Postgaarden my allotment house #2: Stable / Dutch door for the workshop.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 10-21-2021 09:30 PM 924 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Stable / Dutch doors for the workshop
and a wonderful visit from a LJ friend.

Another project from the allotment house, this time it was the workshop door, that were screaming my name.

The old doors were worn out, the top half rotten and really old, perhaps older than the house, lower half badly made from cheap fast grown treated wood, so both needed replacement.

But we start at my Copenhagen workshop door.

With a wee lunch.

Danish smørebrød (smoerebroed).

And a lot of dust…

As I were running old floor boards though the planner, after checking for nails with a metal detector and running my fingers over, to look for other stuff. This because I last summer damaged a set of new planner irons, by running into a hidden screw – kind of expensive recycle…

Well back in the allotment, the floorboards were cut up, to half’s.

So they could become doors.

And some cut down to half.

These will be for the braces.

Wood glue on the tongue and grooves.

On the floor in the conservatory, as this is a really flat floor.

Hammering with a scrap wood, between the hammer and the wood, to not make marks.
Also keeping a small distance between the boards, so there are a small crack, this will allow movement and also give character to the look of it.

Marking up on the back side, where to saw, once it is dry.

Outside, the braces could be cut.

Screwed to the door.

Like so.

Old door / new door.

Ok not all done yet, but as you can see, the old one really needs replacement.

Marking the cross brace.

Connecting the marks.

Sawing with the circular saw.

Screwed in place.
As I use screws I just overlap and make it simple.

Marking to place screws in a nice line.

Self cutting and self countersinking screws.

This is what happens, when they cut through your finger…
Did that the other day.

Two screws in each board.

Sawing the door to size.
I love that cordless circular saw.

Sending a LJ thought again, while I plane some edges.

We got a door.

Looking good in my book, or more precise on top of my personal power plant.

Big smile.

Yes a big smile, from my really old girlfriend…
At this point I also gave the bottom of both doors, some wood protection, soaking the ends really well.

Swedish red we call the colour.
Same as the house.

Two thick layers, here after first.

One more.

Notice the observatory roof is open, to make draft, so the workshop is cooled down.

As they have promised rain, the doors will be finished up inside.

Gave it second layer at night, as it was raining all the rest of the day.

Time for some more shaves.

Caps for the outside, top mid, bottom.
These are cut with a 30 degree drip cap / edge, on top and bottom so the water runs down and off.


Then this happened.
Strawberry cakes, is my favourite.

It was my friend Ty, Kaerlighedsbamsen here on LJ, who had decided to come for a visit.

Ty offered to join me in mounting the doors.
It was not as easy as we first thought, as the house are completely out of level, laughs.
So after test mounting the doors, we decided we needed to correct the door pole.

Here you can see the wedge shaped correction piece we made, on the left side.
The pole were more than 5cm / 2inches out of level, so this was a needed correction, to make the doors close up properly.

But we can handle that!
The funky boys.
Thank you Ty, for all the help, it had taken me two days at least, to do it alone and being two made it both joyful, brought an extra dimension and memory to the project.
We are good at working together, I really enjoyed that.

A happy monkey, closing up the doors and they fit.

Hardware and caps mounted.


Here you might see that I also put an edge all around the door inside, to stop snow from coming in at winter, like a rabbet for the door.

Finishing up with paint.

Looks like it was there always.

How wonderful red can be, in the nuances of light.

The workshop two yeas ago, when I bought the house.
Before it got a window, paint and an observatory… you might also see I cleared up a little and cultivated the garden.

I feel I have managed to bring life to the house, but still keeping it’s charm and allotment style.
Brought new life to the old house and even recycled some old floorboards, found in the streets of Copenhagen.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, well, or a stable door…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 10-21-2021 10:19 PM

Nice work on the gate! I agree the gate does look like it has been all along! But I must say I enjoyed all the photos and letting us peek in on all your good stuff! Great to see you guys smiling and having a good time!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 10-21-2021 11:02 PM

Nice job. Was the blog more work than the project? ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-21-2021 11:58 PM

I enjoyed the blog. There are times when a face lift is necessary to be able to enjoy our home. This was like deja vu for me early this year. I needed to replace the barn doors on my boathouse which were in bad shape also. It almost didn’t make much difference if they were closed or left open. LOL.
I see the new lock too. That must of been a chore also. Very nice and still keeps the the original look od the house.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 10-22-2021 01:09 AM

I really enjoy seeing what you have done. Extra help is always welcome, time goes better with friends around.

Maybe you should think about feeding that old girlfriend a little more- she looks too skinny 8^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 10-22-2021 01:14 AM

Very nice replacement, Mads! And good help from a friend.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 10-22-2021 03:30 AM

That is a fine new door. Nice to have a friend over too and good food along with it!!

cheers, My friend…..............Jim

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

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#7 posted 10-22-2021 04:47 PM

Nice project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 10-24-2021 06:32 AM

Lovely doors Mads. I’ve always liked Dutch doors. Great for keeping small children and pets in/out, but still letting the fresh air in and when the snow is banked up outside, you can climb out the top half to shovel it up.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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