"Carved" Screen Doors

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Project by robbinscabin posted 11-07-2008 03:43 AM 11586 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was on vacation when I saw some beautiful carved screen doors. I wanted one sooo badly but they were way out of my price range…So being a rather handy lady I went home and attempted to make myself a replica of the door. I was very happy with my first attempt. My hubby even took a picture to work with him to show to his co-workers. Next thing you know I’ve got an order for a double door featuring beavers (don’t ask me why! LOL). As soon as I finished that set I got another order for a third door. Ofcourse, every time I make a new door I feel that I’m getting a little better but… I have no idea what I’m doing!

I’m using an old Craftsman rotary tool that I inherited from my father-in-law. I have no idea what bits I should be using, what the bits real names are, or what they are supposed to be used for. I’ve been trying to look into powercarving online but I’m not sure what I’m looking for. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#1 posted 11-07-2008 03:55 AM

First of all, Welcome!!!!

Secondly, for someone who says they don’t know what they are doing- Keep It Up!!! you are really producing great looking doors!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-07-2008 04:13 AM


-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 11-07-2008 05:47 AM

Hay thats cool! I would never have thought of building a door that way…sometimes knowing what you are doing isn’t good for creativity.

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#4 posted 11-07-2008 05:49 AM

Great carving works and door variations!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 11-07-2008 06:18 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments and the warm welcome! I’m having a blast making them and I’m thinking of making hubby a gun cabinet using the same technique. Maybe for the holidays. First though, I’d like to figure out how to make a template so that I could cut some “drawing” time off the project. But again, I’m not sure how. I told you that I was really new at this… ;)

-- Robbinscabin,

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#6 posted 11-07-2008 10:16 PM

We have some great carvers on this site. Maybe one of them will help you. As to templates, take a look at past posts and you probably will find some help. By the way, those are some neat doors.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 11-08-2008 01:14 AM

lol I love it “I have no idea what I’m doing”.. yah.. uh huh.. did you look at your creations??? !!! What you are doing is making magnificent screen doors!!!!
SWEEEEEEEEEEEET. absolutely love them.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 11-09-2008 04:59 AM

Pretty nifty!

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#9 posted 11-09-2008 07:34 PM

WOW !!! Very impressive work for a “know nothin’ ” You’re one heck of an artist to say the least ! You must have an awesome imagination to design these works of art and then pick up a tool that is foriegn to you and just start carving away like that .... Keep up the great work and thank you for commenting on my MinWax review : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 12-06-2008 02:00 AM

Keep doing whatever you’re doing -it’s working out really well!

These are really cool!

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

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