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Project by pintodeluxe posted 691 days ago 4336 views 45 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of an arts and crafts front entry door in QSWO. I wanted a door with curved corbels supporting the dentil shelf, however couldn’t find one commercially. The side stiles are solid 8/4 stock, while the rails and tapered center stile are laminated from two pieces of 5/4 oak. The tenons are 3” long, and the floating panels are 1” thick. I followed the basic techniques in a recent Fine Woodworking article, but added a tapered center stile, dentil shelf, and leaded glass. One other change was the addition of self-adhesive weatherstripping around the floating panels. This is fairly soft foam, which will allow for expansion and contraction within the grooves. The glass was custom ordered with dark caming and includes baroque, clear bevel, and seedy style glass. The panes fit inside a rabbet and are held in place with urethane caulking and glass stops. The original glass order perished in a train derailment in Wolfe Point, Montana (ouch). Although reordering glass added four weeks to the project, the glass came out just as I had hoped! A large hammered craftsman style lockset completes the look.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush





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TimWood

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#1 posted 691 days ago

Nice looking door. Looks solid and heavy. What did you finish it with?
Also, I’ve been working in a Duluth apron like yours for a month now. Love it.

-- Tim Harrelson

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 691 days ago

Looks very solid as well as beautiful.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Tim Pursell

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#3 posted 691 days ago

Love it!
I bet it took you AND your two helpers to get it from the shop to the front of the house, that has to be one heavy door.

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/tpursell?ref=si_shop

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schroeder

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#4 posted 691 days ago

That is a work of art! I’ve always wanted to build doors, now I’m inspired! – Nice work!

Schroeder

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 691 days ago

Very nice, I really like it. What type of finish did you use?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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ShaneA

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#6 posted 691 days ago

Looks great, and sturdy too!

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pintodeluxe

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#7 posted 691 days ago

Tim H. and Bondo,
The finish is an oil based stain – Rodda #19 thinned slightly – and topped with three coats of Deft Satin Polyurethane which was sprayed on.
Here are a couple more pictures.





-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Woodmaster1

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#8 posted 691 days ago

Awesome looking door!!!!

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#9 posted 691 days ago

Very nice and well done…! My favorite style of door. Years ago I owned an arts & Crafts house built in 1920. It was by far my all time favorite house and style.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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jusfine

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#10 posted 691 days ago

Very well done! Best door I have seen in a long time.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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dub560

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#11 posted 691 days ago

Very Handsome in appearance

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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MonteCristo

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#12 posted 691 days ago

Great looking door !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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j_c

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#13 posted 691 days ago

Great work. I love the details – the shelf, the custom glass, everything!

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Norman1

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#14 posted 691 days ago

Great job on a beautiful looking door.

-- Michael A. Norman

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JAGWAH

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#15 posted 691 days ago

Excellent! Thanks for the pics of the process. I intend a similar style for myself and have been letting my subconsious ruminate over many techniques to use. Your using the weather strip as a spaceball thing in the door is very interesting. Thanks I now have more to ponder.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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