Straw bale house front door with speak-easy

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Project by studie posted 04-28-2012 03:59 AM 4824 views 13 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Circular sawn cedar taken from the owners property was used to make this plank door. I (we) built this house from the first shovel of dirt so I wanted the front door to be a real statement to what is inside. The door jam is Doulas fir, thresh-hold is mahogany and Ipe all finished with stain and Teak oil. We couldn’t find hinges to work so I made them and the dummy hinges on the outside too. Starting with weld on hinges (bare metal with no screw holes) I welded straps hand cut to a profile that the owner picked out then hand hammered to the point that my elbow fell off! The red primer shows through the flat black paint after slightly wiping the black paint while wet then finished door, hinges and all with teak oil. The Crown jewel of this house is the speak-easy in the door. We had the grill but I found a slab of Walnut from the owners stash of fine woods. But to my amazement when I started to cut it into parts I was blown away by the grain. It was burl!!! It cut just fine with no issues and has a lexan window. The slab of wood was just enough to make this so I was able to get only 3 small scraps to keep. The owners Dad was a wood-worker and could make anything so I can only think that this slab of wood he had plans for her. I can’t think of a more special place or moment for her to enjoy it! Thanks for looking

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 04:03 AM

Now That’s a door, Beautiful! Now rest that elbow of yours :)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 04-28-2012 04:11 AM

great accent to those ‘rustic’ straw bale houses

‘ya done good

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 04:28 AM

lots of character!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 04:55 AM

Thanks all. That I would get the custom wood-working to do after building the house is so rewording! This house was meant to look old so to get patina from rough wood is the easy part but building it takes some getting used to.
Dave, remember the first house I built was in Santa Fe 30 years ago?
Doc thanks for the great advice.
I made 2 new pals while working on this project; Doc savage and Charles niel
Both have had great advice and answered right away!
Thanks for looking!

-- $tudie

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#5 posted 04-28-2012 06:54 AM

Looks good from here ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 04-28-2012 10:44 AM

beautiful door, love the touch of the walnut , the family will always know about that special piece of wood, how fun it must be to work on this house, these are the ones that you get to show some real skill, instead of some house that is in a housing subdivision….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 04-28-2012 11:27 AM

That is one good looking door!

Great job, with a terriffic story behind it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 04-28-2012 11:33 AM

Excellent job on that RUSTIC door. I would like to see pics of the rest of the house.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#9 posted 04-28-2012 12:35 PM

Cool door. Great job!

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#10 posted 04-28-2012 12:38 PM

Great statement piece for the house….beautiful design and wood. What will you be using for a latch?

-- jbschutz

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#11 posted 04-28-2012 01:37 PM

Fabulous. A wonderful entry to to a home. Great woodworking, and great iron work. Hope your elbow grows back.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#12 posted 04-28-2012 01:56 PM

Keep going and growing, and learning from your imagination and mistakes. Ya got talent. Charles is like that. :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 04-28-2012 01:57 PM

Very cool door! I want to make something like this for the door to my shop. Love the metal work.

-- I'm Chuck and I wood not chuck wood cause I keep finding uses for it!

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#14 posted 04-28-2012 03:02 PM


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#15 posted 04-28-2012 03:08 PM

Beautiful!! Nice design and build, quality job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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