14 Interior Doors

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Project by SteveC posted 02-06-2010 05:28 PM 3621 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another micro project in my endless list of tasks building my new home (from footings to the last finish nail pretty much solo).
These 1-3/8” pine doors have 1.25” solid panels raised on the shaper, cope and stick frames with 4” loose tenons at all joints.
Finish is spray only MLC Woodsong II, Vinyl sealer sandwiching a burnt umber glaze and 2 coats of post cat conversion varnish.

I had a problem with my supplier and they sold me the wrong sealer which caused me to have to strip and totally re-finish TEN of the 14 doors …GRRRR. Took about 2 months to strip and re-do… I was GLAD to see that end for sure!

-- Steve in Kemptville On. Canada

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Dennis Fletcher

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 05:38 PM

Wow, very nice. I wish I knew how to build doors, all of ours in my house would eventually get switched.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 05:41 PM

That’s a heck of project to take on. The color on the doors looks great.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 06:08 PM

Steve, as always your dedication to detial and super raftmanship sets your wrlk apart from the rest of us.
Those doors look worth the effort you extended to make them and would abe a welcome addition and any home.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 06:50 PM

Very nice doors there – that was quite a job.. Well done

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 07:08 PM

I like pine and your talent shines with this very soft material.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 07:11 PM

Lets GET that supplier, doors look great

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 07:33 PM

Why did you decide to to put the shorter panels on the bottom instead of the top?

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#8 posted 02-07-2010 12:19 AM

Very impressive!

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

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#9 posted 02-07-2010 02:07 AM

Nice looking doors.

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Stanley Coker

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#10 posted 02-07-2010 03:01 PM

Wow, GREAT job.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#11 posted 02-08-2010 05:42 PM

Beautiful doors.

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

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#12 posted 02-08-2010 06:13 PM

WOW, what a tall order. Great work!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 02-09-2010 05:51 PM

Big sissy…
The panels are dictated by the latch rail height.
Typically that is 36” o/c so the lower panels must fit between the kick rail and the latch rail.
Look at any commercially made panel door and you will see the same thing.
Generally speaking things ‘look right’ when heavier on the bottom than the top. The tall panels appear narrower because of their height contributing to this illusion.

Pine isn’t my favorite wood but I just so happen to have 5000BF of it lying around so what they heck’;)
Much of it is 6/4 or better so perfect for doors. Had I 8/4 these doors would have ended up as 1-3/4 rather than 1-3/8 but no biggie.

Trim will probably be same material, 1-1/4 thick baseboards/casing (like I said, I have a LOT of 6/4 pine) ;)

Thanks for the kudos.

-- Steve in Kemptville On. Canada

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#14 posted 02-09-2010 05:59 PM

Denis, Building doors isn’t as intimidating as it looks.
If you want cope & stick look it’s trickier but a shaker style door with flat panels and butt joints would be very easy. Just get a good dowel jig like a Dowelmax and do your joinery that way then rout or Dado the grooves for panels. Flat panels could be 1/2” glue up solids or even ply for that matter.
Of course M&T would be better, floating like I did or true M&T but it’s not necessary IMO for an interior door like this, dowels or dominos are more than strong enough.

From my experience one will never “know how” unless they TRY IT ;)

-- Steve in Kemptville On. Canada

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#15 posted 04-25-2014 12:11 AM

Very impressive. Much better that the C$@% the builders sell as doors in the new home.

-- jroot

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