Rustic Tuscan Garden Door

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Project by topher posted 07-30-2009 03:32 AM 9064 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first door! And by the way, I really enjoy seeing everyones projects!!
This was just finished and hung yesterday. The door is for my brother’s Tuscan Home in the Hollywood hills. He wanted a rustic garden door that would age and build character over time when exposed to the elements. I used 2×6 Douglas fir milled and jointed to 5”. I first champered the edges on the router table then distressed the edges and board faces with a curved pull scraper, assorted gouges and claw to make worm holes and followed by a series of sandings. The boards were assembled with glue and wooden dowels. I bought the 2” x 1/4 metal bands at home depot, drew my design and cut it with my grinder and a metal blade. I also used the blade to make the distress marks. The clavos nail head i ordered online. The finish is a boiled linseed oil rub, then i went over it with a glaze i had left over from another project. I then topped it off with another coat of linseed oil. Ill let it weather for some time and then decide if i want to seal it…
Hope you like it !

-- learning, building, playing

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#1 posted 07-30-2009 04:11 AM

nice 1st door !
the distresing and metal detailing
is great .
congratulations !
and welcome .

-- 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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#2 posted 07-30-2009 04:23 AM

Great door looks fantastic super build.


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#3 posted 07-30-2009 06:58 AM

Nice job! Lots of amazing details that add to the total effect. Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 07-30-2009 08:34 AM

It sure looks Tuscan.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 07-30-2009 05:06 PM

Awesome looking gate!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#6 posted 07-31-2009 01:54 PM

Great looking door, you did well!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 08-01-2009 01:42 PM

Awesome job. Looks like it’s been there since the 1800’s. You should post a tutorial on your antiquing techniques, they are that good.
Take Care,

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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