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Elevator Door? #1: Cherry Door

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Blog entry by Lee A. Jesberger posted 2212 days ago 1620 reads 0 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi All;

Recently a client wanted a door made for his condo. The strange part of that was the fact it was installed in front of an elevator door.

Since the condo occupied the entire floor, the elevator opened up to his foyer and offered a view of a large part of his living space. Anybody riding in the elevator had a good look around. In addition, since he travels a lot, he didn’t want the maintenance guys to have unlimited access to his space.

So we made him a Cherry door and frame. The frame was laminated to the steel elevator jamb.

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jeanmarc

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#1 posted 2212 days ago

very beautiful manufacture and a perfect completion .good work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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ChicoWoodnut

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#2 posted 2212 days ago

Nice Lee. I guess you’re serious about the professional door maker thing huh? I’ll bet that big milling equipment is a necessity for that kinda work.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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Bigbuck

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#3 posted 2212 days ago

Very nice, I have alyays thought it would be neat to make your own doors.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 2212 days ago

Hi jeanmarc;

Thank you for your compliments.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 2212 days ago

Hi Chico;

Thank you.

Oh yeah, dead serious about making doors. Although usually it’s cabinet doors.

Typical home shop equipment will work fine, just not as quickly.

Freud has just come out with an exterior door set that allows full tenons. The top of the bit is removable which permits tenons as long as you’d like.

The set is designed for router tables. I have Freud door sets that are twenty years old, work quite well, and have never been sharpened!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 2212 days ago

Hi Bigbuck;

It is pretty cool to be able to make any type of door you would like.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Roger Strautman

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#7 posted 2212 days ago

Lee that is one very nice looking door. I always liked cherry wood; I guess it’s the visual depth that one can achieve with a natural finish on it. Thanks for sharing!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Russel

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#8 posted 2212 days ago

Great door, and a novel installation. Not only does it maintain privacy, but it hides that ugly elevator.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Scott Bryan

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#9 posted 2212 days ago

Lee,

This is a gorgeous door and it really helps hide the elevator door. Great job.

I assume that you are using lag screws or to support the door for finishing. This is a nice idea. I have typically used 3” screws but this approach is simply not flexible enough. The next time I am finishing a door I will have to take your approach and use longer lag screws for support.

By the way what finish routine did you use on the door?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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trifern

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#10 posted 2212 days ago

Great solution. The cherry is beautiful and is finished well. Thanks for sharing Lee.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Karson

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#11 posted 2212 days ago

Lee: You told me the story and the results are beautiful. A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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tenontim

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#12 posted 2212 days ago

Very nice looking solution to an eye sore, Lee. Beautiful job on the fit and finish. I’m finishing up a front door for my house. As soon as I find the glass I need I’ll post it. Thanks for your post.

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Bob #2

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#13 posted 2212 days ago

She’s a beauty Lee:
It’s always tougher building into a controlled space like that elevator opening. ( Lots of measurements)
Your door trim joints and the reveal are really spot on.
Did you use PL400 for the laminate?

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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motthunter

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#14 posted 2212 days ago

Great job. Doors are a challenge and you do it well.

-- making sawdust....

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lance

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#15 posted 2212 days ago

Beautiful! Beautiful! Not that we expected anything else.

Are they nails you used to hold the door, while working on it?

Have a great day,

-- Bob Lance, DE

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