Utility room doors

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Project by Dorje posted 06-29-2007 05:34 AM 3016 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a quick and dirty project to replace a door that swings into our teeny utility room (laundry, sink, furnace, water heater). These will fold out. I made this bi-fold door set for the utility room and as prototypes for two closet door sets that’ll take 4 doors each. They are fir frames with haunched mortise and tenons pegged with walnut, and have birch ply panels. For the closets, I’ll probably use VG fir ply panels, and tighter grained VG fir stock for the frames.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 06-29-2007 05:39 AM

Thanks for the comments you post on my projects Dorje….you do very nice work. Where in Seattle do you live? My Aunt and Sister both live up there and I spent a little bit of time in Bellingham.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#2 posted 06-29-2007 05:40 AM

Very nice. Did you make your own pegs? Also, nice cross pein hammer. Mind if I inquire as to your source for it?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-29-2007 06:00 AM

very cool doors…cant wait to see the closets!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 06-29-2007 06:13 AM

Very nice. I want to see them installed.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#5 posted 06-29-2007 06:19 AM

Dorje -

Very nice work! Nice joinery. These will look great when installed. I enjoyed the glimpses of you tools in the background.


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#6 posted 06-29-2007 07:14 AM

Steffen – I’m in North Seattle, in the Mapleleaf neighborhood. I lived in Bellingham for three years. I like it up there a lot. But, I’m from Seattle, so this is really home. What part/s of town does your aunt and sister live in?

Wayne – Nope. Not my own pegs; I had some 1/4” walnut dowel stock that I used. That Warrington pattern hammer, I think I got that at Hardwicks (our local gem of a hardware store – you know the kind…). They have never had a good sales end to their website – unfortunately.

Matt – Not sure when I’ll get to the closets. I have to side (and paint?) the house this summer!

John and David – I’ll try to get some pics posted after these are finished and installed…They’re going into an opening that’s about 30” wide and the header is out of level by something like 3/4”-1”! Time does wonderful things for buildings!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 06-29-2007 07:16 AM

Beautiful work…get some finish on those babies and show them again…very nice.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 06-29-2007 07:32 AM

Will do! You think I should’ve waited til they were “complete?” I was just excited to post another project!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 06-29-2007 07:38 AM

Thanks Dorje. I have several of the hammers I have purchased off of the UK ebay site. I’m still looking for a medium sized one. Good ones are hard to come by.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 06-30-2007 12:59 AM

Dorje, no don’t wait ‘til a project is complete – I’d much rather look at work-in-progress pictures – like David often shows us.

Nice work, by the way.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 06-30-2007 01:21 AM

Those are very nice. Much nicer than you could have purchased anywhere else. Thanks for posting.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 06-30-2007 02:34 AM

Good work Dorje, I know what you mean about old houses. Never a square corner in the places or a level floor. I had a pretty good old mentor when I first started construction that told me when you find a situation like that to just make things look copesetic or perpendicular to the horizon, in other words, toss the level away, stand back and if it looks good, nail it. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 06-30-2007 05:51 AM

Thanks guys!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 06-30-2007 06:50 AM

Dorje, excellent work as always. Keep the postings coming, preferably in stages so I can learn as you go.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#15 posted 06-30-2007 12:46 PM

the doors are beautiful. beautiful. beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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