Simple Pine Door

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Project by WHIO_FSR posted 01-03-2016 04:59 PM 1250 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was meant to help me learn the in’s and out’s of the mortise & tenon joint. I didn’t have any experience with them, so a simple door seemed low-risk. It had been in the back of my mind for over a year, but I had some time off over the holidays and finally decided to give it a shot. Overall I’m very happy with the result, although I had to do more planing than I wanted…

The wood is cheap #2 pine. I face-glued two pieces to get the necessary thickness for the frame. Then, I used a plunge router for the mortises and a table saw/router table to cut the tenons. The interior panels fit together with simple tongue & groove style cuts using a router table.

These are the face-glued pieces used for the frame. A plunge router w/guide and 1/2” bit were used to cut the mortises.

After cutting the tenon shoulders to depth on a table saw, I used a 1/2” straight bit in a router table to gradually take material from the work piece. My benchtop bandsaw doesn’t have the capacity for this size cut, so the router table was my next choice. I’d appreciate tips for refining this part of the process. :-)

The frame test fit okay, but I immediately noticed that the mortises were ~1/16” off center. The way they were cut with the plunge router meant that I had to plane 1/16” off one side of each part of the frame.

Back at the router table, a 5/16” straight bit and simple jig were used to cut the tongue & groove style joints in the interior panels.

All the panels fit well, now It’s time for glue.

That’s it! Again, thanks for looking, and I welcome any tips the pro’s might have.

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#1 posted 01-03-2016 05:17 PM

Impressive, sounds like you learned alot during the process.

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#2 posted 01-05-2016 03:06 PM

Great looking door!

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#3 posted 10-27-2016 07:11 AM

Well, that seems to be a work of an expert, I don’t see that is somehow done by a newbie. I wish I do have any single idea about woodworking so I can also create or practice the way like that so I could end ordering doors at once we have repair needs to be done at our house.

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