Vernon and Mary Lou helped me install the last of the fourth after I installed the partial box around the post. The last board had to have both sides done at once, a total of 14 biscuits. If you haven’t worked with biscuits before, they expand on contact with wood glue, leaving you only seconds to get the joint clamped up, or they’ll never go together (or come apart for that matter). Fortunately we had prepared for the glue-up quite well, and all went fairly smoothly (big Thank You! to Mary Lou – no way I could have done that on my own!). I still have to install the 3/4″ think mitered base up to the 11″ mark and then add the base cap and crown to finish it off. That might be a few days, and I thought you all might enjoy seeing something other than that 4×4 PT post sticking out of our front deck.
add an inch to their height.
The narrow laundry room posed another problem though: standard bi-fold door hardware doesn’t open wide enough to allow access to the machines’ controls and detergent trays (that and it’s tinny, cheap, and generally unpleasant to use!). Instead we chose Johnson full access bi-fold door hardware, and used standard 3.5″ oil rubbed bronze door hinges (rather than the cheapies that came with the kit). The doors now have hinges that match the rest of the house. Since there is no rickety track and pivot hardware, the doors can rise floor to header, without the need to add extra trim to hide the hardware! Since the doors open 180 degrees, they lay flat against the wall (giving some needed space back to the hallway).
full access hardware from Johnson so the hinges will match the rest of the doors in the hallway and we’ll actually be able reach the knobs and trays on the laundry machines :-)