Eagle Door

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Project by robbinscabin posted 05-18-2009 01:36 PM 2222 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is yet another screen door…and a half! My Uncle turned 75 this week and I wanted to surprise him with a screen door but last week was Mother’s Day and I wanted to surprise Mom with one too. So I started working on my mother’s screen door and told her the whole time that I was working on my Uncle’s. The old bait and switch!

After Mother’s Day I settled down to making my Uncle’s Screen door. After the first day my hubby was only luke warm about the design and it went down hill from there. He kept saying that the Eagle looked like a PARROT! I spent two full days trying to “fix” the problem. The door is due at a Surprise Party on Saturday. Wednesday night my hubby says, “It’s not your best work. Why don’t we go get a new piece of wood and start over.” NOW???? Thursday I had to do party prep until 4 p.m. so I didn’t get started on the door until 4:30. I worked rapidly, and very carefully until midnight. In that space of time I drew the layout, jigsawed, dremel-ed, sanded, stained & painted. And preceded to bed where I enjoyed the best five hours sleep of my life. I rushed into the basement in the morning and poly-ed then went off to day two of party prep. I returned Friday night to attach the screen and the back frame and another coat of poly. It was still a bit tacky on the edges of the door Saturday morning but overall, I was proud of the result. And hubby loves the new Eagle…no more parrots here!

I’ll re-purpose the bottom of the door into a mirror as a raffle item for a local Epilepsy Foundation fundraiser. Hopefully, it will do well for them. My Uncle loved his surprise door and I think he’s really happy with it.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#1 posted 05-18-2009 02:56 PM

I think that it is a very nice door and built in such a short period of time! Your uncle is very fortunate to have it on his door and let all who walk through it enjoy your work also. Did you take any pictures of the “parrot” door?
My wife wants me to replace out front scrteen door and your excellent work haas given me some great ideas.

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#2 posted 05-18-2009 03:06 PM

Thanks Greg! I do have pictures of the parrot door but…it never got to the staining stage so it is terribly hard to see the detail. If you need any advice on door details when you make yours please feel free to let me know.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#3 posted 05-18-2009 03:27 PM


-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#4 posted 05-18-2009 04:22 PM

What talent!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#5 posted 05-18-2009 05:27 PM

This door has a great design and the first one with color I’ve seen that you’ve made

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 05:33 PM

My hubby likes the colors as well. I tried a bit of green on the last door (Mother’s Day Nightmare) in the pine tree but this door really needed color to enhance the eagle and cardinal details.

Thanks All!

-- Robbinscabin,

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 06:42 PM

Another nice door. I really like the eagle, but count me as another vote to show the “parrot”. Have you thought of any way to put glass in them for the winter, or would that be too difficult?

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#8 posted 05-18-2009 06:48 PM

Dale~There has been discussion about adding glass. There is a frame on the back side that would allow a place for the glass to sit but keeping it there seems to be my stumbling block. It’s definitely where I am headed. Advice or ideas always welcome!

You WIN! ~~I’ve blogged about the Parrot.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#9 posted 05-18-2009 10:14 PM

Great door! and the time it was done in…WOW

The eagle looks a litle red….OH wrong bird.haha Great job on both birds and overall design.

As for the glass….Could you put the glass in a frame then hold it to the door with a cleat like the ones used to hold table top on? Mabey something like this, only out of wood?

Table top mount

Just my $.02

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 05-18-2009 10:55 PM

I was thinking of a framed piece of glass but hadn’t thought of a cleat like that. That’s why I love LJ…ask for help and people actually help you figure it out! Thanks Scrappy!

-- Robbinscabin,

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#11 posted 05-19-2009 02:03 AM

Very nice door. I had not ever thought of adding any decorations (other than some Victorian spindles) to a screen door. I also know that I would not have been able to take advice from my spouse so well as you seem to have. What team work! Thanks for posting.

-- Gary D.

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#12 posted 05-19-2009 02:08 AM

Gary~Hubby and I have our “moments” but it’s not usually in the workshop. LOL. I do enjoy making the doors because each one (so far) is different and a whole new adventure.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#13 posted 05-19-2009 02:14 AM

Great job. Uncle ought to be proud of you and your work. Keep it up as you have a lot of talent.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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