French Doors

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Project by Grumpy posted 07-09-2014 03:25 AM 2145 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Niece and her Hubby asked me to make two French doors for an external wall of their home. The doors are to be fitted as part of renovation works .
Luckily they were not in a hurry as this project has taken a while in between holidays. The sort of thing us retirees do.
Anyway they chose ‘New Guinea Rosewood’ which is excellent for external use and very nice to work with.
I have made a few doors but none with the challenges of this project but I would not have missed the opportunity.
They also chose the type of glass they wanted. This needed to be toughened to meet local regulations.
I did a couple of sketches for them

They chose the one on the left.
Except for two metal joining dowels at the middle of each door all the joints are wood. Each corner joint is secured with a wood dowel and tightbond III.

The panels presented a problem because my supplier’s stock was limited in width.
so I made the panels in 3 sections and used biscuits to help align the joints.

I Used the table saw to shape the angles on the panels and a router to run the grooves.

I used a 1/2’ ogee bit to make the cover strips for the glass panes.
The external facing strips were sealed with the silicone as the glass was laid in and the internal facing strips were left unsealed in case the glass had to be replaced in the future.
Nailgun brads were used to secure the strips and the holes were filled and glued mainly with rosewood scraps.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 11:07 AM

They look good to me

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 11:22 AM

Your usual top-notch work Grumpy !
Those will be beautiful wherever they are hung.
Nice job !

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 01:30 PM

Super job on the doors, Tony! I know what you mean about the challenge. It is sure nice when you get into it and things start fitting together. You made some real nice doors and they fit the bill!!
Good going, Mate!!.......................Jim

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

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 10:26 PM

Great Job grumpy!

-- 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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#5 posted 07-10-2014 01:30 AM

Thanks for your interest Jocks. Much appreciated.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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