Carriage House Doors for an Artist's Studio

  • Advertise with us
Project by John Blunt posted 03-08-2013 06:43 AM 2158 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,

11 comments so far

View Monte Pittman's profile (online now)

Monte Pittman

23857 posts in 1939 days

#1 posted 03-08-2013 10:03 AM

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

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

View Hybridwoodwork's profile


183 posts in 1653 days

#2 posted 03-08-2013 11:56 AM

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.

View Oldtool's profile


2403 posts in 1791 days

#3 posted 03-08-2013 01:02 PM

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

View needshave's profile


168 posts in 1560 days

#4 posted 03-08-2013 01:06 PM

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.

View stefang's profile


15512 posts in 2935 days

#5 posted 03-08-2013 02:07 PM

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.

View DouginVa's profile


490 posts in 1874 days

#6 posted 03-08-2013 02:08 PM

Schweeeet! I love the Doug Fir look in doors.

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

View KelvinGrove's profile


1571 posts in 1513 days

#7 posted 03-08-2013 05:58 PM

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. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

View Bieser's profile


176 posts in 1635 days

#8 posted 03-10-2013 04:51 AM

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

View jcees's profile


1022 posts in 3400 days

#9 posted 03-10-2013 03:26 PM

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

View helluvawreck's profile


25234 posts in 2467 days

#10 posted 03-10-2013 04:13 PM

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

View Fishinbo's profile


11362 posts in 1776 days

#11 posted 03-11-2013 04:16 PM

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics