This is my main reason for owning a keyhole saw. I am famous for changing plans in the middle of the stream. Sorry about the mixed metaphor. I am always wanting an extra window or door after the house is constructed. I also frequently change my mind about where the stairs should be located.
The nice thing about a keyhole saw is it makes all of this possible without a lot of fuss and bother. It's the same with a hole in the floor for a dumbwaiter. I knew the size that the hole had to be. I marked it off and drilled a couple of holes in the corner opposite where the walls meet. Then good old keyhole went to work. In a matter of minutes, all was right with the world.
I fitted the two pieces of wood. They were perfect.....Except for the fact that I changed the roof line a couple of days ago. Now I no longer needed a slant on the front side of the dumbwaiter. It had to be straight like the other side. That was OK though because I decided that the openings on either floor needed to be as wide as I could make them. I cut the board for that side into three pieces and stuck them to the other long piece.
I cut two pieces as stops for the top and bottom of the shaft. I drilled a couple of holes in each piece to provide a place for the ropes or chains that will pull the elevator up and down. I am figuring this out as I go.
My friend Pat Arnell had one antique house that I worked on that had an elevator in it. It worked by turning a handle on the outside of the elevator to make the rope move up and down. Now if I can just remember exactly how that one worked......
Here's a view of the dry fitting of the shaft. It is going to fit OK. Since I changed the roof line, I may have to shave off one corner of the box. That's not a problem. It is at the far top corner and probably won't ever be seen anyway. Or I can always lower the opening by 1/2" too.
You are probably wondering by now where Tessie is. I have been questioning her about Spike. He seems to have disappeared. I suspect a dog napping is in progress. No ransom note. I don't think that she wants money. I think that she wants Spike.
Meanwhile, she is harassing me about the "elevator". She says it is WAY too small. To prove it, she climbed in the top opening. I told her it wasn't for people. She said it certainly wasn't if I didn't enlarge it.
I think that she's stuck. She doesn't want to admit it. She keeps trying to lure Buster(strangely, he's not missing) to come close enough so that she can grab his collar for help getting out.
Oh alright. I will pull her out. It's only because I need her out of there so that I can go back to work. Otherwise I would let her stew in her own juice.
See you tomorrow.