Entry Closet Project #4: Project Moving Forward

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 12-19-2007 06:30 AM 2479 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I installed the big door today with a helping hand. The careful planning paid big dividends in an incredibly smooth and accurate install.

Before doing the veneer work, I installed and fitted the doors. The doors were then taken to the shop and finished. The hinges were numbered and went back into the same locations. This meant that the final install required no additional adjustment. This is what I call jobsite theory, and it worked out this time.

Doors Installed

Getting a handle on it…

Now it is time to fabricate the dual copper handles. They will be bent to follow the contour of the design in the doors. I made a bending jig with a pattern on the leading edge to measure the work against. The design is also drawn on the board and followed for the bending process.

Bending Handle

I do not consider myself a metal worker, but it has great potential to go with my wood designs. So I had to figure out how to bend the solid copper rods. The basic principals are not too hard to figure out. The most important one here is consistent and even support for the metal during the bending process. The finished product seemed to turn out good and held the shape quit well on its own.

Copper Handle

More work…

The clients love the doors and want to change the lighting in the ceiling to better show the work. The recessed cans were not placed with this project in mind. This was not part of the original plans when we built the house. So now I will be taking care of changing the lights.

To see the full progress click on “Cooper Closet” at this link

I have been posting everything in the .Mac gallery and on LJ’s but I need to get my website updated. It just goes to show how you guys rate!

I’m outta here-

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 12-19-2007 06:50 AM

Todd -

The door looks great! Very interesting to see how the copper rods are bent to form the handle. Copper is going to be a wonderful accent to the door and home.



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#2 posted 12-19-2007 07:07 AM

Beautiful Todd…they’re gorgeous. With the handles, this will be one slick project.


-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#3 posted 12-19-2007 08:44 AM

Pretty amazing Todd! Will you ever get to go home?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 12-19-2007 11:54 AM

Veri nice.

-- Jiri

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#5 posted 12-19-2007 12:10 PM

Jeez Todd, that is exquisite.

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#6 posted 12-19-2007 12:19 PM


almost done…. almost home?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 12-19-2007 12:24 PM

Them is some doors! Remarkable work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 12-19-2007 02:20 PM

I am certain that I will not be home for Christmas but maybe for New Year’s. It seems the faster I run, the farther the finish line gets from me.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 12-19-2007 02:21 PM

then quit running!!!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 12-19-2007 02:34 PM

an elegant mixture of art and craftsmanship ! and that statement is a patch that dosent cover the hole . that is what makes you the american craftsman ! happy holidays to you and yours .

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#11 posted 12-19-2007 03:52 PM

This is beyond the call of duty and a very exceptional piece. Go home for Christmas, you deserve it. This can wait.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 12-19-2007 04:33 PM

This house seems to be pretty-much full-time employment judging by all the jobs there you have done. The owners should just have you on retainer! :) As always, beautiful work that is inspiring to look at.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#13 posted 12-19-2007 05:04 PM

Very, very nice indeed. Wish I had enough cash to hire you :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#14 posted 12-19-2007 05:07 PM

Todd, you are an Artist-Craftsman. I watched your photo record of your work on this particular project earlier today. It was an impressive show of skill, confidence, and art, congratulations on on bring it together on this significant piece of art.


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#15 posted 12-19-2007 07:49 PM

Thanks for all the comments. It has been intensely stressful at times. A screw up would be totally devastating to the work I have done and the very expensive materials that are involved.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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