Black Walnut & butternut Door

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Project by ous posted 03-11-2011 02:39 AM 1750 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago my son was building a home and we had a discussion on what you do when you want to finish a room in one specie of wood and the adjoining room in another species. We made two doors with Red Oak on one side for the bedroom and Black Cherry on the other side the bath room. I was careful to make sure the moisture content was the same in both species at 6 to 7 %. This is low enough that the moisture content in a home will have very little effect on any warp or twist. I worked very well and the doors stayed tight to the door stop. Since then I have replaced the doors in my own home in the same fashion using Elm against Red Oak and several Black Walnut doors against other species. I have a Shaper thanks to my good wife who spoils me. I hope this is a idea some of you want to use.

-- Roy Montana

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 03:14 AM

great looking wood

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 03:17 AM

black walnut and white walnut together, looks good.

-- Smitty!!!

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 03:20 AM

Wow, never would have thunk it! Looks great!

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 03:21 AM

Having made all the trim for my house from cherry and made a couple of doors, I can appreciate what you have done with blending two different species of woods to build a panel door. My hat is off

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 04:20 AM


Your door looks terrific. We’ve seen this done is large, old mansions that are open to tourists. It certainly is a step above!

Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 02:11 PM

very nice, and solid

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 04:52 PM

Beautiful looking door and a great use of the wood, really gets the brain to thinking about similar
applications. I have never really thought about laminating wood that thick and large before. Thank
you for sharing and I am sure your wife thinks you spoil her also, nothing is quite as great to share as

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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