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Old 04-28-2020, 02:18 PM   #21
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The only problem with the door going into the room is you lose space!


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Old 04-28-2020, 03:19 PM   #22
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Leo at least I didn’t post the video!
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Leo, you must be making millions on the youtube revenue, right?
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Ok fellas...getting started on this project tomorrow. I've been doing some research and some ganja inspired brainstorming and I think I'm going to take a sliding approach to this opening.

I'm going to more or less turn two sliding barn door tracks 90 degrees, and hang the shelving unit from them. The tracks are going to be mounted parallel to eachother, crossing from the opening to the back of the closet area and secured firmly to the block wall there. The span is just about 3 feet, so I'm not worried about the two tracks carrying the weight, especially since I plan to add casters to the bottom of the shelving unit, hidden behind a piece of base trim or the face frame.

My last problem to solve ahead of time is how to get the secret latch cable attached to a bottle of Maker's Mark that is (or at least appears to be) full of fine Kentucky bourbon. Thinking of epoxying a little ring to the back of the bottle....anyway, I'll figure it out.

The goal is that eventually, you pull on the neck of the bottle to release the gate latch on the backside, and the shelf more or less effortlessly slides backwards into the closet.

The tracks and hangers will take up a few inches of the vertical space of the doorway, but I'll hide that behind trim, or build a false header to hide them.

I'm looking forward to getting at this tomorrow. I'll post pics as we go and comment on the inevitable phuck-ups so future nail benders can learn from the experience.
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Old 05-18-2020, 03:36 PM   #27
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Got a bit of work done on this today.

Framed out and hung the barn door tracks that are going to carry the weight of the shelves to the back wall.

Also started roughing together the shelves. They'll get a very fine oak or select pine face frame tomorrow, then all sanded, primed, and painted.

Then I plan to bolt the hangers to the inside of the top shelf, and hide it all behind trim or a false shelf front. I'll figure that out as I go tomorrow.
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Got the shelves mostly finished. Went to do a dry fit and found they were just under a quarter inch too wide. Swapped the 3/4" right side door jamb with a strip we ripped out of a half inch plywood scrap. Made it better, but too tight still for easy sliding. Going to put quarter inch in tomorrow then hang the shelves. Also had to raise the door tracks up an inch or so. So I'll have to adjust the ledger board or add more blocking tomorrow.


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What's up with the trim at the top of the doorway?
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What's up with the trim at the top of the doorway?
Gonna be building the door jamb down with a false front to hide the ends of the barn door tracks and the hangers, then patching the drywall over the false front. So the top trim is not on yet until we hang the shelves and determine the exact height the top of the shelves will be, because the casing is going to hide the top of the shelves and make it look built in.

The side casing pieces are just on temporarily, they'll probably have to be pulled ans cut shorter or run through the board stretcher one way or another.
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The Tectus hinges look pretty pricey
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Wasted over three hours trying to get this shelf to hang from one roller on each side, balanced perfectly in the middle to get the shelf to close level and flush with the door stop.

Finally realized that the smart thing to do, for many reasons, was have two hangers on each side. I have no idea why I had a mental block for that idea all morning. But the shelves now open and close with a very gentle push, and hang flush to the trim when closed. Got some more work to do on this tomorrow to make it truly invisible, but the huge mental hurdle for me of not knowing if this would even work has been jumped. Easy going from here.
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Put the false panel on the top shelf front to hide the hangars. It's going to get a wood burned sign with the nickname we've given the bar down here, mounted to that panel, so it looks purposeful.

Startes poorly patching in the drywall above it. Slapped some of the trim up. Looking sharp. Caulked all the necessary seams, will get some paint on it all next week when we're due for some rainy weather.
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I’ve done several hidden doors and most interior projectsI always give the customer a little something extra they never expected so they can hide their valuables if they want.

Always tricky but very satisfying when you’re finished nice job.
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Thatís an interesting way to mount the door-I like it .

Canít wait to see the Makers Mark door opener


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Very cool looking project!

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Headed over there today or Saturday to sand the patch and touch up the paint, then I'll post pics or a vid. It ended up looking pretty awesome

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