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Project by SurfnIrie posted 01-09-2010 12:44 AM 3626 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this guy here in Naples a simple front door that he really liked. Turns out he had a awesome home in Newport, Rhode Island as well and wanted another set of doors. I know I have more pictures of this one, but I’ll have to track them down. I’ve seen this style door before many times in magazines and such. I barely changed the design other than to put glass up top in the transom, which was paneled in the picture. I had built a similar door before so this one went pretty well. The best part of this job was the road trip to Newport to install it. The worst part was moving this door around the shop, needless to say it stayed right there on the floor for quite some time >.<

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 12:55 AM

Nice…must be a nice house.

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 01:19 AM

what do you mean house that’s for the shop entrance . LOL

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 02:13 AM

Lol @ Scots I wish, or at least my house. After all the doors I have built I still have the same crappy front door that was on the house when I bought it. So crappy in fact I have to slam it shut to lock it, the sidelights shake in place when I close it and it has that old looking yellowish glass in the sidelights and fake applied panels, but only on the outside, LOL, it’s embarrassing >.<

Btw, up top on this door in the arch of the jamb/sidelight is 1/4 luan, which was replaced with glass on site, it looking really cool.

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 02:14 AM

*eck—> “it looked” =/

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#5 posted 01-09-2010 05:17 AM

im laughing right now because i know how much of a pain a door that size is to make, i just got done making a pair of 10’ cherry doors same style as these. btw your doors look fantastic.

-- Schmidty

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#6 posted 01-09-2010 05:20 AM

Super doors what great doors.

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#7 posted 01-09-2010 05:40 AM

That is some very fine woodworking! Nice project. Thanks for sharing.
Next project is to make you a killer front door!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 01-09-2010 05:51 AM

I have never liked to make doors.. but nobody has ordered these kinds of doors. These doors you have made they are really great ones!!!


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#9 posted 01-09-2010 06:06 AM

Thx for all the compliments on the doors. When I got down here I took a job in a little mill / woodworking shop. There were three of us, but I was new so I spent my first 12 weeks there re-sawing and milling cherry to make veneer for the 64 doors needed for a home here on the Gulf of Mexico in Naples. They were all mortise and tenon 2 paneled doors made with fir then veneered with cherry. I can tell you this I didn’t care for it much at all, every day was like ground hog day. I hated doors too! What’s funny is I got a better job running a custom door shop from that job. When I took the new job it was me and 2 other guys and a designer. This designer was insane, she talked people into the craziest doors. Sometimes she’d flip through a magazine, then run out and ask me if I thought I could build it before she tried to push the design. I always said “sure, no problem” then if she sold the door I would go home with the picture and stress out, LOL. Those were great days. Sadly, work is at a stand still here in Southwest Florida. Lately all I’ve been doing is setting up a home shop and building skateboards for all the kids in my neighborhood. I’d love to be building a killer door right now. So Jim maybe you’re right I should just build my own door and get it over with. Sadly, I have never figured out a design I would like for my own house >.<

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#10 posted 01-09-2010 06:26 AM

It does not look so simple to me. Great job.

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

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#11 posted 01-09-2010 03:31 PM

SurfnIrie – how about starting a blog on “custom door” construction. I’ve been thinking about making my own front door for sometime now, but haven’t really found enough resources on the topic. My main concern is dealing with expansion and contraction due to the change in weather. This is a beautiful door.

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#12 posted 02-27-2010 08:24 AM

great looking doors…. so far…

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#13 posted 02-27-2010 09:20 AM

Wow! I love it

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#14 posted 05-28-2013 09:36 PM

this is very impressive!

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