Entry Closet Project #1: Exciting Progress

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 12-18-2007 06:49 AM 2590 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another Step Closer…

Tonight, I sprayed the final coat of lacquer and painted the groove in the door black.

Tomorrow I will hang the door first thing in the morning. The overnight dry time will allow the finish to cure sufficiently so that it may be handled with a hard finish.

Entry Closet Door

I installed the small door a few days ago and it went smoothly. The small door only weighs 48 lbs. The big one is 108 lbs. and keep in mind it is a hollow core door.

Entry Closet

Want More?

Go to this link and click on the album labeled “Cooper Closet”
I am still adding photos daily and there are 215 photos over several pages.

If you are new to woodworking you may find this visually informative. This project has been documented step-by-step for the clients to follow along. You will see everything from design to general construction, veneering, hollow core door fabrication, dye work, and finishing.

Outa Here…

Well I better get going and get rested up for a big day of install tomorrow.

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

9 comments so far

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 12-18-2007 07:01 AM

It’s looking great! Congratulations on your progress! Are you going to get home soon?

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#2 posted 12-18-2007 07:15 AM

Wow. Gorgeous and impeccable craftsmanship as always, Todd. 108 lbs. is a hefty door indeed. Good luck with the install.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#3 posted 12-18-2007 07:52 AM

Todd, I just reviewed all 215 slides. Thank you for the in-depth presentation of your process. Fantastic.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#4 posted 12-18-2007 11:26 AM

Man, that is impressive! You really do nice work.

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#5 posted 12-18-2007 03:25 PM

Can’t wait to see the finished products Todd. Did you hire a dedicated photogrpher to follow you around while you work? That’s a lot of pictures on your website…

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#6 posted 12-18-2007 04:04 PM

Heck, Todd they didn’t even let you finish it before the started to use it. LOL You are realy brave to hold that can of paint over that beautiful door. Ol’ Murphy would have got me good for that. I have to be very careful because if there is a way to screw it up I will. All in all, this has to rank as one of your all time great projects. It has come to completion as expected and maybe even better. I’m glad you got this opportunity to really show how well you can do it. Thanks for all the photos. I’m sure there is plenty of information I can use in the future.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 12-18-2007 04:37 PM

Thanks guys, I just hope everyone can get something out of sharing the photos.

Sgt Lobo – I leave the camera on the tripod in the shop. The clients wanted to follow the construction and I ended up taking more photos than either party anticipated. But I have to say they love it and I am not sorry for the number of photos taken either.

The shots are real but I have to take them myself. When you start taking a lot of them it just becomes part of the project. You become familiar with the camera settings and the light conditions so it becomes easy.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 12-18-2007 04:40 PM

Todd, this was fantastic to watch. Thanks for sharing. You do such excellent work.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 12-18-2007 08:21 PM

Beautiful work Todd. You sure are an expert.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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