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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 02-01-2018 10:06 PM 1806 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ambitious Endeavor Realized –
 
I did it! After 426 hours, my ambition became a reality. Once the eight part door panel came together, all it needed was stiles and rails …
 
               
 
Sorry for the bad photo … when they say do not shoot photos with the sun in front … I guess they mean it!
 
With the stiles and rails cut, mortises and tenons cut and fitted … it was a quick clamp up to drill for pins …
 
               
 
… and I had a door … whew! Before inserting the pins, I dyed the walnut with a my concoction of 4 ounces of General Finishes Medium Brown Dye/Stain (straight out of the can) diluted with 1-1/2 ounces of water.
 
And … Voilà!
 
               
 
Now don’t mind that gap to the right of the door … those hinges are just held in place with tape … they still need to be inset. LOL!
 
I am very pleased with how this Prie Dieu turned out. At this point all that is needed is a few coats of boiled linseed oil, perhaps a coat of shellac, and a coat of beeswax. Click here to see the finished Prie Dieu.
 
Thank you all for the thoughtful comments and support along the way … it was very much appreciated.
 

 
 
 
 
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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#1 posted 02-01-2018 10:18 PM

Very nicely done, Ron. And done before Lent, even!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 02-01-2018 10:26 PM


Very nicely done, Ron. And done before Lent, even!

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave. Well, there is the finish yet to go, and I’ll miss ten days this month … taking my bride to Alaska to see the Northern Lights! So, if the weather is on my side … I’ll definitely deliver before Easter. Thanks again!

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#3 posted 02-01-2018 10:58 PM

You are truly a master craftsman. There are not many who can do what you have done, and without power tools. Next time I drink a Guinness, I will remember you.

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#4 posted 02-01-2018 11:20 PM



You are truly a master craftsman. There are not many who can do what you have done, and without power tools. Next time I drink a Guinness, I will remember you.

- MrRon

Thanks for your kinds words, Mr. Ron. As to the Guinness … all things in moderation, my friend, all things in moderation!

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#5 posted 02-02-2018 12:24 AM

That is outstanding. Very nice. Great to be able to go on your get away to Alaska knowing this project is done. Hope you have much fun….............Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!!!

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

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#6 posted 02-02-2018 12:40 AM

Ahh, I always underestimate the time finishing takes. I figure it takes about 15 minutes for a thin coat of shellac to dry, so I should be able to wrap up finishing in an afternoon or two. Never quite works out that way in reality.

Have a great trip to Alaska, Ron!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 02-02-2018 02:43 AM

Really nice Ron, that door came out looking fantastic. Beautiful work, and it reflects the enjoyment you have while creating it.

How did you create the raised fields on each of the 8 panel sections? Hand plane? Looks sweet.

-- "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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#8 posted 02-02-2018 03:01 AM

That’s an impressive result! Thanks for taking us along on the ride!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 02-02-2018 11:20 AM



That is outstanding. Very nice. Great to be able to go on your get away to Alaska knowing this project is done. Hope you have much fun….............Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!!!

- Kelster58

Thanks, Kelly. Never been to Alaska … can’t wait!

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#10 posted 02-02-2018 11:21 AM



Ahh, I always underestimate the time finishing takes. I figure it takes about 15 minutes for a thin coat of shellac to dry, so I should be able to wrap up finishing in an afternoon or two. Never quite works out that way in reality.

Have a great trip to Alaska, Ron!

- Dave Polaschek

All true, but the bee’s wax will take some time. Thanks again, Dave!

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Ron Aylor

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#11 posted 02-02-2018 11:23 AM



Really nice Ron, that door came out looking fantastic. Beautiful work, and it reflects the enjoyment you have while creating it.

How did you create the raised fields on each of the 8 panel sections? Hand plane? Looks sweet.

- Oldtool


Thanks, Tom. Yes, I beveled the eight panel parts with a thumb plane … being very careful not to break the tips of the panels.

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#12 posted 02-02-2018 11:23 AM



That s an impressive result! Thanks for taking us along on the ride!

- sras

Thank you, Steve, my pleasure!

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#13 posted 02-02-2018 02:27 PM

Now that it’s finished it looks terrific. Well worth all your efforts.
Jim

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

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#14 posted 02-02-2018 02:52 PM



Now that it s finished it looks terrific. Well worth all your efforts.
Jim

- Jim Rowe

Thanks you, Jim. It was quite the enjoyable build. I’m really pleased with the barley twist split spindle and the eight panel door.

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#15 posted 02-02-2018 04:46 PM

Great work Ron!!! You are the master of hand tools! And what is this about going to Alaska? I must have missed something.

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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