Apartment Projects #21: Have to Get in the Shop!

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 04-07-2014 05:29 PM 1773 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been a L-O-N-G and C-O-L-D Winter here in New Hampshire!!
Perhaps we didn’t break single day records, but it has been consistently cold since last October, which dealt a crippling blow to my enthusiasm for Woodworking…

The Temperature in the Basement Shop here hovered around 40° for most of that time, too cold for whatever determination I possess!
But the Calendar pages turn, and Good Old Sol continues to ride higher in the Sky, with inevitable results…

It is finally getting warm enough to begin to venture into the Wood Zone!
But there’s always something…
The door that leads to the Cellar stairs had Knobs that kept on coming loose and wouldn’t engage the door catch…
My Honey found herself trapped in the basement, unable to open the door to come up!!
That was the second time that happened and I resolved to make it right… After all, as much as I want to get some Shop Time in, I also want to be able to get back out of the Shop!

Yesterday, I removed the offending Doorknobs and inspected the Door… It is a typical hollow core affair, with nothing of any substance to fasten anything to, so a couple of spacer blocks were cut, set, glued, and clamped into place, above and below the hole in the void inside of the door…

Now with something to attach to, I could have proceeded to the Hardware store and bought some handles… But where would be the Fun in that?!
While the Glue was drying, I went down to the newly warming Shop, and cut a couple of quick Maple “Plates”,,,

And then a couple of quick Cherry handles …

To ease the outside edges, I used the old “Pencil on its Side” Trick to mark them and then gave them a quick trim with the Scroll Saw tilted to 45°…


This Morning, with the Glue dry, it was a pretty simple matter to first “Toe Peg” the plates into place, and then peg on the handles in the same fashion…

Lastly, I took a minute and cut a small “Cover” for the old lock set holes…

I’m going to do a little more shaping of the handles with a file (and of course some sanding and finish) but they are already in use and a Huge Improvement…
And I’ve got a Warm Shop again (that I can get out of too)!! :)
7 April 2014

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 05:45 PM

Why didn’t you just purchase an inexpensive latch set? Now you do not have positive latching?????

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 06:28 PM

Nicely done little project Mike. Good to hear that you will be back in the shop again.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 06:58 PM

good ole woodworking ingenuity….handles look good…question though, cant you leave the door open so the basement warms up to a useable temp…i know it would raise your heating bill, but several times during the winter might be better then nothing, but i’m sure your on top of all of that…i know im happy i don’t live in a cold weather area anymore, my back would not handle it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 07:10 PM

yankee doodle’s up the house again
and mighty dandy too !

looks like the snow is finally melting
way to go michael

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 07:20 PM

Mike, it got you shop time cant beat that
I just cut a pair of oak handles but I need to shape them
Your an inspiration
We have had so much rain this winter, webbed feet all round. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 07:45 PM

Welcome back to woodworking Mike. Basement door knobs such as yours fit the category.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 09:58 PM

Bogeyguy: Art, the door is one that fits the jamb really well, needing a slight push to shut… Once shut, it stays shut, so there was no real need for a positive latch…
I could have just tightened up the old knobs… again… but they would simply loosen up and I’d be back where I started… This way, it’s fixed for good and didn’t cost a nickel!
Stefang: Thanks Mike… This Winter I went to a meeting of my Woodworking Guild… A fella there asked me if I knew anybody interested in a very slightly used Scroll Saw…
It has spent most of the Winter in the basement too, and I’m looking forward to becoming a little more familiar with it!
Grizzman: Heat rises Bob, along with Heating Bills! I tried running a small Electric Heater down there a couple of times, but it was a losing effort…
Patron: The snow is all but gone, except for the plowed up piles, not a lot of green showing yet though… A few more in-the-fifties days like today will take care of that!
Jamie: It’s been a harsh run of Weather in a lot of Places my Friend… Thinking back, our Vacation at the beach last year was Cold and Windy… in early September!
Lenny: It’s good to be back in the Shop (even better to be able to get back out!). Our World Champion Sox are off to a Rocky Start, aren’t they… :-(

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 04-08-2014 12:57 AM

As usual, Mike, you have found the perfect solution to the problem. Excellent Idea!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 04-08-2014 05:38 PM

Mike, what fun following your adventures. A router table and a bearing bit is an easy way to round those over too. I have been frozen out of my shop for most of two months. Good to be able to work there with no gloves again.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 04-08-2014 08:23 PM

Thanks Lew!
And Thank You too Al! It’s funny you should say that about the router and bit, because I just purchased a whole big boxed set this Winter… When the time came to do it, it just seemed easier to go ahead with what I’ve done before, without the fuss of installing a bit in the table set-up and adjusting it…
A Router would surely be more precise (and would have been able to reach the inside of the handle too!), but this way it’s a quick line and off to cutting, both handles marked and cut in two or three minutes… And since I do the final shaping with Files it doesn’t have to be perfect (my stuff never is!)
I’m glad to hear you’re going to be able to get back in Your Shop again too!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 04-29-2014 11:43 AM

Nice door handles Mike. The snow definitely looks better when it’s melted…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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