March 28, 2013 by phicks2012
There are several open doorways in my basement that do not yet have doors set into them. Two of these are standard-sized openings, into which I can easily slide pre-hung doors as soon as I can afford to purchase those items, but one is an odd-sized opening too narrow for standard double doors and too wide for a standard single door.
I’ve long debated what to do with this opening, and I’ll admit that I’ve considered many rather colorful options. One, since I live in a Castle, was to build a fake dungeon door out of old barn wood and wrought iron fittings, and attach the huge medieval reproduction lock I found years ago to add to the effect. However, the storage area behind this opening really does need to be accessible, since it has a refrigerator on the other side to supply ice for the bar and extra food storage for parties and for housemates. That means really locking it would cause problems.
So I decided to go with a “secret door behind a bookshelf” that matches the others around the room, and I promptly got busy designing one — succeeding surprisingly well. God, I’m Good!!! I think it’s going to work very well indeed, and Jason — Bless Him — has taken it upon himself to get started with the basic construction. I’ve had to rein him in a bit because he had some notions that I knew wouldn’t be workable, but we’ve now gotten everything planned out except for the latching mechanism — which is proving to be a challenge.
I was unsurprised at how very many people have gone on-line to find out about such latches, but surprised that SOMEone hasn’t started marketing them. At least, I haven’t been able to locate anyone who is doing so, but if any of my readers can aim me at a source I’d be very appreciative! Extra points if you can find one that works with a tilting book!!!!!