Carriage House Doors for an Artist's Studio

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Project by John Blunt posted 406 days ago 1379 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We built these Carriage House doors a couple of years ago to convert a garage into an artists studio. This was done with the participation of our client as a full on partner and student in the construction. He was good even with very little woodworking experience! About half our jobs are done in partnership with our customers. Everybody Wins, and in this case, it was a work PARTY! We both laughed and smiled so much that our mouths hurt!
These doors were made with 3” thick reclaimed fir from a 1911 Seattle building.

-- Seattle John,

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#1 posted 406 days ago

Bet they’re on the heavy side. Beautiful work.

-- 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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#2 posted 406 days ago

Good job! You obviously know your muntins from your mullions!

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#3 posted 406 days ago

Terrific looking doors, great build. I like getting your customer involved with the build, gives them a higher degree of acceptance of the outcome, should lessen customer complaints after completion. Helps sow the seed of woodworking too, maybe create a new LJS member.

-- "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 406 days ago

I love you’re doors. I’m currently restoring a set of carriage doors that I will install on the summer cottage at our home. Our Doors had four sets of the large “t” style hinges, at it’s original installation and with that, there was still some sagging. Of course they are over 100 years old so it is to be expected to some degree. I see you are using commercial bearing butt hinges, did you take any other precautions to prevent sagging over time?
Again, great work.

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#5 posted 406 days ago

The doors look fantastic and the idea is also excellent. A great way to get the light in. The work looks very well done and sturdy too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 406 days ago

Schweeeet! I love the Doug Fir look in doors.

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

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#7 posted 406 days ago

I’ll be building windows for a green house soon. I think they will look a lot like this. What they actually come out looking like remains to be seen. Good work!

-- Tim P. Go Forth! Make Saw Dust! Have Fun! Sleep Soundly!

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#8 posted 404 days ago

How wide are those doors? They look great I would like to do something like this for an enclosed porch/sun room.

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#9 posted 404 days ago

Super nice, mon ami! Inspired work.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#10 posted 404 days ago

You did a fine job on these doors. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 403 days ago

Magnificent great looking doors! Looks very sturdy and well made. Great salvage of the beautiful wood.

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