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new life for an old bird #1: eagle inlayed door re-use

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Blog entry by patron posted 09-08-2009 04:13 PM 1923 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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this is a door i made 20 years ago , for my then new home .
i worked in a production cab. shop at the time ,
and built it after work in that shop ,
every morning one of the owner’s would say ,
” that’s a nice door , but get it out of here ,
we need the room ” . not really true , as it was stashed away in a corner of the shop .
so i was under pressure to finish it !
it is 3’ 6” x 6’ 8” x 1 3/4” ( 42” x 80” x 1 3/4” ) exterior entry door .
the frame is pine morticed and tenon with a 3/4” ply insert ,
and the inlay was done in 5/4” redwood and pine ,
then re-sawed inlaid in door and glued to both sides .
notice the eagle looking in different directions .
it was exposed to the weather ( rain , snow , and very hot new mexico sun ,
for 5 years , before we could build a porch and roof over it ,
thereby protecting it somewhat . after an amicable divorce ,
my ex wife started renting the house , and the ensuing renters
somehow proceeded to slowly destroy the front door .
10 years of this abuse , with me fixing it as i could ,
finally led to a new door and casing , that we (ex wife and i ) ,
made and installed . so i got this back , it’s pretty beat up , and the inlay is gapping somewhat .
i plan on patching it up and filling the gaps with epoxy , and after another sanding ,
sealing it in epoxy and making a stand for it that i can have the door rest in ,
and turn it over once a year to reveal both sides to the sun ,
it will make a great table for my 20’ x 50’ deck !
watch for future progress !
thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle



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Karson

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#1 posted 09-08-2009 04:19 PM

That’s a great door Dacid. Nice job on the creation and on the eventual restoration.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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mtnwild

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 04:21 PM

Very cool, you’re designing ability is top notch…....................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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GMman

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#3 posted 09-08-2009 04:42 PM

Great looking door well made too.

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rtb

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#4 posted 09-08-2009 04:54 PM

WOW

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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DuaneEDMD

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 04:59 PM

Great door, deserves to hang in a “proud” doorway.

-- --It's not how long you live, but how you live that makes it a life.--

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patron

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#6 posted 09-08-2009 05:03 PM

thanks guys ,
here is some detailing ,
i still have the full size pattern i made from poster board ,
draw it out full size , mark the color and put an arrow on each part ,
in the direction of the grain you want , cut with a razor knife ,
mark the parts and cut ,then fit them and glue ,
2 by 2 and then sections together , re-saw .
you still have a pattern if a part gets blown !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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huff

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 05:21 PM

David, Awesome! You never cease to amaze me with your talents. Hope you will show us some pics when it’s fully restored. Thanks.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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john

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 05:34 PM

Beautiful work David !!

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , https://www.facebook.com/groups/extremebirdhouses/

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stefang

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 05:57 PM

Amazing door David! I love arty doors and that sure is one. I don’t know how you will make a table out of it, but I’m sure it will be a nice one. Hope you show it when finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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kerflesss

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 06:15 PM

Great piece of art David, you are the master!

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#11 posted 09-08-2009 06:35 PM

David that is fantastic craftsmanship. Beautiful work indeed.

I cant wait to see the next step for it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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ellen35

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#12 posted 09-08-2009 07:27 PM

Wow! That is some door! I have always loved hand-made front doors. I designed mine and had it built in CA… you can imagine the shipping on that one!
David, you are an incredible craftsman. You design, create and, most importantly, share willingly.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Kent Shepherd

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#13 posted 09-08-2009 07:37 PM

Great work- your work always is! Keep it up

-- http://shepherdtoolandsupply.com/

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littlecope

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#14 posted 09-08-2009 08:32 PM

Phantasmic, David! Your work is always so inspired and inspiring!
Can’t hardly wait to see what comes next…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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degoose

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#15 posted 09-08-2009 11:03 PM

And I will add my two WOW’s

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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