From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... #9: A door for the front

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Blog entry by Serradura posted 05-21-2013 10:11 PM 3841 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now I could have finished the roof, I could have finished the back wall, but… I’m always having a bit difficulty with switching between the woodwork and the work with cement and stones. So, when the first section of the roof was on, I decided to make the front door on the second floor. Now, it’s not a door that you can go in and out, it’s about 3,5 meters above the street. I just wanted to have the possibility to load bigger items from the street.

Now it might not be a secret anymore that I’m on a very tight budget, so the use of reclaimed materials has become a challenge next to a not having another option. I wanted the door to look like it would have been 200 years ago. So… I had to make the hinges and the lock myself. I’m not a blacksmith so a different solution was needed.

I found the back of an old washing machine and just cut out the shapes…. gave them some banging with a hammer over a round edge…. and the result was not to bad.

From down the street you don’t see the difference. I know it’s fake, but buying antique ones or order them custom made at a blacksmith would cost more than the whole building itself. (Behind the “covers” there are normal barn-door hinges)

Next time; Building upside down…

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 12:00 AM

That’s what they would have done! Your keeping up with the character of the rebuild! A little like an old prison door? LOL! Nice job!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 12:39 AM

Watch out for that first step, it’s a killer. lol

-- Art

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 02:56 AM

Nice trim on the door. It keeps it in the correct era- very resourceful work on your part!!. I hope you have a forklift, though.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 05:20 AM

Very creative,great job.


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#5 posted 05-22-2013 01:57 PM

Your imagination and creativity are surpassed only by your ability to bring your thoughts to life.

Very well done. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#6 posted 05-26-2013 01:28 PM

very creative and a great job.

-- Todd

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