Shoji Doors

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Project by unclearthur posted 12-04-2019 05:07 AM 999 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made 6 “shoji” style closet doors. European Alder (Black Alder?), Warlon “Taf Top” shoji paper, rice glue, finished with poly. Solid wood floating panels. All double M&T, made with a Leigh SuperFMT I found on Craigslist.

Extra long finger grabs as a special design consideration.

More or less happy with how they turned out, though I still have to do some trim work around the doors. Was always afraid to try to make doors because of the low tolerance for any sort of warping, etc, but found nice straight grained wood and that part of it was OK.

If I do more, I may make them somewhat thinner. These are 1 3/8, more or less a standard door size, but give how they hang, I think they could be made thinner (maybe 1-1/4) and lighter, more like a screen.

Thanks for lookin’

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#1 posted 12-04-2019 10:31 AM

Really fine work, much more elegant than solid dorrs.
Well done.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 12-04-2019 12:53 PM

These look really nice – I especially like how the light works in the first photo.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 12-04-2019 02:31 PM

Well done!

-- Doug...

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#4 posted 12-04-2019 02:44 PM

Elegant! I think that you made great design choices.

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#5 posted 12-04-2019 02:52 PM

Extremely nice. Adds such a nice look to the rooms.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 12-04-2019 03:08 PM

beautiful doors,well done.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 12-04-2019 06:33 PM

Thanks all!

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#8 posted 12-05-2019 02:41 AM

Very cool. I love shoji doors. I need to look up the shoji paper.

-- -Dan

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#9 posted 12-11-2019 02:16 PM

Very attractive. Wish I had a room this size so I could make some myself.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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