Building 3 solid walnut interior doors

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 09-06-2012 10:26 AM 3559 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2012 10:26 AM

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I got an order for 3 walnut interior doors. All three doors are barn style doors that will be suspended from a raila nd slid side to side. I need some feedback on my construction methods.

The first two doors are a matching set (7’ x 4’) and they will be 6 rails with 2 floating panels and 2 glass windows on top. I will be using 6/4 walnut milled down to 1 3/8” for the rails and the panels will be 4/4 walnut milled down to 3/4”. The rails will all be joined with 10MM Beech Dominos and the panels will be joined with 4MM dominos and float in the panels.

The 3rd door is a single door and will be 7’ tall by 33” wide. Thsi door will be a large center 3/4” panel with a 3” wide 1” thick rail around the panel and then a 4 1/4” wide 1 3/8” thick rail as the outside. I wil be using 10MM dominos for the two outside rails and I will use 4MM dominos for the center panel. The center panel will be mortised into the first rail by 1/2” and then the same thing for the center rail to the outside.

I want to make sure that these doors don’t twist and warp over time. I will be using an oil finish on the doors so that it really shows off the natural grain. This is the first time building doors so hopefully I used the right terms for the doors parts.

I was going to use walnut veneer for the center panels but I am afraid that the veneer will finish differently than the solid walnut.


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#1 posted 09-06-2012 11:08 AM

I think I would try a sample of the walnut veneer, to see how close it matches. Since you’re making rather shallow mortises (I’ve never used the domino), I think you would be better off with a panel made of something stable, like mdf, covered with veneer, that you can glue all the way around. This will give the door plenty of stability, and you won’t have to worry about seasonal changes.

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#2 posted 09-06-2012 02:06 PM

I just checked with the mill and they tell me that the walnut veneer will finish the same and blend in with the door.

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