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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 01-27-2018 11:01 PM 1781 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: The Drawer Part 17 of • Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu series Part 18: Ambitious Endeavor Realized »

The Door Panel –
 
Now for the really hard part … an eight piece door panel. Having measured the rough opening in the upper case I created a full scale drawing …
 
               
 
… and positioned it inside the opening to double check the proportions. All is well. Now I just have to duplicate the drawing using eight little pieces of wood. Tools don’t fail me now!
 
               
 
By making this panel first, I can take up any slack within the stiles and rails. By design the stiles and top rail are 2” wide and the bottom rail is 2-1/2” wide. I have also planned for a 1/8” gap all around the door. If the eight piece panel doesn’t come out quite as planned, I can alter the stiles and rails slightly without altering the overall look. Besides, what’s a sixteenth or so amongst friends.
 
Using transfer paper, I made templates from card stock …
 

 
… and transferred the individual parts to pieces of walnut and Ambrosia maple.
 

 
After carefully cutting squarely to the lines …
 

 
… I had all eight parts. The maple has a nice curl that should really pop once boiled linseed oil is applied.
 
               
 
I then put 1/4” tongues on all three sides of the Ambrosia maple parts …
 
               
 
... and tongues and grooves on the walnut parts.
 
               
 
               
 
Each part was fitted to the rest and trimmed where needed.
 

 
And there you have it … an eight piece door panel. Before enclosing the panel with stiles and rails … all twenty-eight edges will be chamfered to add depth, and of course the walnut dyed.
 
               
 
I do believe I’m in the home stretch. I just might have this Prie Dieu completed before Easter. Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below:
 
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #1 - An Ambitious Endeavor

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #2 - To the File Box!

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #3 - Barley Twist Split Spindle

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #4 - A Secret Drawer

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #5 - Butterflies & Trim

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #6 - Gadrooning

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #7 - The Right Color

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #8 - Onward & Upward

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #9 - On the Rail

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #10 – Panels Rising

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #11 – Panel Risen

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #12 – Upper Case

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #13 - Two Become One

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #14 - Click … Swoosh

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #15 – The Top

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #16 – The Drawer

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #17 – The Door Panel

Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #18 – Ambitious Endeavor Realized



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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 01-28-2018 12:35 AM

Gosh, that’s going to be a pretty door. How did you decide the ratio in the pieces? They don’t quite look like even thirds, maybe 3/8, 2/8, 3/8? Pleasing to the eye, whatever it ended up being.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Kelster58

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#2 posted 01-28-2018 12:35 AM

This is very nice!! When I have a large project going, I try to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per day work on it. Often times I do more but I try to commit to 2 hours. What is your strategy?

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Dan Wolfgang

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#3 posted 01-28-2018 01:57 AM

Wow, Ron! That door is fantastic! Did you have to do much fiddling to get the eight pieces to fit together well? Or, does it not need to be perfect because the chamfered edge will hide some minor misalignments?

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 01-28-2018 03:11 AM

This door is the heart and soul of woodworking, offering new challenges and opportunities to incorporate into your work your craftsmanship and sharpen your skills. The result – a great deal of satisfaction. Great work, I’m sure you enjoyed every minute of the process.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Jim Rowe

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#5 posted 01-28-2018 11:05 AM

Onwards and upwards! Great progress. I’m sure you will finish it by Easter.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Daniel Solowiej

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#6 posted 01-28-2018 11:39 AM

This is truly fine and beautiful, and the amazing thing: You have appeared in one of the pictures!

-- Daniel Solowiej, Argentina, https://www.youtube.com/user/danielsolowiej

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 01-28-2018 01:29 PM


Gosh, that s going to be a pretty door. How did you decide the ratio in the pieces? They don t quite look like even thirds, maybe 3/8, 2/8, 3/8? Pleasing to the eye, whatever it ended up being.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave. Actually, I started out with true thirds across the horizontal, and used that same measurement for the maple piece along the vertical. I was only after fitting the center that I had to shave a bit off of the maple pieces.
 
               


This is very nice!! When I have a large project going, I try to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per day work on it. Often times I do more but I try to commit to 2 hours. What is your strategy?

- Kelster58

Thanks, Kelly. What is my strategy? Well, a lot depends on the weather. Overcast days are not friend … too dark to see. If the weather is nice, I’m in the shop. Being retired affords me lots of time to be in there … after vacuuming, sweeping the stairs, and cleaning up the bathrooms and kitchen … as my bride still has a nine to five … LOL!


Wow, Ron! That door is fantastic! Did you have to do much fiddling to get the eight pieces to fit together well? Or, does it not need to be perfect because the chamfered edge will hide some minor misalignments?

- Dan Wolfgang

Thanks, Dan. Yes, a great deal of fiddling took place! I tried to follow the lines as best I could with that 7 ppi rip saw but … well … a sharp line on paper and a monster saw kerf are two different things! But yes, I hope the chamfered edges will hide the misalignments.
 
               


This door is the heart and soul of woodworking, offering new challenges and opportunities to incorporate into your work your craftsmanship and sharpen your skills. The result – a great deal of satisfaction. Great work, I m sure you enjoyed every minute of the process.

- Oldtool

Thanks, Tom. Considering the tools used, I am very satisfied with the end result. I envisioned this panel from day one and have fretted over it since. I think now I’ll just smile and move on to the next task!


Onwards and upwards! Great progress. I m sure you will finish it by Easter.
Jim

- Jim Rowe

Thanks, Jim. Yes, now that the hard part is behind me, completion is just around the corner!


This is truly fine and beautiful, and the amazing thing: You have appeared in one of the pictures!

- Daniel Solowiej

Thanks, Daniel. My appearance has to be credited to the Pop-Socket  on my phone and the fact that a tenon saw takes but one hand to operate … LOL!

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 01-28-2018 02:06 PM

Looking back at some of the blogs I see you are making nice progress. It’s going to be one heck of a piece when finished.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Ron Aylor

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#9 posted 01-28-2018 02:09 PM



Looking back at some of the blogs I see you are making nice progress. It s going to be one heck of a piece when finished.

- doubleDD

Thanks, Dave. Yes, this one will be hard to give away!

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stefang

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#10 posted 01-28-2018 04:25 PM

Wonderful and creative!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Ron Aylor

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#11 posted 01-28-2018 06:32 PM


Wonderful and creative!

- stefang

Thank you, Mike!

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 01-28-2018 08:23 PM

Thanks, Dave. Actually, I started out with true thirds across the horizontal, and used that same measurement for the maple piece along the vertical. I was only after fitting the center that I had to shave a bit off of the maple pieces.

Ahh. “Thirds with a fudge-factor.” Makes sense, and as I said, it looks good to my eye, so there it is.

I’m a little jealous of the shop time you get, being retired. I had to hurry to wrap things up yesterday because we had dinner plans, and had to run to Rockler for red TransTint today and I probably won’t get any more significant progress until next weekend. But with a Valentine’s Day present in the works, I had to get the dye for the first bit of pore-filling.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#13 posted 01-28-2018 09:27 PM


Thanks, Dave. Actually, I started out with true thirds across the horizontal, and used that same measurement for the maple piece along the vertical. I was only after fitting the center that I had to shave a bit off of the maple pieces.

Ahh. “Thirds with a fudge-factor.” Makes sense, and as I said, it looks good to my eye, so there it is.

I m a little jealous of the shop time you get, being retired. I had to hurry to wrap things up yesterday because we had dinner plans, and had to run to Rockler for red TransTint today and I probably won t get any more significant progress until next weekend. But with a Valentine s Day present in the works, I had to get the dye for the first bit of pore-filling.

- Dave Polaschek

Depending on the weather I can get upwards of eight hours a day in the shop. I had none today due to the rain. It was just too dark. I needed to finish Dan Brown’s new book Origin, anyway! Valentine’s Day present in the works, huh? I guess that explains the red TransTint. LOL! You should give the red wine trick a go one day. Thanks again, Dave.

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Dave Polaschek

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#14 posted 01-29-2018 01:28 AM

I thought about the red wine trick, but until last July, you couldn’t buy wine on a Sunday here in MN, so I didn’t even think of trying to get some this morning. Plus I think the TransTint will work better mixed with the white pore-filler. For the inside of the curves in red oak, I figured that was a quicker solution to filling the pores. I’ll definitely be posting the project when it’s done, but it might be right down to the wire.

Sounds like a good day for you, even without shop time.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#15 posted 01-29-2018 12:02 PM



I thought about the red wine trick, but until last July, you couldn t buy wine on a Sunday here in MN, so I didn t even think of trying to get some this morning. Plus I think the TransTint will work better mixed with the white pore-filler. For the inside of the curves in red oak, I figured that was a quicker solution to filling the pores. I ll definitely be posting the project when it s done, but it might be right down to the wire.

Sounds like a good day for you, even without shop time.

- Dave Polaschek

Sounds intriguing … can’t wait! Funny thing about laying on the couch to read, though … every time I do I fall asleep … I’ll never finish this book!

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