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Door for my Wife's Shoe Closet

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Project by WoodHoarder posted 08-10-2012 03:56 AM 1379 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first door. My wonderful wife who is deserving of better things from my woodshop than gifts for other people, finally has gotten her promised built in shoe closet. The closet was built into a void in the wall. The opening was not of a standard size so I determined that it would be more cost effective to build my own rather than trying to obtain a custom one. Given that it was my first door and destined to be an interior one, I went with the cheapest wood available. I scoured HomeDepot for the straightest doug fir 2×4’s I could find. I planed and jointed them to size and cut haunched mortise and tenon joints. In order to make hanging easier, I pre hung the door in its own custom frame. The door is now hung and fits perfectly. I’ll post pictures of the closet itself later on. Thanks for looking.

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.





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DouginVa

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 07:51 AM

OMG…........”Shoe closet”? Really?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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DouginVa

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#2 posted 08-10-2012 07:52 AM

Well done though…...but a shoe closet?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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Zinderin

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#3 posted 08-10-2012 12:15 PM

From what we can see at this point, stellar work!

I need to make a replacement door for our back-porch and I thought about doing something similar (starting with 4×6 lumber), but I’m just scared to death the styles will get out of shape over time … how long did you let that wood dry before you started working it.

My Lowes’ and Home Depot doesn’t have a stick that isn’t 80% moisture, I’m telling ya!

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#4 posted 08-10-2012 02:07 PM

My wife and daughter would need a 9 foot overhead garage door!!!!!
Good build!

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WoodHoarder

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#5 posted 08-10-2012 06:19 PM

Zinderin

I gave them a couple days in the shop before working on them. It was sold as kiln dried. I remember it shrinking somewhat. Warpage was and still is a concern with the doors given such common stock. So far I have had no movement and it has been installed for over a month. Currently I am working on french doors for the back of my house. I am using clear straight grained cedar that I got from the local Ganhals. It’s extremely dry, but quite expensive (around 175 to make two doors). My research has shown that most modern door makers will cut and fingerjoint short pieces of pine to use as a core and then veneer over them. This is supposed to help with any wood movement. From what I read, solid wood can be used as long as it is under 2 inches in thickness. It’s not easy to find information on building outside doors. Hopefully what I learn can make for some good discussion. I’ll keep you posed as to the results. I find doors to be a fun and challenging build. I think I am getting addicted to it.

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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489tad

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#6 posted 08-11-2012 02:52 AM

I have to build a small door to access a storage area. Thanks for the inspiration. Nice build. I’m looking forward to see the finished french doors.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 08-11-2012 12:13 PM

Really nice door. I’d like to see the inside o the shoe closet. Thnx in advance

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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WoodHoarder

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#8 posted 08-13-2012 07:41 PM

Here is the link to the finished shoe closet:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/69958

-- Christ was a carpenter...a fact that humbles and inspires me.

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#9 posted 08-13-2012 09:13 PM

Thnx for the link. Very nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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