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Dan N 01-11-2007 10:23 AM

Knee wall acess door
1st post here...

I recently finished rocking and painting the upstairs of my cape to make a playroom for the kids and a den.

Here's the problem:

There is a 4ft knee wall down both side of the room. Plenty of storage behind.

There was a 48"X48" access panel in the playroom side of the upstairs. I wanted to keep the opening that big to easily store large items.

Now, the room is painted, carpet is coming in two weeks. I need to close the opening with a door, but I want to make it string enought to handle the kids, and lockable.

I was thinking of using bi-fold closet doors cut to height, or making one big panel on hinges to open into the room.

Any suggestions?? I can post pics if needed.

Thanks in advance.

mdlbldrmatt135 01-11-2007 10:28 AM

you could do that Gluing it to a sheet of 1/4" Veneer ply to make it look good......

jbob 01-11-2007 07:58 PM

I've done this many times.
For best appearance, do this.
Get a pre-hung hollow core door, not bored for lockset.
Cut the door, Cut the jamb 1 1/4 longer than the door to allow for
carpeting, plug the bottom of the door, buy a cheap door boring set,
hang and case the door, bore for lockset, mortise for strike-plate,
install keyed lockset to keep the kids out.

You'll probably be out less than $100.00 if you buy a cheap door.

It's not as difficult as it sounds...usually takes about 2 hours:)

Dan N 01-12-2007 09:13 AM

I was considering a pre-hung door, but a 48 inch door is kinda big. That's a big swing to open the door. I think I might go with 2 24" peices of sanded hardwood and installing inside, "european" style hinges.Actually the opening is 47" wide.

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