Any advice for fitting 2 panelled doors into both sides of the
fireplace alcovesin our Victorian house?
We are putting shelves up into the alcoves and wondered if we need to
put battens up the side of the fireplace and hang the doors from them?
Would that be ok as we would be drilling into the side of the
Many thanks for any help
I guess this is little different from fixing a door into a brick opening.
You would normally fix a wooden door frame to the brick, making sure that it
is square (which the brick may not be) then hang the doors on the door
The size of wood frame (batten or larger) depends on the size and weight of
This also gives you a top and bottom rail for a catch (magnetic, ball
bearing etc) to hold the doors closed, just like a cupboard.
On Sat, 20 Dec 2003 13:08:14 -0000, "David W.E. Roberts"
The problem I'm having ('cos its me that's doing it :) is getting the
frame structurally sound enough to hold the weight of 2 proper full
size doors, considering the cupboards will only be picture rail height
and not full ceiling height.
I'll probably end up screwing the frame to the shelves themselves,
which seems a better idea than trying to get rawlplugs into the
Why not construct a built-in cupboard (without a back)? Make the sides out
of 9 x 1 planed timber (or however deep the alcove is) and screw these to
the side walls - using packing, as necessary, to get them square and
upright. Make a top in the same material, if the whole thing's not going to
the ceiling, and screw it to the top of the uprights. Fill any gaps between
the uprights and the side walls.
You can then hang your doors *and* your shelves off these uprights - and
should have a good solid job which - as SWMBO would say - "is built like a
That's sort of what I'm slowly ending up with, though I'm cursing the
builders of this place (again) for a) not having any sort of geometric
equipment and b) using engineering bricks. This afternoon I got 3
shelves up after drilling a total of *mumble* holes that the wall
plugs just span in.....grrrrr......
Tomorrow I'm off to (hopefully) buy a 7 and 8mm SDS drill for my brick
punisher 'cos the cordless just can't hack it :-/ Back to the
discussion here about different types of hammer drills!
hehe, no :) They go nicely with my cheap-ass SDS drill though, and the
only thing that's stopped me in me tracks was the local shed shutting
at 4 when I needed 4 inch wood for the chimney breast at 6! Just given
up for the day with the hope of finishing tomorrow......meh.....
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