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Blog entry by Rich posted 12-03-2016 05:38 AM 1749 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We moved into a house built in 1994 last November. It’s a great house with some nice remodeling already done, but the doors were hollow core and we wanted to replace them.

Our first stop was to some local Tucson window and door companies. Wow, talk about sticker shock! We had nine doors to replace, and good quality ones were upwards of $1K each. We also found the handyman places that had doors that were solid wood for about $400 each. The thing is, it was a veneer over pine lumber. Yes, it was solid wood, and they did a nice job of using sequential veneers front and back, so the knots and other grain patterns matched, but it was still mostly pine.

We bought one knotty pine door as a sample for $200. I had no idea how I was going to use it, but I wanted to just have something to imagine with. It was a two-panel design, with just a kick rail, lock rail and top rail. No mullions.

I eventually decided to route out the panels and mill ogee strips to frame obscured glass panels for a pantry door. It was then when I realized how cheaply these doors were constructed. They come from Chile. They are assembly line items. They use dowel joinery, and you can tell that they are sent straight through large drum sanders by looking at the mill marks on the finished door.

The final result was acceptable, but I knew I could do better.

— Rich

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki



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richimage

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#1 posted 12-03-2016 03:06 PM

I am envious of your experience, as I am a beginning woodworker trying to learn the craft – what an exciting project! I can’t wait to follow your progress…

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#2 posted 12-03-2016 04:26 PM

You go boy! Imagine all the tools you can buy and still save money on $9K worth of doors! Looking forward to this project. Thanks for blogging about it. My dream is a craftsman bungalow fixer upper.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Rich

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#3 posted 12-03-2016 11:11 PM

We think a lot alike Skully. It’s not as much about saving money as it is about acquiring more tools.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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#4 posted 12-03-2016 11:14 PM

I’m still pretty new to this site, Rich, but I’d say you’ve come to the right place to learn from some talented people and get your questions answered.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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