Front door w/slab floating inside

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Project by Tmanpdx posted 06-19-2019 05:36 AM 503 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was something I’ve always wanted to do and I barreled ahead without any real knowledge of how to do it, so I kind of felt my way through this.

I wanted to float a 1” thick slab in the middle of the glass, so that meant the door was going to be a bit oversize at 2 1/4” thick.

I started with 12/4 black walnut, jointing the boards, then planing down. I decided to do a triple mortise & tenon for the bottom portion and double mortise & tenon for the top. These were 3” long.

I cut a groove in the bottom portion to fit the slab loosely, then pegged it in the middle to allow expansion horizontally and then drilled a 5/8” dowel in the top to give it a top attach point.

I had to finish the interior slab first – I epoxied the cracks then because I really like how french polishing looks so that was how it was finished. It turned out pretty sweet.

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I decided to rabbet out the edges after it was all assembled – and did it on my CNC. This was a very easy operation and was happy how it turned out:

I was very happy with how it turned out. I had some custom machined steel as one piece with holes drilled to hold in the glass (which was installed using glazing tape). I finished it using Varathane water based exterior finish. This is my go-to exterior finish. I’ve been very happy with it and expect it to last a long time.

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#1 posted 06-19-2019 10:27 AM

imagination and some big boys toys can accomplish some amazing projects. That is utterly fantastic !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 06-19-2019 01:17 PM

That looks amazing. Nice work.

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#3 posted 06-19-2019 07:45 PM

Awesome! Very unique and interesting

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#4 posted 06-20-2019 10:17 AM

Love hand made doors…

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#5 posted 06-22-2019 01:29 AM

That is really fantastic!

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