Cabin door

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Project by MalcolmLaurel posted 01-15-2014 11:14 PM 1473 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recent postings on the “door” thread made me think of putting this up. It’s pretty crude, but I rather like it.

This is the back (bedroom) door of my cabin. Although it hopefully doesn’t look it, the bedroom is a new addition I built onto the 1920s era cabin. The vertical log slabs are American Chestnut, and original. For the addition, I was able to salvage additional log slabs from another cabin nearby that was flattened by a big snowstorm a few years ago and deemed not worth rebuilding.

My wife wanted a heavy door. It’s framed with 2×4s, skinned inside and out with 1/4” plywood. The logs around the window are nailed on just like the rest of the cabin siding, but the lower ones are attached with flat head screws from the inside, through the plywood. This allows the window (one of a bunch of old windows I got for free from a lady who was redoing the windows in her house) to slide down into the lower section of the door when I pull the pin holding it up. You can’t see it well, but the picture from the inside with the door closed shows the window down. The other windows you see are from the same batch, but are top hinged and pulled open by the cords you see, through pulleys and holes in the wall to cleats inside—which obviously wouldn’t work for the door.

The outside handle and thumb lever are mountain laurel. The lever goes through a slot and pivots in the middle; when you push down on the outside a brass rod inside lifts the latch bar out of the striker plate (those parts are all oak). All hardware is brass. Underneath the wooden latch is an off the shelf brass bolt that goes into the hole in the striker plate so I can lock it; there’s a steel angle reinforcing that section.

Some of the logs are pretty rough, but I wanted to preserve the original appearance as much as possible (building permit? What’s that?), even to the extent of reusing some of the old rusty nails where possible. I left the handle unfinished to let it weather for a couple of years, then I intend to put a transparent wood preservative on the entire cabin.

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 07:51 AM

love the rustic feel.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 12:12 AM

Love the look. Hope you keep thinking outside of the box. That is what seperates your look from others.

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