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Project by clarkey posted 01-13-2010 05:20 PM 2201 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first attempt at building a wooden door ! Its built of Sapele 1/4 sawn 1 3/4 inch thick , the top and bottom stile & rails have a 3 inch square mortise & tenon with two through mortise & tenons on each stile & rail using black walnut for accent. The top and bottom panel l used laminated glass 1/4” on the front of the door followed by black walnut over lapped lattice , to that l added blue flash antique glass & a pebble clear glass . The middle panel is african mahogany with black walnut inlays protruding by 3/8 ” . l finished it with tung oil 2 coats & 2 coats of wax . l installed a full glass panel storm door in front of it to protect it from the winter weather . So far its worked out well.

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 05:45 PM

Fantastic door.

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 07:55 PM

Thanks Jim

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 07:55 PM

Nice looking door. Tasteful design with your choice of glass.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 10:18 PM

1/4 sawn sapele is one of my favorites too.

-- Andy Brownell

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 10:40 PM

Beautiful door & rock solid too. Is the middle panel solid or plywood with veneer? I bought African mahogany for my carriage doors but was concerned about seasonal movement as they are quite large so I used Teak veneer ply. My center panels now are a structural part of the doors & are holding up very well. I used Sikkens for the finish. Reakky fine work Clarkey!

-- $tudie

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 11:08 PM

that’s gorgeous! makes me want to build a door now!

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#7 posted 01-14-2010 07:44 AM

Beginner’s luck! That’s unbelievably cool. I’ve always wanted to own a home so I could build a door…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#8 posted 01-14-2010 08:00 AM

very cool

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#9 posted 01-14-2010 09:12 AM

Glad you found this site. It’s as much or better than Fine Wood as real fine people with lots of friendly input & awesome inspiration. Curves in wood speak talent, or as some say money. Why do you think Gals influence wood workers? They are hard to figure out but if you can it’s well worth the effort!

-- $tudie

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#10 posted 01-14-2010 09:39 PM

Wow, I’ve had a door on my list for sometime and this got me back thinking about it. Love the design!

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#11 posted 02-03-2011 09:01 PM

I see a definite Japanese influence in all your projects. Did you spend some time there?

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#12 posted 02-03-2011 09:04 PM

Yet another project that … happily … somebody revived, because I missed it, originally.

What a beautiful door !!!

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 07-13-2011 04:25 PM

Wow! I am going to have to build a front door for my house too. I only hope it turns out half as nice. Good job.

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