|Forum topic by AlbanyTim||posted 06-14-2010 07:36 AM||2914 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
06-14-2010 07:36 AM
I have a rather interesting project that I’d like to share with you in hopes of getting some helpful advice. I purchased a classic 104-year-old firehouse from the city of Chicago and am renovating it to be a video production facility (Video production is my day job). Originally the main doors for the fire engine were in the style of “carriage doors,” 2 large, swinging doors. At some point, they were replaced with a roll-up, overhead, “garage style” door, which – with its large gaps on the sides – is both energy inefficient and allows street noise to easily come in and contaminate the sound of our video shooting. So I am building new carriage doors to match the original design (I have the original architectural drawings from 1906).
I want to do it right and have some questions/concerns. I want the doors to hold up well, not sag, etc.
The doors are large – each approximately 11 feet high, by 5 feet wide. The style is classic rail and stile, panel construction. For the rails and stiles, I would like to use old wood planks that I salvaged from a barn floor in Wisconsin. They are nice and thick 2+ inches, and plenty long. They are a softer, lighter wood (perhaps White Pine?).
Second, what is your recommendations on joining the rails to the stiles? I’ve thought about mortise and through tenons, but with my situation, I feel that two thick (3/4”?) and (long 12”?) hardwood dowels might be the best option. Also – if you agree with my plan – do you have any advice on how to drill 6” holes in the rails and in the stiles that accurately match up?
Note: I will not personally be hanging the doors. I am letting a professional handle that tricky task.
Thank you for any thoughts you have to offer.
-- Tim, Albany Wisconsin