|Project by RGtools||posted 05-15-2013 03:10 AM||2406 views||0 times favorited||22 comments|
My wife pointed out yet another last minute issue before our first booking of the year. The closet in one of our guest rooms kept coming off of the track. After a few minutes of futzing around it was pretty easy to determine that a VERY bad installation job on the piece of thin aluminum track was the problem. The whole thing was bowed so far in that is was causing the wheels to rub and pull off the track.
I kept looking at the grooves, and thinking “I know I could do that with my beading plane”, my wife was worried it would be an involved project, like everything else has been for the past two weeks. I decided that if I could not get it done in an hour, I would hang my head in shame and just buy the part when I was in town…
Total project time 1 hour 10 minutes (and 15 minutes of that was getting to that decent piece of oak I knew was at the bottom of the pile).
Tools used, in order of appearance:
Dividers (about 3)
2 foot folding rule.
Hatchet (great for dealing with the “L” that sometimes shows up in material I get a piece out of but don’t full crosscut) one swing only.
Thickness planer (Deduct galoot points)
Stanley 50 Molding plane and a 1/4 bead cutter
Block plane (to round over the corners)
Shoulder Plane (to clean up tearout on the sides of the grooves since I kinda sorta forgot to install the knickers in the 50)
Hand-drill for Pilot hole
Hand-drill for Countersink
Dead blow mallet for last minute adjustment.
Hand-drill to drive the screws in and lower my wife’s blood pressure by several notches.
It works well enough that I have been asked to fix all the other closets in the house.
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan