With my tool cabinet completed, my next project has been; to build the paneled wall to the right of the cabinet. The tool cabinet and the paneled wall are step two in a long-term project to hide all the stuff (junk, furnace, water heater) that has traditionally been a part of the photos of the items I make. Part three of this project will be to get rid of the rickety handrail which is void of any spindles. In its place will be a better handrail system to include spindles making the stairs more safe and better looking.
Building the new paneled wall involves mostly trim carpentry work and I had to come up with a way to make this small section of wall removable. We keep our luggage in this area and there are more items stored on the opposite side, so being able to easily get them the few times we travel means a removable wall.
The most challenging part of this process will be getting accurate angled cuts. But, after thinking on what I needed to do, I came up with a couple of simple solutions…
Above, I am cutting an angle on the center stile which divides the two panels. I can make very subtle adjustments to zero in on the right angle and then make a simple square cut on the opposite end.
Note in the photo above I have added the base board, base cap and cut the removable panel to size.
Above, I am laying down some Benjamin Moore Regal Select “Liberty Park” which Regal Select is my favorite paint; does not need any primer. I had to take the small quarter round off and attach it again. The blue tape is holding a slender filler strip in place.
The last thing to do: add cherry trim to the opening for the tool cabinet. Otherwise the option would have been a painted plywood edge which would have been a disappointment. With the trim in place, the second step in this project completed.
The small paneled wall is held in place with three screws which have green painted screw heads. The knobs were added to give me something to hold onto while the wall comes off and goes back on. Right now, the fit is a little tight. I may trim the right side a little. But for now this little project is finished.
And, to give you an idea of what an improvement this whole project is, take a look at this old photo…
I had to laugh when I came across this old pic. This image is from a blog post dated September 2, 2013. That post announced the beginning of the wall surround to the left of the cabinet. Of course, the idea of this project was hatched several months before that. A long-term project which is now closing in on being totally finished. But, just like with the first two phases of the wall/cabinet, I am in no hurry to finish the work on the stairs.
Next, I’ll turn my attention to the prototype Scott Meek Wave Grip Jointer Plane Kit which has been in my workshop since this past summer.
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