Exterior door trim

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 10-06-2013 01:49 AM 2785 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this project a long time ago, but after putting a coat of paint on it today, i was pleased with the way it looked and wanted to share it.

Fluted columns, plinth block and a pediment in colonial style was the goal. But the design had to account for my limited skill level and be thrifty as well. So after looking at lots of examples in the historic part of Portsmouth, NH and reviewing some nice blue prints my architect neighbor gave me, this is what I came up with.

The fluted column was cut from a 4/4×8” clear pine board on a router table with a 3/4” bullnose bit. I didn’t think I could get each flute to end at the same distance from the end of the board, so I cut them all the way through. The plinth block is 6/4 pine, with the top 3/4” stepped down to the same section size as the column, i attached molding here and this way water can’t run Dow the flutes behind the plinth.

The base of the pediment is 1” MDF, built out with 4/4 pine, with band and crown moulding applied.

All members were primed with Ben Moor’s best oil base primer on all sides before assembly. And then were originally painted with semi-gloss exterior latex. This held up pretty well, but I just finished the first TLC painting with BEHR oil based ( hot soapy water clean up ) paint and primer in one, which I really like, as it covers very well and has proven to be very durable on my barn trim.

Neighbor says its a contemporary interpretation of the Federal style… Which I think meant he likes it. :^)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 02:01 AM

Matt – this is looking sideways, but good…..nice work…

Here’s your photos’s rotated if you want to re-post them…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 10-06-2013 02:49 AM

Thanks Jeff,

The aspect ratio came out skinnier than I had hoped, but I wanted the light above the door and had a 9” step to allow for.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#3 posted 10-06-2013 03:01 AM

Bollocks Matt….it looks great, glad to see you respecting the old ways….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 10-06-2013 03:56 AM

Why would a house need a pedicure???
Opps my bad, Pediment….

Great job. A wonderful “addition” to the home!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 10-06-2013 03:59 AM

door looks great Matt,love those lights on both sides too

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#6 posted 10-06-2013 05:42 AM

Looks very nice,good job.

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#7 posted 10-06-2013 10:50 AM


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#8 posted 10-06-2013 12:19 PM

Very very nice job Matt!

You’re dog looks a little annoyed however.

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#9 posted 10-06-2013 12:28 PM

Beautiful work. Fantastic door treatment.

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#10 posted 10-06-2013 02:19 PM

Great job and nice attention to details. We just re-did the from of our house in craftsaman style and love that look. Great post! Cute pup, we have a Chlt Lab.

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

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#11 posted 10-06-2013 03:47 PM

Jeff, that’s very nice. Looks like a pro made it. :-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#12 posted 10-06-2013 06:38 PM

Really adds a classy look to that door; your pup seems like he approves; but I can’t quite make out if there’s a slight look of contempt since there’s no integrated doggy door.

Awesome Job!

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#13 posted 10-08-2013 04:54 PM

Beautiful work! It added some charm and elegance to the door. Clean and white paint job, very pleasing to the eyes and like the cute Lab.

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#14 posted 10-08-2013 05:28 PM

Very nice work my friend ! Dont take this as a personal attack but if you do this type millwork again and if architectural correctness is of interest flutes should be in odd numbers. JB

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#15 posted 10-08-2013 06:58 PM

if you do this type millwork again and if architectural correctness is of interest flutes should be in odd numbers

Well now it was worth getting out of bed today, because I learned something knew.

Funny how there are different “odd number” type requirements…. If you ever date a Russian girl, make sure you giver her an odd number of flowers. A dozen roses would be considered bad luck :^o

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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