Workshop Interior Doors #6: the large door

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 02-21-2013 06:12 PM 2247 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: the glue-ups Part 6 of Workshop Interior Doors series Part 7: hinging the doors »

Gluing the large door stumped me for a while, as I tried to figure out the order of gluing the parts together.

Because there is a center stile (vertical piece) and that piece has tenons on each end, I have to glue that center stile into the top and bottom before I put the two outer side stiles on.

After much thought, this is the order I glued the pieces together.

First I glued the two right-side rails to the center stile as seen here in red:

Then I glued the two left-side rails to the center stile as seen in blue:

This was really getting unwieldy and my clamps were not long enough, but I hooked a few together to get the parts glued.

The next step was to glue the top and bottom rails on, seen here in green:

Now, I could slide in the panel pieces to one side as I did with the three smaller doors:

And then glue on one side stile as seen in orange:

After this, I glue the other side in the same way. I don’t have any photos of this door in glue-up mode, most likely because it was a big struggle and I was frustrated. But anyway, it worked out well.


Next I will hinge and hang the doors!

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 02-21-2013 08:11 PM

its a beautiful door, did you think about staining the styles and rails darker and leave the panels natural , just a thought…great job…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 09:10 PM

The stiles and rails have yet to be coated in polyurethane. I have already done the panels because they had to fit inside. This way when they change size with the seasons, all the tongues are coated as well and they can move inside the panel area.

-- ~Julie~

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 03:35 AM

Well Julie, I admire your thought process! I have been stumbling over the simplest basic box frame for my next project … pulling my hair out over them sitting square :( ... and here you are into mega mind-melding over the gluing up of these very large and remarkable doors!! I’ve been eagerly awaiting this newest blog, and of course am totally impressed!!! Will patiently await your next blog! :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 04:03 AM

Great Job. I will keep your great drawings for future reference. The door are beautiful.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 04:27 AM

It’s a BIG Jig Saw puzzle. Looking good, kid!

-- Harold

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#6 posted 02-22-2013 04:32 PM

Good idea on finishing the panels before assembly, keeps those unfinished bits from ruining the look of the
finished item. The only problem with assembling this way is that it is hard to keep space balls or bars in
place when you slide the panels in, and they do help stop panel rattle. One more reason why you can never
have too many clamps, and second set of hands to help on these big awkward problems. Thank you for

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 02-22-2013 08:34 PM

Good work and a very nice looking door.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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