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Project by jevarn71 posted 1753 days ago 3925 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few “firsts” on this one. My first commissioned piece, my first time building a door, my first time working with white oak, and my first time having to deal with wood expansion. I’ve already had the doors taken down and returned to trim the edges. As I live in sunny, hot and humid Florida, I had previous added A/C to my attached 2-car shop by tapping into my A/C ducts. The wood had been in my shop for close to two months while building the doors. With-in the first two weeks of hanging the doors they expanded. I had built the doors with a 1/16” gap all the around. I ended up trimming an addtional 1/16” on the sides and 3/16” between the top and bottom. Since the trimming all is well. I keeping my fingers crossed though!

-- Jason - Aim High!!

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#1 posted 1753 days ago

Beautiful door.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 1753 days ago

You did an amazing job. I love arched or circle top doors and yours is the best I’ve seen! You have raised the bar for the rest of us.

-- So much wood, So little time

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#3 posted 1753 days ago

It’s a beauty for sure. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#4 posted 1752 days ago

Very cleanly done. A pleasure to look at.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#5 posted 1752 days ago

Very nicely done. You did a beautiful job. Thanks for posting.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#7 posted 1752 days ago

Beautiful job.

And you found a screen door to match.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#8 posted 1752 days ago

Looks good. I am building a screen door for a mansion right now. I used quartersawn white oak though, so I won’t have to worry about expansion as much as flatsawn stock.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#9 posted 1752 days ago

Thank you all for the nice comments.

I would have prefered to use quartersawn and if it would have been for myself I would have. The customer was more concerned with keeping the cost down.

I guess I should clarify that I built the frame and screen door as well. I added a “before” photo of what was there previously. Also, I took many pictures during the build. If anyone would care to view them I’ll post them as well.

-- Jason - Aim High!!

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#10 posted 1752 days ago

Thats one great door

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1247 days ago

I agree with everyone else that is a beautiful door it turned out real nice. I hope that you are real proud of it you should be a great job Keep up the good work and hope to see more of your work in the future


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