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Posted: 10/21/21 07:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never total in the cost of tools on a project as they will long outlive the project. Doing so one might also total in the cost of all, shop overhead and equipment as well as related expenses such as travel etc. that are involved in the project.

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Posted: 10/21/21 07:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PastorCharlie wrote:

I never total in the cost of tools on a project as they will long outlive the project. Doing so one might also total in the cost of all, shop overhead and equipment as well as related expenses such as travel etc. that are involved in the project.




I wouldn't include any major ones, but I included these, just to give people a feel for what a set of shop made sawhorses cost me, vs buying a set in the store.

My big complaint with them is the height. I don't like bending over to work on stuff.

The router bit, I broke, so I figure that is in a different category.


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Posted: 10/21/21 07:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sometimes the best laid plans ..... yea, they don't always work out.

Company showed up yesterday and completely ruined my plans for working.

However, I was back today.

I worked on something that has been bothering me for a while, and I finally decided to do something about it.

This pic shows part of my work today, and sometimes I find it better to use 2 clamps when driving the Kreg screws to keep both pieces of lumber level.



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This is what I was working on today. I've wanted to use the area above the steps when the door is closed, and that is what I built.

This is just the first temporary fitment.

You will notice the edge of the floor, (red arrow), and the pivot point on the hinges, (yellow arrow), do not line up. That is by design.



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This is why I didn't line the two up.

When the step cover is open, if the pivot point lines up with the edge of the floor, then the cover will protrude into the step area, and I wanted it completely out of the way.

Moving the pivot back, allows that to happen.



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Posted: 10/23/21 08:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I added some temporary braces under my step cover. (under red arrows)That will hold it up when I step on it, and I won't have to worry about stepping into that "hole" while working inside.



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The more I look at it, I "almost" would like to leave it there permanently, and put all the steps outside. I don't know that I will do that, but for now, I can lift it up when I need to.

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Posted: 10/23/21 08:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is last times photo with the hinges just temporarily screwed down.



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Today, I flipped the hinges upside down, and cut a mortise in the plywood for the hinge portion to fit into.



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These hinges will swing more than 270 degrees, so I can still stand the cover straight up, when I don't want it covering the steps.

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When the stair cover is in the up position, we still have over 14" of space between the cover and the end of the kitchen cabinet.



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That means I have more room for "something"! Maybe storage, or a folding table, or, who knows? Lots of possibilities!

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Is this door the only 'panic stations' egress from the coach? If something blows up in the night and you need to get out quickly, you sure don't want to be moving tables and lifting hatch doors to bug out...

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Old Islander wrote:

Is this door the only 'panic stations' egress from the coach? If something blows up in the night and you need to get out quickly, you sure don't want to be moving tables and lifting hatch doors to bug out...




That's the primary exit. I don't really plan on having anything sitting on top of that. I do plan on having a quick lift capability, possible with a cord, but in the worst case scenario, open the door and jump, I guess.

Then again, if I made it permanent, (not planned at this point), the steps would slide out automatically with the cover in place.

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