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Project by riverguy posted 554 days ago 1385 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I finished building my new little art-glass studio a few months ago, I needed a 42” wide door to accommodate my work table. The building is rustic and finished with knotty pine on the inside, so I looked through my leftovers and found a few pieces of 1×6 and 1×12 pine with which to make the door. The frame is all 1x stock double thickness, lapped at the corners as shown in the photos. The inset was done with 1×6 T&G pine and the trim is some very old, tight-grain cedar I had on the rack. I finished the outside with a Sikkens product made for exterior doors. And of course, the door now features an art-glass window!

No, this door won’t cut it if you need an insulated entry door for your house, but for my 120 sq. ft. studio that is used only occasionally, it works fine. The building is insulated and a little space heater cooks the place from a cold start in ten minutes! The also uninsulated windows were recycled from an old barn and are now hung as awning panels.

As shown in one of the pics, a guy can just never have too many clamps!

Here’s the whole studio project: http://www.mailbooks.com/studio-project/

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com





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Vincent Nocito

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#1 posted 554 days ago

Nicely done!!

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whitebeast88

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#2 posted 554 days ago

great building excellent job on the door.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 554 days ago

That is a door anyone would be proud to have in either a workshop or a house…Very excellent.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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#4 posted 554 days ago

super looking door,great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 554 days ago

Doors really intimidate me. You did a great job on this one and it is the perfect complement to your cool studio.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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riverguy

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#6 posted 554 days ago

Doors really intimidate me. You did a great job on this one and it is the perfect complement to your cool studio.

Thanks! No need to let doors intimidate you! The way I built this one is certainly not according to “fine doorbuilding” standards, but it was simple and inexpensive, and the door has been in place now all through the hot summer with full west-exposure sun on the outside, and it is still straight as new. I’ve built quite a few service and interior doors using this method. BTW, everywhere there’s a butt-joint right-angle connection, I used a biscuit joiner to create the “splines” you can see in one of the photos. Again, simple!

Thank you, everybody, for all the kind words!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 554 days ago

My last door project was a screen door for the shop (fortunately, the back door). It turned out very well. Then 2 days later it warped to where there was a 2” gap at one corner! That experience kind of soured me on my door building skill level!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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GrandpaLen

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#8 posted 553 days ago

What a Great Shop??!!!

Nicely appointed with an abundance of Natural lighting.

It looks like your Clamps threw a Party and you won the ‘Door Prize’! ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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HorizontalMike

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#9 posted 500 days ago

Very nice studio to go with that door! 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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