|There are numerous versions of that quote floating around out there, and we may never know who coined the original phrase. Given that Ms. Giffords is married to an astronaut and lived a few miles from us, and given that my husband works as a Flight Controller for the International Space Station, I thought I'd use this one.|
Let me start from the very beginning and proceed incrementally with successive photos to show you what I mean.
|I knew that the final modified panel had to include a kick plate on the bottom. In the tiny space of the Interstate, stuff gets bumped, kicked, and generally smacked around - it happens. I didn't want anything to accidentally punch itself through that opening and impact the lithium batteries or other electric components. We have a miter saw and I've gotten reasonably good at making precise wood cuts using it. So I cut a strip of half-inch furniture-grade plywood to be added across the bottom. The plywood was left over from my custom closet shelf project.|
|OK, so now I'm one more inch further along in this process, with the overlay cut. Next I painted it and the underlying strip using a Sherwin Williams oil-based enamel color formulation that matched our Interstate's counter tops.|
|I ordered the piece from Online Metals, which also supplied the same perforated aluminum sheet for my custom computer table and my under-cabinet shelving projects. They have given me really good service.|
|And here you see it applied to the bottom edge.|
|Here's the counter-sunk screw sitting in its metal washer, stuck to the neodymium magnet in the workpiece.|
|And this is what it looks like from above, peering down into the small gap created as the new front panel stands a bit proud of the existing cabinetry frame. That small gap allows one's fingers to pry the piece off the cabinetry - in other words, we designed it this way intentionally. Those neodymium magnets are very strong, and leverage is required to dislodge them. |
The mat you see lining the closet floor is an IKEA Oplev which I cut to the shape of the closet. Its purpose is to trap grit and dirt that falls off my folding bicycle which I store here. I don't want that dirt making its way down into the lithium chamber.
|I think it looks pretty good. It does a good job of resurrecting a badly-cut cabinetry piece while meeting the ventilation and chamber protection goals.|
|This project represents one more small step in the life of a couple of van DIYers.|