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Project by riverguy posted 01-03-2016 04:08 AM 1483 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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#1 posted 01-03-2016 04:09 AM

Looks great.

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#2 posted 01-03-2016 05:53 AM

Very nice. The vertical grain fir is very pretty, and the door looks great.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#3 posted 01-03-2016 04:10 PM

Nice looking door! my wife wants me to make her a door soon, so I really appreciate the link. Looks awesome!

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#4 posted 01-03-2016 05:22 PM

Excellent work, looks great!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 01-03-2016 05:45 PM

So let me get this straight … you replaced a code required FIRE DOOR with a wooden one?! For asthetics? So you are putting pretty over safety?! ... does your family understand the risks of an intentional fire code violation? Do you know that your fire insurance is VOID if the fire enters thru your pretty door? Man you do nice work and all but this is stupid and dangerous.

M

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#6 posted 01-03-2016 05:54 PM

That is really nice looking.

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#7 posted 01-04-2016 02:07 AM

Nice looking door.

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#8 posted 01-04-2016 03:00 AM

Great door. Did you do the glass too?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#9 posted 01-04-2016 03:10 AM


So let me get this straight … you replaced a code required FIRE DOOR with a wooden one?! For asthetics? So you are putting pretty over safety?! ... does your family understand the risks of an intentional fire code violation? Do you know that your fire insurance is VOID if the fire enters thru your pretty door? Man you do nice work and all but this is stupid and dangerous.

M

- MadMark

Wow! Thanks for all the good advice, but I’ve survived my 78 years now by NOT living in fear. I’ve never experienced a house fire, nor do I know anyone personally who has. Not saying they don’t happen, but hey, I’m weighing the odds. Then unless my front yard somehow were to catch on fire (?), I can’t see how a fire would manage to “enter the house through my pretty door.” I’d say it’s a safe bet that very, very few fires enter through front doors. More likely, they start somewhere inside the house, right?

Then there’s the thing about where we live here in California’s Russian River area where the average age of houses is somewhere around 1960. Only the very few that have retro-fitted fire doors have them. The rest are wood, and few are 1-7/8” thick, very dense CVG fir like this one. We had the only steel door of any house on our street.

Why don’t they make highly-flammable composition roofing illegal? Lots of homes burn down because of embers alighting on a comp roof. Many of the California’s Lake County “Valley Wildfire” were burned from exactly that source. And more of the fires were started when the intense heat broke out windows and the flames just walked through the house. Can’t recall any where the fire came in through a front door.

One last thing to demonstrate how stupid (your word) I really am: All through the warm season, we keep our front and back doors wide open. Guess we better stop doing that, and while we’re at it, close all the windows, too.

riverguy

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.retro-industrial-chic.com

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#10 posted 01-04-2016 03:16 AM



Great door. Did you do the glass too?

- mbs


Thank you, and yes, I did the glass. I’ve been doing stained glass for many years. it’s my Zen time! It’s not a money-maker, but it is sure a peaceful way for me to spend a few hours!

riverguy

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.retro-industrial-chic.com

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#11 posted 01-05-2016 01:02 AM

Great looking front door! The stained glass really sets it off!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 01-07-2016 02:31 AM

Good first impressions – that’s what a visitor will have when they come knocking. In other words, NICE DOOR!

-- Doug

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