The biggest "Open Sesame" (door) yet!

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 10-17-2012 10:53 AM 7645 views 22 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys, I’ve been busy working on a new collection for a show in November marking my 30th year and It’s been a while since I last posted a project. Just finished one of my signature doors and this so far is the biggest one I’ve taken on yet! This door measures 9’ 10” inches tall by 66” wide. The whole process is explained on this project I posted almost 3 years ago.

It took 15 men to remove the old door and hang this monster on industrial grade pivot hinges. I sculpted the handles out of 7×7 saplungan posts. I had a welder fashion brackets to install and make the frame more rigid. The panels were band sawn and spoke shaved from different species of recycled wood by my assistants. The sculpting took a lot of work and sidelined me about a week from pieces I’m working on for my November exhibit. I will be posting photos of the new collection by mid November. It feels good to be able to post a project again and share with you guys after so long!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 10-17-2012 11:01 AM

Absolutely stunning! What a feat!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 11:27 AM

That is amazing. I really like the right side of the door. Great job!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#3 posted 10-17-2012 11:47 AM

Awesome, simply awesome. What else can be said. Thanks for showing.

-- "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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#4 posted 10-17-2012 11:48 AM

Awesome door, great job

-- Vince

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#5 posted 10-17-2012 01:15 PM

That is really one massive beautiful door, looking at the picture of it being put in position, it looks like it will be
inside a building and protected from the elements. I took a look at your door from Feb 12, 2010 and you
answered all the questions I was going to ask on that posting. I like the curved pieces of the door, and understand what you mean when you say you like to shape the wood by hand. Thank you for sharing this,
and while I may not attempt a door this big, it will definitely go on my to do list.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 10-17-2012 01:24 PM

Beautiful monster door – absolutely beautifully done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 10-17-2012 01:45 PM

Everything you build amazes me…with this one I am hugely amazed! It is an awesome door and like
Bluepine 38, this will go on my to do list but in a slightly smaller size. It’s good to see your work again
as I truely admire everything you do. I’m looking forward to your Nov. show. So, get off the rifle range and get back to work!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#8 posted 10-17-2012 02:17 PM

Beautifully executed and impressive installation! I wish I could attend your November exhibit. Please post the details for those of us who can be in that part of the world! Meanwhile, I look forward to more photos of your work.

Did you weigh this monster in the event you need to ship one similar?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 10-17-2012 02:33 PM

Just such nice work Benji. What more can I say?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 10-17-2012 02:38 PM


”Knock, knock…”

I just couldn’t help myself. What a nice, fantastic door!

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

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#11 posted 10-17-2012 03:36 PM

Very Cool Looking Door !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#12 posted 10-17-2012 04:16 PM

That is an incredible door

All the best with your 30th exhibition


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 10-17-2012 04:30 PM

Damn! You did it again! Worth the wait! Wish I had 15 guys to move my projects….LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 10-17-2012 05:33 PM

Wow! Awesome

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 10-17-2012 05:41 PM

Benji is BACK, yea!!!!!!! In the back of my mind, I’ve been thinking about your upcoming show. I guess I’ll have to wait a bit longer for those photos, but this door is pretty impressive. Just to have the thrill of opening and passing through that doorway would be awe inspiring. It will be a photo moment for decades of the lucky awestruck folks who have the good fortunate to see it. You are a super star!!!!!! Thanks for shinning a little of your light over here.
All the best to you my friend!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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