I would like to make a few points – First, fallen timber may not cut down to optimal sizes when you cut off insect damage and rot. This may mean additional glue joints and laying up small pieces to make larger panels. You also have to anticipate that the boards may have insect damage and spot damage that may need to be cut out or otherwise “worked around”.
If you mill the wood yourself, you need a chainsaw and a mill, like this:
Alan Chenkin, Trained as a Machinist/Mechanic in the NYC schools, Life long Mr. Fixit
Contact cement is applied with brush or roller, sticks to everything, like your fingers, so you have to be really accurate.
Contact cement also requires a clean environment, you have to keep any dust or dirt from being caught under the material! You also have to have good ventilation, and solvent to clean up.
When confronted with woodwork that has been exposed to a lot of grease, cooking grease, oily substances, and “Schmootz”, You need to give the material a good cleaning before deciding to refinish.
I like Murphy’s oil soap. However, if the front of the bar is real greasy, my preference would be TSP .
Hidden doors and Secret passageways are the stuff of movie legend; the three stooges, James Bond, and others have secrets that are revealed to the audience behind a hidden door.
How would you build a secret door? Searching “Hidden Doors” on google is where I would start. Precision and solid construction are necessary to make a good secret opening.
Hidden doors require some “out of the box” thinking, and need to blend into their surroundings. If you can’t find a suitable one to duplicate in your venue, you may need to consult a talented and crafty woodworker (someone like myself) to build an entryway that will be marvelously deceptive!
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