Check it off the list, baby! For the first time in a long time, I actually got something finished around here– and it feels great.
Since my last update, I installed the cedar-lined access panel and the shelves in the upstairs linen closet, finishing that project. The access panel is held in place with six screws seated in grommets against the panel. For the limited occasions when I need to enter the crawlspace, I can just take out the shelves and unscrew the access panel. Simple, clean and relatively quick: to me, that’s a good solution.
The shelves I installed are 12-inch-wide edge-glued pine boards that I cut to length. To crosscut the boards, I used a technique I picked up from a home-improvement magazine recently. After marking the cut line, I used a speed square to guide the edge of my circular saw and make a nice straight cut. This technique could be adapted to even longer rip cuts or cross cuts by clamping a straight edge to the material to guide the circular saw. That trick is probably taught in the first day of a carpentry apprenticeship, but it sure struck me as a revelation. Your results may vary. Of course, I wouldn’t need this trick at all if I just had a good working table saw.
It took me longer to fix the closet than I figured it would when I tore it open to thaw those pipes this winter. Then again, what house project ever gets finished ahead of schedule? Now that it’s done, I’m very pleased with the result. The aromatic cedar lining looks and smells terrific, and I have provided a means to access the crawlspace; both are big improvements from the old closet. To top it off, this project didn’t cost much: I used some scrap plywood in a couple places, and spent about $150 on material and supplies, with the cedar accounting for most of that cost.