French Doorstops

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Project by SteveL posted 11-09-2009 06:40 AM 2738 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a pair of French-style door stops turned from a single piece of black cherry. You turn the knobs on either end of the block, about 9 inches apart, then cut the block on a diagonal. This project was taught to me by Mario Rodriguez at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, so having broken my leg in August and not been in my shop for two months, I quickly made this pair for the Crefeld School Auction, held Nov 7. These fetched $35.

-- SteveL

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#1 posted 11-09-2009 06:54 AM

nice work and contribution ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 11-09-2009 07:11 AM

Nice little project. Thank you for the “How To” also.

Great Auction item.

Glad your leg is better.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 05:19 PM

A very nice project and I too thank you for the how to info.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 05:28 PM

Those are cool. They would make great gifts.

I have a question though, wouldn’t the knob stick out too far so someone walking through the door might kick it by accident?


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#5 posted 11-09-2009 06:29 PM

Don’t know about that. The knob is about 1.25” or about 3.2 cm, which is probably about the same amount the doorknob is sticking out. So the person who runs into one will probably kick the other. Another project I’ve done along the same lines is to start with a block that isn’t square, but rectangular (say 1.25” thick but about 3” wide). I then turn the knobs, cut on the diagonal, and then use a router and a quickly-made plywood template to hog out the central portion of the bevel, thereby making a pair of scoops.

-- SteveL

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#6 posted 11-09-2009 06:35 PM

Very nice door stops

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 11-09-2009 06:37 PM

Nice looking stops and for a great cause.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 11-09-2009 10:56 PM

First of all I really like the stops and secondly , your trademark is awesome : ) It is freehanded isn’t it ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 11-09-2009 11:06 PM

Why thank you! As a kid, my dad gave me a woodburning kit and I learned to do it “freehand” as you say. The “maker’s mark” is based on a stylized script version of my initials (SL) made to look like a whale’s tail as he dives—at least that’s what I hope it looks like :-)

-- SteveL

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#10 posted 11-10-2009 12:11 AM

Ahhhh ….now I see the S L in the whale tail…excellent : ) Yes , I assumed it was a Whale Tail when I first saw it.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 11-10-2009 02:50 AM

1. how’s the leg?
2. these are wonderful!
3. the woodburning is as skilled as the rest! Nicely done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 11-10-2009 06:17 AM

love the logo! and thanks for the how-to, (and added bit about the scoops!) I was going to ask if they were done this way, rather than just turn one side and cut off the extra diagonal bit. Much more efficient this way.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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