The New Access Door

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Project by littlecope posted 07-31-2013 03:14 PM 2001 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been done for a couple of days. The making of it was covered here and here...
For finish, wipe-on Polyurethane was used for the Poplar Z-braced Door, and the trim was painted white with some Kilz that was hanging around the cellar… I always thought that Kilz was a one-coat paint, Not So!! It took three coats…
I let the finishes dry in place, put some pennies on the ledge that holds the door in place, to keep them from sticking to one another…
Close by to where I was working on this, is the small Chalkboard I made in Just for Fun... #72, but it never got posted up as a project…
The joints in the thing were a kind of extended box joint I guess you’d call it… Not really sure what it’s called when there’s only one…
Anyway, there they are, a couple of small projects that improve the appearance and live-ability of our place.
Thanks for your time and comments are, of course, always welcome… :)
31 July 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-31-2013 03:52 PM

Very nice looking door. I like that planked look much better than if it was a just a flat sheet of something!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 03:54 PM

excellent mike, it always feels good to improve ones home, and you have put your touch on your home, it looks very nice, ive always been a fan of z brace doors, and the joinery you used is a good strong joint and its attractive to boot..keep on makin the saw dust fly…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 07-31-2013 04:27 PM

Nice project watched it all thru. Kilz, is for hiding water stains in paint like under the window where you might have
water come thru the wall, then coat over it with a regular paint. Better and cheaper then Kilz is Final Net hair spray,
it will stop water stains from bleading thru any paint. Love the chalk board, better than paper notes!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 07-31-2013 04:36 PM

Smart Mike very smart, I was really impressed that you took
such care with this large project.

Sweet Messages :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 07-31-2013 05:04 PM

Very nice outcome! What an improvement! It is little things like this that make our house a “home.” I have enjoyed seeing this come to be. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 07-31-2013 06:21 PM

Thats more like it. Nice work, Mike.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 07-31-2013 08:05 PM

Here’s to a job well done Mike. [Raises glass of lemon iced tea.]

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 07-31-2013 09:48 PM

Thanks Everybody!
The landlord stopped by today and he liked it too, especially the beadboard look…
Our landlord is slowly renovating the entire building, a daunting task! I’ve offered to help, but he says he can’t afford it, and I think he also prefers the satisfaction of “doing the thing” himself…
But he’s not a fool! He asked me today to give him a hand carrying a huge mirror into the bathroom of the place next to us… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 07-31-2013 11:39 PM

The access door looks super, Mike!

I really like those joints on the authentic slate chalk board, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 08-01-2013 12:46 AM

FYI the joint on the chalk board is commonly refereed to as a ‘bridal joint’.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#11 posted 08-01-2013 02:22 AM

Thanks Jack, a Bridle Joint it is! I knew it had a name…
Because of the unstopped dadoes that were cut for the Slate, these had to be slightly modified, so that the dado wasn’t exposed on the corners…
The tenon ends were shortened to the depth of the dado, and then used to mark the depth of the mortise half of the joints…
Actually easier to do than to describe! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 08-01-2013 08:57 AM

The ceiling door came out really great Mike and I especially like the planked look. The chalkboard is nice too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 08-05-2013 03:43 PM

It’s a great build and improvement to the house. It turned out really good and well installed. Like the chalkboard as well, very sweet. Great job!

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#14 posted 09-15-2015 08:01 AM

As Jumbojack beat me to it I can now only agree its a Bridal Joint and in particular a corner Bridal Joint

See attachment for verification

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 09-15-2015 08:31 AM

In fact I made some myself

Not Corner bridles but lap joints

-- Regards Rob

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