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Here's the deal...I am converting my garage to an office. I enclosed the back wall to house the dryer vent and water pipe to my garden hose. I used 3/4" plywood and wanes coating on the front. I am stuck on how to maintain emergency access to the pipes without making it look like crap. I am thinking the top could be removable but it's an odd size. It's 10' x 16".

Any and all input is very welcome.

 

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I'd have put hinged doors on the front. You're not doing any repairs through the top.
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I came across a website...solidsurface.com that has numerous sizes of countertop material available. Prices seem reasonable and they sell to the public
 

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I would just put a wood top that matches in color the wood facing. Some of the front panels can be screwed in place so this can be your access.
 

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My intention was to cut two access doors and put hinges on them. I did a test run on a piece of plywood. I used straight edges and a circular saw. My cuts were ok but not perfect enough. How can I do this right?
 

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Why don't you make them out of the same material as the front?
You could even use magnetic push closers so the visual was minimal.
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I will practice again this weekend. Guess the plunge cut is where it was a little wider than the rest of the cut.

I do have the magnetic clips and hinges.
 

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I too am confused as to why the cuts aren't perfect. Did you use the straight edges to draw a line and then follow it free hand or did you use the straight edge as a jig while cutting... if the latter, the cut should be perfect.

Do not underestimate how much of a PITA it will be if you don't have comfortable access to repair. For access - make the top hinged/removeable AND make the part in the front where you need access sectioned. The section can have its seam at the wainscotting seam and can attach to the frame by a clip and receiver at the bottom and a bolt that goes through the framing and gets a wing nut and washer. This is a very easy to build, very easy to blend, way to acheive total access...
 

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One fairly simple way to put a top on this would be to buy a stock laminate top from Lowe's or Depot, and then cut the top to width, removing the back splash. You would want to make your cuts from the bottom so you do not chip up the face. You should be able to scribe the top to the walls for a nice fit. You could also use a wood trim as a back splash and end splash to cover any gaps. You could certainly make it removable, however I tend to agree that if you could cut some doors into the face you will be happier in the future. Doors will not only give you access to the pipes, but you also will have some extra storage space.
 

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Well, I just finished cutting the doors. They look GREAT. Here is where my problem was. I had the base of the circular saw at the depth I needed. When I used the straight edge only the front of the base would touch it until I plunged into the wood. Therefore, I was getting a wider cut at first because I didn't control the saw. Today I kept the base unfastened. I had it so the blade was completely hidden...lined up my cut...plunged and pushed the saw. First cut went off but was a simple matter of replacing one small piece of the wanes coting. Once I have the hinges on I will post pics.

Thanks again for the tips!
 
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