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David Drummond

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744 days ago

I am building a garden gate out of solid 8/4 cypress for a customer and am pretty much finished building the door but now that I’m about to install it I’m concerned that the wood will experience some undesirable movement. All of the research I have done now that I am done building the door looks like there aren’t any true solid core doors that are built out of solid wood rather than some type of lamination/stave core/etc… The door I built is made out of 8/4 Cypress and is constructed with haunched tenons and Titebond III. With that said has anyone built a solid door out of solid wood before with success? Thanks!

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain


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#1 posted 731 days ago

Here are the pictures of the gate before and after installation… still have to put a stop on the handle side, install the handle and install the wrought iron picture window. Used a solid stain on the door and used a latex caulk around the perimeter of the dado that accepts the tongue and groove panel. We modified the original design to incorporate the previous gate’s materials which are the cedar caps for the door and jamb. The cedar was from a tree that fell down on the customer’s sisters property whom also built the previous gate but is no longer able.

customers previous gate

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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#2 posted 731 days ago

I’ve built lot’s of solid doors and countertops with Cypress…kiln dried only…and have never had any problems.Some painted, some stained and some left natural.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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