Arched doorway

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Project by cabinetmaster posted 05-24-2009 10:05 PM 4955 views 6 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at building an arched doorway. The doorway is made of walnut and has a walnut burl veneer on the panels. The doorway is 8’ tall, 48” wide and 32” deep. It was built in the shop, trimmed out and finshed. Then it was transported to the jobsite, set in place and the casing installed. We made a template of the doorway after taking on-site and then made the arched casing on our cnc router.

The achway itself was built after making a full sized jig, cutting the walnut to 4” wide and planing it down to 1/4” thick. I then bent and glued 3 pieces together to get to a full 3/4” thick. Each piece was made a little longer on each side so they could overlap the straight side pieces. The 3/4” side pieces were then routed to accept the laps from the arches. This seemed to make it very strong. By making these 2 arches and the cutting and pocket screwing the rails at bottom on each side and at the intesecting area for the upper panel, we was able to get our depth.

Our customer was very happy with the final resullts.

I’d appreciate any critiques good or bad.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#1 posted 05-24-2009 10:14 PM

wow… another impressive posting … my back aches just looking at the curves up so high … bet you worked yourself on this one >grinz<

makes me recall working with father in tween years. He was a bricklayer and we made arched forms for windows and doors in a mansion for a wealthy farmer in Iowa

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 10:17 PM

good !
for a first , i cant wait to see your work in say a week ?
you should be a old hand by then ?
exeptional , very profesional .
congradulations !

-- 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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#3 posted 05-24-2009 10:19 PM

Thanks Dan and Patron. It took me about 2 weeks off and on to complete this archway.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 05-24-2009 10:23 PM

Excellent job!

Did you use splines in the curved sections?

Is the molding bent, laminated or machined?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 05-24-2009 10:48 PM

This is one of those “how’d they do that?” projects for me. Awesome!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-24-2009 10:58 PM

Looks spectacular well done Jerry all of us can be inspired by you and the other expert woodworker here on LJs

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#7 posted 05-24-2009 11:23 PM

Your first archway. Well, then, how was your first walk on water? ;) I agree with others. I’d love to see how you did it.

-- tim hill

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#8 posted 05-24-2009 11:27 PM

Cool !! really wonderful work .I wish I was that good.Oh well perhaps someday.keep posting your work it encourages us mortal beings L O L Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 05-24-2009 11:42 PM

Superbly Done!

Alas…now I know how the rest of the world lives!

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#10 posted 05-25-2009 12:53 AM

Outstanding!!! I just love this , I agree with Charlie1958 (and all the other complements).

Great Job!!!!!!!!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#11 posted 05-25-2009 01:08 AM

Absolutely breathtaking, and boy do I mean that. This is beautiful!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#12 posted 05-25-2009 01:32 AM

WOW. Incredible craftsmanship.

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#13 posted 05-25-2009 03:22 AM

Critique? I could only learn from you. Just enjoying the show. Beautiful…..............

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

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#14 posted 05-25-2009 03:55 AM

Awesome work Jerry!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#15 posted 05-25-2009 03:58 AM

Thanks Les. I have learned a lot from your blog and am trying new things as they come along. My boss told me the other day that he wants to clone me 5 times then he would need no one else in the shop. Made me feel pretty good.

Again thanks for all the good comments.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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