Secret Trap Door.

 

The materials all cut and ready.

 

Placing the treated ply under one side.

 

I placed the boards against the fence which would ensure their accuracy.

 

Boards centered between the 25 3/4" width/height and ready for some prep.

I placed a 1" thick board against the edge, flush, and then measured one inch from the gap between the boards.

 

Using a sheetrock square made the task much easier.

 

Countersink the holes and ready for screws.

 

One side finished.

 

After both sides were well along, I took the unit to the Domer and made marks to where the Column really was. That would be the rightmost, smaller mark here. Then I backed off a quarter inch, and drew the line in the upper right corner of the image. I will use this for any dado blade work to plough out the material.

 

I unscrewed both boards for the dado edge.

 

3/4" wide of pure fury.

 

One done.

 

Two done.

 

All the pieces tacked down ready for the router to round the edges.

 

The instruments of torture.

 

And, will it work?

 

Yep. 1/4" all the way around and the cockeyed measurements worked okay too.

 

In Place.

Btw, WolfCraft makes a unique countersink and bit. Drills a tapered hole and works really well. All hardware stores handle them. Not necessarily the Lowes - Home Depots etc, but Ace Hardwares do.

(To be continued)