Sette Storage for Tools

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Settee Storage for Tools and Parts

by Jack Reynolds MUSIC #1583

On MUSIC, I used forward settee storage for tools and parts boxes. But getting at my tools, even for a quick & simple task, meant taking apart the settee to get at them. The solution was a standard 12" West Marine teak door and frame placed in the inboard (or aisle) side of the enclosure. I cut the hole with a "side cutting" drill bit after tracing the teak door. A somewhat raggedly cut opening is hidden by the frame around the door which I glued in place. The West Marine door doesn't come with hinges so I bought some small ones at Home Depot and also installed a cupboard door keeper latch to keep the door closed. Now I can grab my canvas bag of basic tools easily through the door but still need to open the settee cushion to get at larger parts boxes, etc. 80% of the time the door is all I need. I've spotted some other places where the same kind of installation might result in easier access to unused storage potential.

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