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Forum topic by hydepark posted 01-19-2008 06:10 PM 1272 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2008 06:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shaping cherry router

I’m thinking of making some new interior doors for our club. 1 3/8” x 36” – cherry. Looked at some Freud router kits, about $200. Any suggestions as to methods, problems to avoid or should I even bother. I am an amature but have done some projects that I’m satisfied with.

-- JoeS

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#1 posted 01-19-2008 06:18 PM

Hollow core doors would be easy. Solid doors you have to worry about a lot more things.
Warping being the main one. Use the most stable lumber you can find.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-20-2008 03:52 AM

I would like to try to make a couple of doors, one from red cedar (mt. juniper) and one from blue stain ponderosa pine. The juniper (some call it aromatic cedar) dries straight and very little sweep or warp. The pondersoa is about the same. Solid or veneer? I have the logs-sawmill-vertical bandsaw and enough toys to do it. But….never done it before. Hydepark, please post pics of your progress.


Kevin Davis
Ruff Cutts
Salem, UT

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#3 posted 01-20-2008 05:30 AM

I have the FREUD set, and am about to try making some doors for the basement of my new shop. They will be Cypress, and the stock is all aged & milled up and cut to size .. just need to do the rail/stile joints and make some deeper mortises. I’ll let you know how they turn out .. I should get them done this week or next.

The bits are a bit pricey, but VERY well made & matched.

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#4 posted 01-20-2008 11:22 AM

Sounds like a big project. Please blog it if you do it.

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#5 posted 01-20-2008 04:15 PM

The freud router bits are made for “cabinet doors”, not “passage” doors. As a rule the coped mortise and coped tenon are 3/8” long which IMHO are barely long enough for a cabinet door, let alone a passage door.

I have hung hundreds of passage doors in my life. The only two jobs I did where the supplier of the passage doors were done with 3/8” tenons….......both projects the doors fell apart. Not to mention several people bringing the doors over to be re-built and refinished.

If you are indeed making “passage” doors then you might consider making two doors, 5/8” thick and then glueing the two slabs together…........seen it done and it works quite well. In the event you are making cabinet doors then disregard everything I wrote.

Good Luck

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#6 posted 01-21-2008 12:33 AM

Finehomebuilding has a few good articles about building doors. Their door and window book contains some of the hits.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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