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A pair of doors with 74 panels (AKA Fun With the Shaper)

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Project by scott ernst posted 02-09-2014 02:33 PM 1175 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently contracted to build an unusual pair of doors. They were based on some doors my client had seen in Turkey that had an interesting pattern of small panels with beaded muntins between them. Building them involved a series of jigs, custom cutters and a bit of chin scratching. I wrote a blog post about how I worked my way through the process. If you’re interested you can check it out here.

http://customfurniture.us/index.php/furniture-blog/82-making-furniture/110-making-a-pair-of-turkish-doors-with-74-panels

-- Scott, NM www.CustomFurniture.us





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NX1992

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 02:35 PM

Wow! Complex, and beautiful! Great work!

-- Dan

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 03:19 PM

Fantastic work

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

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 03:19 PM

wow, looks like a lot of work, turned out wonderful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 03:57 PM

Great work Scott. That is a lot of shaper work.
I have to say that although I’ve had shapers for years and always love to see the flawless profiles that come off of them I can not honestly say that I’ve ever really considered using this particular tool as “fun”. ..... :-)

Very nice doors.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 06:43 PM

Wow—great looking set of doors! Definitely exotic looking!

Question for you: How do you keep the stiles of the doors from bowing after finish milling? I’m thinking of building a pair of closet doors, and am concerned about bowing. Thanks!

-- Dean

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 07:54 PM

Question for you: How do you keep the stiles of the doors from bowing after finish milling? I’m thinking of building a pair of closet doors, and am concerned about bowing. Thanks!

—Dean

When I’m building doors I always rough mill my stock to within a quarter inch or so of final dimensions, sticker it and allow it to sit for a day or so. The rough milling generally releases any internal tensions that make the stock move. Then I go back and re-mill to final size. The parts usually stay flat then. These doors are 2 1/4” thick. Instead of making them from 12/4 (if I could’ve even found some) I laminated the parts from 2 layers of 6/4. That way any stresses that might be in one of the laminates are tempered by the second layer. This gives a really stable door. I don’t bother doing this with doors that are 1 3/4” or thinner.

-- Scott, NM www.CustomFurniture.us

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#7 posted 02-11-2014 01:33 AM

Scott,

Thanks for the info! That’s a good idea, about laminating the boards, where the natural tension in each of them cancel out. I do a rough mill, and then sticker for a day, then finish mill to final size. But sometimes (usually with pieces thinner than 1”) I get a little curve anyway. I was curious to your experience, and how you handle it.

Thanks again!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 04:33 PM

Wow! Complicated design but you executed it very well. I came out really awesome.

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