New Holland Theater doors and trim

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Project by JustplaneJeff posted 524 days ago 1394 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The theater in our town was built in 1931 and is on the National Historic Register. I was lucky enough to be commisioned to build new front doors and the paneled surrounds. I built the 7 doors out of white oak. For the cores of the doors I laminated plain sawn white oak, and mortised and tennoned the joints, Then I milled a 5/16” veneer of qtr sawn white oak for both sides and applied with type 3 glue and lots of clamps. The stops were routed in and thermo-pane saftey glass installed. The doors and new jambs where mortised to use the original bronze hinges and The doors were installed with new trim and panels. I would like to think these doors will last as long as the originals.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#1 posted 524 days ago

Beautiful work Jeff

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#2 posted 523 days ago

Well done, nice looking doors.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 523 days ago

Very impressive! Nicely done.

(having clamp envy….)

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 523 days ago

Beautiful work. 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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#5 posted 523 days ago

really nice job

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#6 posted 523 days ago

Very nice!

What did you finish them with?

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#7 posted 523 days ago

I wish I had that many clamps! Nice Job…

-- Kenny, New York

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#8 posted 522 days ago

Nice work Jeff….....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#9 posted 522 days ago

Big job, looks great, I’ve never seen that many clamps on a glue up before.

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#10 posted 521 days ago

The doors were finished with 4 coats of amber shellac with 2 top coats of exterior water based Helmsmen urethane All the finishes were selected by the building commitee for the Theater. The one thing going for this is this bank of doors is recessed about 12’ under the facade of the building. By the way, you can never have too many clamps lol

-- JustplaneJeff

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#11 posted 519 days ago

Magnificent doors! Great build and joinery. Will surely last for many years. Great job!

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#12 posted 519 days ago

Such a nice “old varnish” color!

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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