"Open Sesame" Sculpted Doors.

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 1631 days ago 15349 views 109 times favorited 86 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Fellow LJs. I am in the process of building another one of my signature doors.
The interior and exterior door handles are milled and sculpted from an 8”x 8” saplungan post. The handles are one piece and is part of the framing. The handles are provocatively designed and sculpted to invite one to feel it’s undulating form and evidently usher into your home. The waved panels are spoke shaved to fit then pegged onto the braces. The button caps are of Philippine ebony. The whole door is a cacophonous display of varieties of reclaimed Philippine hardwoods. The door’s design is the same inside out providing the owners a functional, sculptural piece outside as well as within their living room. It’s a lot of work but I always love the compliments and reaction of the owners when we’ve installed them and eventually become part of their homes! Your comments will be greatly appreciated.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 1631 days ago

Very cool looking doors! Love the craftsmanship….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 1631 days ago

That’s an amazing door.
Beautiful wood and handles…the latch is too cool.

-- Steve--

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#3 posted 1631 days ago

Love the handles and lock. The design is bold and unique and looks superb.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#4 posted 1631 days ago

beautiful piece of art – right down to the lock!

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#5 posted 1631 days ago

Wow! That’s beautiful & unique design door.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 1631 days ago

One of the coolest doors I’ve ever seen. The handles are something else. I bet they are hard to run through your planer.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#7 posted 1631 days ago

Love that door, looks like it might be used on a church or something, one would be very fortunate to have this in their house.

-- "I gotta have more cowbell"--------Bruce Dickinson

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#8 posted 1631 days ago

Beautiful door! Love the wave panels, great build.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#9 posted 1631 days ago

Fantastic door Benji, your projects always make me wish I actually knew something about woodworking and design. Nevertheless it is inspiring and a joy to see your wonderful work. How did you get started in woodworking?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 1631 days ago

Beautiful! Makes me feel inspired!

-- J.Palmer,Texas,

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#11 posted 1631 days ago

Nice work

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#12 posted 1631 days ago

This is amazing workmanship…coolest door I ever seen. A piece of art.

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#13 posted 1631 days ago

Whoa Benji !

That door is WILD !!!!!

You keep coming up with cooler and cooler stuff !!!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#14 posted 1631 days ago

A magnificent and whimsical piece. It really is quite the statement piece and I love the sculptural concept of a utilitarian object. I can’t quite make out if the door handles are both carved from a single piece or if one is added on. Can you give some insight to this? Top quality craftsmanship and design. I would love such a door for my entrance.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 1631 days ago

Fantastic! Your word is phenomenal. Truly an artist. A magnificent combination of superior workmanship and inspired creativity. My newest buddy! Thanks for sharing. Max

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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