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Project by Serradura posted 471 days ago 1420 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although I’m writing a blog on the rebuilding of a 200 year old ruin in to a workshop, I couldn’t resist to put up this door that I finished last week, as a completed project. The build of the arc will be mentioned in the blog, but about the door….

I looked carefully at the old doors that were in this building. They are constructed with a giant dovetails that go horizontal through the door. They are not straight but are smaller on one side than the other, so when you hammer them in, everything gets tighter fixed. The original door don’t have hinges but just rounded pegs that go into the floor and the upper beam. It’s not ideal because the bottom will always be wet, with all it’s negative results. I just put normal hinges on it, although because the door should look a bit period-style I had to make “fake”ones on the outside. I’m on a very tight budget, so I made them out of wood.

It’s hard to get dry lumber here in Portugal, if you want some quality it’s bound to be imported, so expensive. I just had to do it with what I could get. Bought the pine about 6 months ago, and had it stacked in the “workshop to be” itself. Summer is coming, so I’ll have to see how much the wood will shrink when the sun is up and the daily temperature is above 35 degrees C. (95 F). This will last until the end of October so….when every thing still fits then I will be a happy woodworker.

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal http://www.notjustsawdust.com





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BTimmons

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#1 posted 471 days ago

Wow. Talk about “old world” character. That workshop is going to look amazing by the time you’re done.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Buckethead

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#2 posted 471 days ago

So jealous. What an amazing space to call a shop. The door suits it perfectly.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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SquintyPolock

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#3 posted 471 days ago

That is one beautiful door!

-- It's all in a day's work...

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lepelerin

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#4 posted 471 days ago

very nice door, good work

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 471 days ago

Beautiful door.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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jeepturner

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#6 posted 471 days ago

That’s one nice door. I like the color, and the dove tail construction.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Mel,

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weav

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#7 posted 470 days ago

WOW, with a “backdoor” as beautiful as that, this shop is a tourist attraction. That is very nice.
I’d love to have that on my house. And great looking hinges.

-- jerry

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HenryH

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#8 posted 470 days ago

Wow! Beautiful.

-- HenryH - PA

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BuzzBate

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#9 posted 470 days ago

Now I’m wanting to see the rest of the shop!

-- "Drill as many holes as you want. We have plenty of putty."

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Serradura

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#10 posted 470 days ago

Well, in answer on weav: The whole build is a attraction, not for tourists but for the locals….. This strange Dutch couple that doesn’t use modern technology…. They like it. It’s not done anymore… now they are just taking buildings like this down and start all over with hollow bricks and a lot of concrete…

... and thanks everybody for the nice comments!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal http://www.notjustsawdust.com

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NormG

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#11 posted 470 days ago

You are doing a beautiful job on this workshop transformation, very nice door

-- Norman

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