new life for an old bird #1: eagle inlayed door re-use

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Blog entry by patron posted 09-08-2009 04:13 PM 2158 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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this is a door i made 20 years ago , for my then new home .
i worked in a production cab. shop at the time ,
and built it after work in that shop ,
every morning one of the owner’s would say ,
” that’s a nice door , but get it out of here ,
we need the room ” . not really true , as it was stashed away in a corner of the shop .
so i was under pressure to finish it !
it is 3’ 6” x 6’ 8” x 1 3/4” ( 42” x 80” x 1 3/4” ) exterior entry door .
the frame is pine morticed and tenon with a 3/4” ply insert ,
and the inlay was done in 5/4” redwood and pine ,
then re-sawed inlaid in door and glued to both sides .
notice the eagle looking in different directions .
it was exposed to the weather ( rain , snow , and very hot new mexico sun ,
for 5 years , before we could build a porch and roof over it ,
thereby protecting it somewhat . after an amicable divorce ,
my ex wife started renting the house , and the ensuing renters
somehow proceeded to slowly destroy the front door .
10 years of this abuse , with me fixing it as i could ,
finally led to a new door and casing , that we (ex wife and i ) ,
made and installed . so i got this back , it’s pretty beat up , and the inlay is gapping somewhat .
i plan on patching it up and filling the gaps with epoxy , and after another sanding ,
sealing it in epoxy and making a stand for it that i can have the door rest in ,
and turn it over once a year to reveal both sides to the sun ,
it will make a great table for my 20’ x 50’ deck !
watch for future progress !
thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 09-08-2009 04:19 PM

That’s a great door Dacid. Nice job on the creation and on the eventual restoration.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 04:21 PM

Very cool, you’re designing ability is top notch…....................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 09-08-2009 04:42 PM

Great looking door well made too.

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#4 posted 09-08-2009 04:54 PM


-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 04:59 PM

Great door, deserves to hang in a “proud” doorway.

-- --It's not how long you live, but how you live that makes it a life.--

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#6 posted 09-08-2009 05:03 PM

thanks guys ,
here is some detailing ,
i still have the full size pattern i made from poster board ,
draw it out full size , mark the color and put an arrow on each part ,
in the direction of the grain you want , cut with a razor knife ,
mark the parts and cut ,then fit them and glue ,
2 by 2 and then sections together , re-saw .
you still have a pattern if a part gets blown !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 05:21 PM

David, Awesome! You never cease to amaze me with your talents. Hope you will show us some pics when it’s fully restored. Thanks.

-- John @

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 05:34 PM

Beautiful work David !!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 05:57 PM

Amazing door David! I love arty doors and that sure is one. I don’t know how you will make a table out of it, but I’m sure it will be a nice one. Hope you show it when finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 06:15 PM

Great piece of art David, you are the master!

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#11 posted 09-08-2009 06:35 PM

David that is fantastic craftsmanship. Beautiful work indeed.

I cant wait to see the next step for it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#12 posted 09-08-2009 07:27 PM

Wow! That is some door! I have always loved hand-made front doors. I designed mine and had it built in CA… you can imagine the shipping on that one!
David, you are an incredible craftsman. You design, create and, most importantly, share willingly.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 09-08-2009 07:37 PM

Great work- your work always is! Keep it up


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#14 posted 09-08-2009 08:32 PM

Phantasmic, David! Your work is always so inspired and inspiring!
Can’t hardly wait to see what comes next…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 09-08-2009 11:03 PM

And I will add my two WOW’s

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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