Workshop Interior Doors #4: the parts go together

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 02-06-2013 12:16 AM 2483 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: the haunched mortise and tenon Part 4 of Workshop Interior Doors series Part 5: the glue-ups »

Before I cut my rails to length I make sure the exact size I need. I won’t go into the fractions, etc, because no one will have the same sizes as I have anyway, but it’s important to check that the doors will fit the opening with the hinge and a space between.

I laid my pieces out before putting the tenons on the ends of the rails. I also made sure my pieces of “panelling” would fit into the grooves in the rails.

Here is one of the rails with the haunched tenon ready to go. With this orientation it would go on the top, the bottom edge is grooved, but the top edge would not be grooved:

It fits into the door stile and the grooves line up. I am putting a plexiglass window in the top, I’ll get to that next time.

Here is a middle rail, it has tenons on both ends, and grooves on the top and bottom edges. (The middle two rails on each door do not have the haunch, that is only on the top and bottom rails)

This shows how the middle rail sits with the panel pieces fitting into each side:

I put it all together in a “dry run” to see if everything fits okay (not so easy for one person). I use my long clamps and pull it all together gradually.

Here is the first door propped in place (with the horns still on the top and bottom):

It was nice to see this progress, but I still have much more to do…

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 12:46 AM

Looking excellent – that wood paneling is working out just fine for your door panels.
I like Lassie, your shop helper too. Probably wondering where the dog door is going to go…

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 01:39 AM

Pretty dog – gotta like collies!

So why did you leave “the horns” on the styles? I’m sure you have a purpose for that, and since I’m no where as experiance in this field as you… I”ve not a clue.

Great work- kid!

-- Harold

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 01:45 AM

Looking good.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 01:54 PM

This is coming together great Julie. Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 02:21 PM

I like them!

-- Janice

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 01:22 PM

The “horns” prevent splitting of the stiles when cutting the mortises.
They’re sliced off when the door is finished.

Well, that’s what I think, anyway!


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#7 posted 02-11-2013 03:50 AM

Hi Julie: I’ve been reading your blogs with great interest, and absolutely love your attitude regarding building these over-sized doors yourself … because you can!! These special doors are going to look awesome, and I’m really looking forward to more blogs along the way!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 12:55 PM

Thanks again for the comments.

Harold, I did mention the horns in part 3: If possible when cutting your stiles, for strength while mortising, it’s best to leave a bit of extra length past where the mortise will go, these are called “horns” and can be cut off later As Don said, the large mortises are very near the top and bottom and leaving some extra “meat” there makes it stronger while you are mortising.

Elaine, thank you, I enjoy doing things like this myself, it gives me a lot of satisfaction. (PLUS, quite a few years ago there were many woodworkers who tried to dissuade me from making my own kitchen cabinet doors. I was told it was much cheaper to buy premade from one of the big box stores. Of course I made them anyway and enjoy seeing them in my kitchen every day!)

-- ~Julie~

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#9 posted 02-11-2013 09:33 PM

Hi Julie: Those misguided people obviously didn’t realize how very talented you were back then … and are!!!

Your comment reminded me of my very first display and sale of Marquetry pictures many years ago . My woodwork was greeted with scepticism by a number of men who passed by the stall, figuring I must have had my husband’s help to create these intricate wall hangings! Hubby is indeed a ‘Jack of All Trades’ ... but definitely no woodworker!! It frazzled, to find this such a common attitude among the male population … as though they felt somehow threatened.

Now … I hope no offence has been taken from the above statement … because, as stated, that was many years ago. It pleases me no end to see so many LumberJocks embracing women in the woodworking field … without prejudice. It feels very good to be considered ‘one of the Jocks’!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 02-11-2013 10:03 PM

Elaine, I still have men look at my work when I’m at the Farmer’s Market and ask if I made anything there. They seem to think I just do the painting! This happens so often I’m used to it. I’ve also had some funny/strange questions while shopping for tools, etc. Store workers think I’m there buying something for my husband, who like yours is a “Jack of All Trades” but not a cabinetmaker.

I also appreciate all the Lumberjocks that allow me to show my work here!

-- ~Julie~

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