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Forum topic by majeagle1 posted 01-20-2010 05:31 AM 1279 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2010 05:31 AM

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Well, here I am again…....... this is partially a hardware question but also a door design/construct question…..

As you saw in my last post, I have decided to go with the 270 degree knife hinges for the door, but now a few more questions have popped up that I am concerned with:

1. If I construct each door out of one solid piece of wood, I will be mounting the knife hinge into end grain, will that be a concern? If so, how to fix….....

2. Having trouble finding some “really nice” curly maple that is 10” wide plus….. sooooooooooo I could construct each door with 2 – 5” boards and joint them together…...but then you see the seam down the middle of the door? The thickness of the material will be 5/8” so can’t bookmatch unless I find some good 8/4 material. Should I try to construct in a different manner? Without loosing the design factor with the inlay….

3. What about constructing each door with 3 pieces jointed…. an 8” piece for the main center field and 2 1” pieces for each inside and outside edge? ( the seam would then run under/hidden within the vertical inlay and the only seam you would see would be possibly at the top and bottom?

Once again, I thank all of you for any and all suggestions….......... I hope that I have described this well enough, if not, please let me know what needs to be clarified….....

Pretty soon I can maybe make some sawdust !!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#1 posted 01-20-2010 05:41 AM

what about using veneer for your doors..

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 06:21 PM

If you really are screwing the hinges into end grain, I’ve had luck with burying dowels in the other face at right angles. Then the screws will dig into the cross grain. The dowels don’t have to show through.

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#3 posted 01-20-2010 08:44 PM

I assume you are having trouble finding the curly maple locally, have you considered buying the maple online?
A quick google search for 10” wide curly maple produces a lot of matches. For example there is which has this board for sale on their Choice Selected Figured Hardwoods

and these beauties on their “Private Stock Material” page

Just a note I haven’t purchased anything from this site, I am just suggesting you should be able to find what you are looking for online.

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#4 posted 01-21-2010 08:59 AM

Thanks everyone for all of the wonderful suggestions:
Kunk: The build up of panels was going to be my first choice….... until today.
Kunk & Captain: I will probably do something like what you said regarding the dowel at 90 degrees just to be safe.
Grizz: I was also thinking about veneer, but never having done that, and the rest of the piece being solid wood, I just didn’t know…............ figured I would end up with a split or bubble somehwere…... maybe I’ll get brave someday and try some veneer on something.

jlsmith: WOW, those are some beautiful boards…....... I thought about online but wasn’t sure if the client would want to pay the extra added potential cost. Thanks for the link, I will keep this in mind for sure in the future for better up front planning.
Now – I just got back from the SF bay area and got really lucky. I found about 20 bf of absolutely beautiful curly maple, 10 1/2 ” wide with very little waste….......... the curl is about the same as the first board you have shown jl…...........................
So, now that I have the hinge issue solved, the wood solved, the mounting solved…........ I guess I better get to making some sawdust !!!!

Thanks again for all your wonderful help…............ LJ’s comes through again, as usual ! Semper Fi LJ’s !

I will post completed project when done…........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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