|Project by riverguy||posted 01-03-2016 04:08 AM||1504 views||9 times favorited||12 comments|
Our home had one of those required-by-code steel firedoor, certainly unfitting for the home of a woodworker! So I designed and built a replacement out of some CVG KD fir. It has a stained-glass window that I designed and built in my glass studio (another passion) and uses floating inset panels. They “float” on neoprene “spaceballs,” a very cool invention! In out Northern California climate that varies from the low 30s to triple-digits in the summer, those inset panels can expand and shrink as much as necessary and they always remain centered in their openings. The stiles and rails are joined with tenons. No metal hardware was used at all. The door is finished with four coats of marine spar varnish. This is the first (of many) doors that I have ever made that I was able to hang straight out of the shop with no adjustments at all! I can thank the new hinge-mortising jig for that!
For some photos and description of how this whole project came together, please visit: http://www.retro-industrial-chic.com/door_anatomy.html
-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.retro-industrial-chic.com