|Project by moonls||posted 05-13-2010 03:49 AM||1875 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
This mahogany louvered door was designed to fit the entrance to an interior boat compartment. The dimensions are 20” wide, 59” high, and 1” thick. I found directions on the internet for making the 2 jigs to rout out the slots in the stiles to receive the slats. I Practiced routing the slots on pine first to make adjustments to the directions which used 1 3/8” thick lumber since my door was only 1” thick. By using a 25 degree angle, I could cut slats that were 1 1/4” wide and 1” apart for proper overlap.
After dry fitting all the pieces, I used a slow-setting waterproof glue to allow time to get all the slats inserted into the stiles as well as the mortise & tenon joints assembled. I didn’t want the glue to start setting up during this tricky process. Finally the door was sanded to 220 grit and finished with 3 coats of spar varnish.
If I make any more louvered doors, I’ll need to construct a better jig that will speed up the routing process. This door had 48 slats which meant aligning the jigs 96 times!
-- Lorna, Cape Cod