Sunflower Screen Door

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Project by robbinscabin posted 09-12-2009 12:56 AM 2035 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of the doors I have done have had a wildlife theme to them so I was pleasantly surprised when my neighbor asked me to make a garden themed door featuring her favorite flower—the sunflower. Her other request was that it not have a lower section of screen as her dog would damage it. So I sat down to work up a template. I do most of my template work on the computer. I just find it easier to move things around until I’m satisfied with the design.

On the template I was able to mimic a garden trellis and her “Rose of Sharon” that are in her garden while adding the “gate” to keep her dog inside. When I showed her the template I suggested that maybe she’d prefer to have Welcome across the gate instead of more flowers. She loved the idea. Other than that small change I am really pleased by how much the door resembles the original template. I find it eases my mind when I work…less worrying “will they like this or that”...

When I delivered the door she became a bit emotional. She recently lost her mother (92 years old) and she said, “I didn’t realize that you were going to have a bluebird on the door. My mother always called then, “The bluebird of happiness.” Now when I see it I’ll think of her and how she loved this garden because the bluebird of happiness will always be here.” It was very touching.

So far the best part of building these screen doors is the reactions from the people who order them. They all seem to be great stories.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 01:58 AM

Wow, I guess you have kept busy. Two doors since last time you posted. I’m sure it makes it easier to have your design approved so there won’t be any issues when you deliver it. Nice collaboration between you and your neighbor on the design. Thanks for sharing the stories that go with your projects.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 02:40 AM

My wifes favorite flower too. shed like that.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#3 posted 09-12-2009 02:43 AM

Seems like a lot of ladies really like this door…and a lot of hubbies say, “Not on MY house”. It may be a bit girly for their tastes! LOL.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#4 posted 09-12-2009 01:02 PM

Very nice, nothing like that at LOWE’S

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 09-12-2009 01:57 PM

and the voice said, “include a bluebird” and you listened. Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 09-12-2009 02:15 PM

Well, as long as the “voice” isn’t saying to rob a bank or beat my hubby…I do usually try to listen. LOL.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#7 posted 09-12-2009 02:45 PM

Beautiful work, lots of nice details.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 09-13-2009 02:08 AM

As always, remarkable. Having been away for long parts of this summer(?) I hoped that I hadn’t missed any of your projects, and I see that I haven’t

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 09-13-2009 02:52 AM

special door for sure

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#10 posted 05-12-2011 07:57 PM

Very Coooooooool !!!

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#11 posted 05-12-2011 08:18 PM

Thanks Fish! Coming from you that is “very cool” indeed! I’m just wishing I had half of your talent!

-- Robbinscabin,

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