From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... #14: Doors and Windows

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Blog entry by Serradura posted 08-06-2013 08:02 AM 3964 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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No, sometimes it doesn’t feel all that smart, working with wood. Every time there’s a bushfire you start to think of making doors and windows out of steel. But as a woodworker you’ll get over that thoughts quickly if you walk around a lumberyard in search for some wood to make the doors.The smell of sawdust is just to familiar and no other material can compete with that.

It’s a not just dangerous living among all those trees during a 3 months rain free and hot period, this landscape is one of the reasons we moved to Portugal. Most of our free days are spend outdoors, we don’t have to travel, we’re living in the middle of a beautiful holiday destination. But, work has to be done so….

The double doors on the front are made out of pine, bought about a year before the start of the project. Well, yes, at the lumberyard they call it “secco” (so it should be dry), but we’ve got some experience now.

We just made it all simple, no locks, no handles no key to open the front doors. Just three sliding pieces of hardwood to close up the doors safely. They only will be used to get bigger items in and out the workshop.

The windows are re-used. They came out of an old house that sadly had to move for a new one. Not many Portuguese take on a restoration, they just knock the old buildings down and start from scratch with cheap bricks and lots of concrete.

The back door is made after an example of a traditional Portuguese door. Big a-symmetric horizontal dovetails keep everything together. This door I previously put on Lumberjocks as a project.

Now all the workshop needs is a floor…....

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 11:01 AM

New buildings may be nice, but often lack the character, charm and personality that you have reclaimed in yours.

You should be very proud of your journey, efforts and labor.

A ‘Wink and a Nod’ from Mother Nature for saving and repurposing this fine old structure.

Best Regards. – 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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#2 posted 08-06-2013 11:15 AM

Very nice work, and in keeping with your local surroundings. Well done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 02:21 PM

A beautiful place and a shop to match. what could be better. LOL! I made a mistake in rebuilding my little barn that was similar to your building. Grandfathered in before the streets. I didn’t pour the concrete floor in the main part of my shop first. did it on the additional room that I put on.

What material do you plan for the floor? And you do have those well made pine doors for access.

Thanks for letting us go along to watch.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 08-06-2013 02:44 PM

Looks Great very nice work


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#5 posted 08-06-2013 02:53 PM

The doors look very well done. Strong, but keeps a rustic look. It all goes well with the stonework, too. Thanks for sharing your adventure. Portugal is a beautiful place.

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#6 posted 08-06-2013 07:28 PM

I LOVE the “hinges” you added to the exterior of the entrance door.
The double-doors look very heavy. There appears to be quite a gap under the double doors. Will you be pouring a floor? Or do you have to worry about cats (or other rodents) coming under and making a nest (or big mess) in your shop?

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#7 posted 08-06-2013 10:47 PM

great doors and’s coming along have a beautiful view if it weren’t for the wildfire.
stay safe and thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 08-07-2013 03:30 AM

Great job, moving right along

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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