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Project by Iheartwood posted 04-26-2010 12:15 AM 2575 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my new front door. I’ve been wanting to build a door like this for a long time. I did most of the work at the high school shop to mill the wood and drill out the mortises as well as cut the tenons. I did the finicky work of making fit together properly with hand tools in my garage.

This was one of those projects that seemed like it would never get done because having never made a door before I had to keep researching next steps and thinking about things carefully. I’m delighted with the results. Every time I walk through it I have to stop and admire it.

It’s CVG fir with some small walnut accents. Finished with 3 coats of exterior polyurethane, sanding between coats . I followed up the last coat with 0000 steel wool. It’s smooth like butter.

-- Steve, Portland, OR

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 12:34 AM

well done , steve .

very nice work ,
tight , and clean !

and it is even hung on the front of the house ,

the numbers , mailbox , and buzzer give it away (LOL) !

-- 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 04-26-2010 01:57 AM

Plenty of nice detail, the bevel glass is a nice touch as well. Great curb appeal, nice work all around on this one Steve…BC

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#3 posted 04-26-2010 02:16 AM

I have a front door in my 10 year plan. My problem is the fear of an wood door warping over time. Are you concerned about warpage and such?

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#4 posted 04-26-2010 03:43 AM

Beautiful door!!

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#5 posted 04-26-2010 06:11 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. I am happy with it. It really outshines the rest of the house as seen from the street. I’m seriously considering adding a porch to improve the overall appearance of the house, but also as protection from sun and rain.

Dave, I do worry about warping. I worry that it will get too hot in the sun and the finish will deteriorate. I’ve worried that rain will get into the grooves under the panels and rot the bottom of the door. I worry that I’ll come home and find that my kids have written on it with permanent marker, or poked it with darts. I decided to build it anyway, because I just really wanted to build a door and I could never justify spending what this would have cost.

I did read a very interesting posting here on Lumberjocks though by a guy who re-sawed 1/4” off the face and back of his boards, then cut the inner part into strips, turned every other one around lengthwise, glued it back together and put the 1/4” back on as veneer. All this to reduce the tendency of the wood to warp. It’s a lot more work, but as I read it I began to wish I had done that. Of course it was too late, and I don’t have access to a band saw that could do it, but I still thought it was a clever idea. I guess time will tell if it holds up. For now it looks great and I’ll just have to be satisfied with that.

-- Steve, Portland, OR

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#6 posted 04-26-2010 02:36 PM

Thats a beautiful door.

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#7 posted 04-26-2010 02:42 PM

This is a beauty. As long as it is kept regularly treated, paying special attention to the bottom edge (which always tends to get overlooked) and top and all end grains, it should outlast your great grandkids! Great Job

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#8 posted 04-27-2010 03:47 AM

This is your first door?
That door is a thing of beauty!!
Congratulations on a job VERY well done.
I hear about the door showing up the rest of the area.
Always the way, isn’t it


-- "The Artful Bodger"

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#9 posted 04-27-2010 03:53 AM

Nice work

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 04-27-2010 09:34 AM

Thanks guys It’s really encouraging to get such positive comments.

-- Steve, Portland, OR

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#12 posted 06-07-2010 02:47 PM


I like your door. You did a great job. I need a new one too and your design is perfect for me. Do you have plans that you can share?


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#13 posted 06-05-2012 11:30 PM

Very nice work on the door. I am starting a three light, two panel door as well. One question – how did you attach the dentil shelf?
Thanks and nice work!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#14 posted 06-06-2012 04:45 PM

Willie, It’s been so long I can’t remember how I attached it. Since I don’t recall doing anything particular I think I must have just glued and clamped it. There’s a lot of surface area between the shelf and the door. I don’t think it would hurt to include some joinery though. Maybe a spline down the middle or something.

Good luck with your door too. I look forward to seeing it.

-- Steve, Portland, OR

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