Workshop Interior Doors #8: hanging the doors

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 03-08-2013 04:40 PM 1491 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally hanging the doors is the next step in this long process.

I stand my doors in the opening they will go and put them on a flat scrap of wood, just enough to give the clearance under the door that I want. I use about 1/8” – 3/16” up off the floor. Then I mark the top and bottom of the hinge recesses I’ve already cut out on the doors. I tape a hinge onto the door frame at the correct spot and trace around it with a pencil:

Then I carefully cut around the pencil marks, to a depth of about 1/16”, with a sharp knife:

As I showed in the previous post, my router bit was set to the thickness of the hinge:

Then, I routered out the space by hand being very careful to stay inside the cut lines. I could have tried to clamp some type of stop blocks on the frame, as I did for the doors, but I didn’t do that.

This was a little difficult to do the top hinges, since I had to stand on a chair, but anyway…

I was very careful and watched through the opening in the router base to see where I was:

I cleaned up the uneven spots and squared up the corners with a chisel and the hinge fits right in:

My dogs watched the process intently!

These are hinges with removable pins so I screwed each hinge side to the doors and the other side to the frames. Then I lined them up and dropped the pins in.

I have not finished the door rails and stiles with polyurethane yet, just the panels and the door frames, so the colour is different, but here’s the doorway between my shop and my front room:

and here is the doorway between my shop and my husband’s garage:

Now I need to make some door stops, the narrow strips on the door frame that doors butt up against when closed. Also I have to cut the windows and make strips to hold them in.

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 06:49 PM

beautiful doors Julie, you did a down right perfect job, and i love your doggies…are they Shelties or collies….im guessing Shelties…but they are beautiful…i love animals…those doors will be something to admire each time you pass on by…grizz

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

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 06:55 PM

These are rough collies, the blue merle is a male, Billy… official name is “Follow Your Heart” and the sable is a female, Twister, official name is “Twisted Magic.” As much as I love them, their hair in my finishes does not make me happy! LOL

-- ~Julie~

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 04:28 PM

Totally beautiful doors Julie!! And many thanks for the tutorial blogging throughout. That was great to watch and easy to follow. I love your ‘admiration society’ Billy and Twister!
So Julie … what do you plan to put in the windowed areas?!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 03:08 AM

Nice work, kid. And beautiful dogs too!

-- Harold

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