Pantry Door Made of Knotty Alder

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This door replaced an earlier one made from pine with obscured glass panels. That door was nice, but as I found time to complete the interior doors in the house with knotty alder, it no longer fit in and looked out of place. The popularity of the doors I sell has meant less time to complete my own projects.

As mentioned in the title, the door is constructed of knotty alder. The panels are book matched, made from re-sawn 8/4 knotty alder and milled down to 13/16”. The stain is General Finishes Colonial Maple gel stain, which is what we’ve used on all of the knotty alder interior doors, the guest bath vanity, and the bi-fold door for the linen closet in the guest bath. The topcoat is four applications of wipe-on satin poly.

The stunning curly grain in the lock rail presented a bit of a challenge. On the back side of the rail, the wavy grain caused some pretty bad tear-out at the thickness planer. To repair it, I used a Mohawk E-Z Flow burn in stick, M316-0009, Light Transparent Amber. By waiting until after the rail was stained and had two coats of poly applied, I was able to do a burn-in repair that is virtually impossible to detect after the last two coats of poly were applied. I also learned that if a drop of the hot fill stick lands where you don’t want it, it’s best to wait for it to cool, lest you burn your finger pretty badly.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#1 posted 10-22-2017 10:41 AM

Wonderful build!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 10-22-2017 11:11 AM

Very well done, beautiful door.
Keep on the good work,

-- andrek

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#3 posted 10-22-2017 01:20 PM

Very cool wild looking door. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 10-22-2017 05:02 PM

This is an outstanding door and the wood is fantastic.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 10-22-2017 05:02 PM

No doubt that the door is beautiful. I guess that what I really want to see- pictures of what is inside :)

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#6 posted 10-22-2017 06:23 PM

nice work rich that door is stunning,may have to change out a few doors in my house.i built all the furniture in our office out of alder and just love the knotty look plus the warm richness of the alder is just beautiful.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 10-22-2017 07:25 PM

Nice looking door!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 10-22-2017 09:35 PM

Nice alder :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 10-22-2017 10:32 PM

Awesome job

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#10 posted 10-23-2017 12:26 AM

Great looking door, Rich.

“The popularity of the doors I sell has meant less time to complete my own projects”—you need to raise the price!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#11 posted 10-23-2017 01:51 AM

I love making doors. I have never made a traditional Door like that though. Really nice work. Thank you for sharing. {Mine were more heavy duty and artsy) I think mine were easier to make than yours – so I meant everything as a compliment.

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#12 posted 10-23-2017 09:00 PM

That has a very nice “homey” look about it, well done.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 10-23-2017 11:22 PM

Beautiful, great work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 10-23-2017 11:32 PM

Nice looking door.
Looks Rich…. Rich

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#15 posted 10-23-2017 11:52 PM

Very nice door!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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