Rosenberg Residence - "canine restraint structure"

I dropped off this mobile gate yesterday at the Rosenberg residence yesterday. Tracy had asked me last fall to start thinking of a dog gate for the coming spring. The oxidized finish matches the planter I fabricated for them last October. The switch grass negative image plays on actual organic elements placed in the planter box. To keep one's hands from getting rusty when moving, I sought out a couple of smaller tree limb crotches and attached them with some wood lags from behind. 1 1/2" sq. tube, 11 ga. mild steel plate, 3" x 3" x 1/4" angle and 2" swivel casters.


"Keep it like a secret...."

Lest one think I'm not doing much these days, but 'aye!,' a bookshelf be in the making! Each section was built separately, and then fastened together on-site here at the London Underground in Ames. Like the built-in booth, all of this is comprised of 3/4" birch ply and trimmed in 1x choice pine.

The top picture shows a green arrow pointing to the "secret." This "secret" door will be used to conceal cleaning goods and probably a few empty beer cans until we put a padlock on it. I'm still trying to think of a clever way to hide a latch and/or pin that isn't too conspicuous.

The hinged door comes from my love of old TV shows and films that utilized this "structural chicanery." For instance, "Clue" had a bunch of them including the walk-in cooler to the parlor. Or, that one episode of "Webster" when Web, George and Ma'am moved into that big house from the high-rise apartment. I think the grandfather clock led to a secret passage that led to the basement dwelling where the older couple that owned the house lived...they were Russian if I remember correctly.

Okay, behind this door is a dead end...but it would've been cool if it was a secret exit to the back alley. Maybe next time.