So, this is really useful when you have a screw in a stud which is 30″ inches inside of a wall pocket and you need to get it out so your pocket door glides correctly and can’t reach it otherwise.
Yeah, yeah, more doors. Three pocket doors: pantry, laundry and closet. Mostly made from reclaimed cedar that was sitting in our front yard getting rained on all day. I made three doors in the span of two weeks. Not bad.
Now we’re cooking with grease!
Maybe if I plane it down, I can find some use for it. And perhaps if I rout out some tongue and groove along its edges it might join together a bit better.
I spent about two days planing all that cedar. It’s all nice and smooth and milled down to a uniform thickness, but some of those old board were in really bad shape. It’s knotty, twisted, and has big fissures splitting the wood in two. I can probably only use 2/3 of it if I’m lucky.
Still, there must be something I can use it for.
I have hundreds of board feet of reclaimed cedar leftover from siding the house. What to do with it? It’s been rained on, spiders have laid eggs on it, it’s moldy in places, twisted in others, split here and there, contains numerous nail holes, and nails, and screws, and cuts and gouges and scrapes, and it’s been soaked in linseed oil so it doesn’t even make good firewood.
But surely, there must be some use for it.
A success! This is a big closet, it holds all our stuff and can still sleep at least three Harry Potters.
Not much of a closet without them.
Closets nowadays can get really ostentatious. People put high end, expensive cabinetry in their closets, to safeguard and categorize their high end apparel and accoutrements. Ours is going to be pretty simple. A place to hang clothes, shelves for jeans and sweats … yeah, that’s pretty much it.
The original house had about as much closet space as a small fishing boat. There’s a tiny rectangle in the original bedroom, a small spot under the loft stairs, and a spot up in the loft that makes phone booths look spacious and that’s after I enlarged it. For the addition, we added a bedroom and a walk-in closet. A nice, big, high ceiling walk-in closet.
Here’s a before picture: