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sandhill

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472 days ago

I am gathering information for building an exterior front door for our home I live in VA so that is the environment I have to deal with but never did this before so I am trying to get all the information I can before I start. Has anyone ever built one? What kind of things do I need to consider? I know I need to figure on expansion and contraction but how much? I want to use QS White Oak and I will also have stained glass panels in the top half with tempered glass both inside and outside. It seems straightforward but I just don’t want to overlook anything. Thanks in advance

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/


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GaryL

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#1 posted 472 days ago

QS white oak is an excellent choice do to it’s stability.
The best suggestion I can make is to rough cut all your parts within a 1/4” or so of final size and let them sit for a week or more. Basically try to get all the stress and movement out of the material as best as possible before final milling and dimensioning. I even watched a video where the craftsman actually dropped the material from about 6’ to help relieve internal stresses. Can’t say that I’ve ever tried that one yet.
Hopefully then you can be fairly confident that the door will stay flat with minimal warping or twisting.
I am assuming your doing some type of panels on the lower section?

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Bluepine38

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#2 posted 472 days ago

Check out Shipwrights “All weather front door” it is the best example that I have seen unless you can get
some of that fabulous wood that Benji uses for his doors.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 472 days ago

My father-in-law made doors and windows for 60 years. One trick he used was to finger joint short sections of wood (8”-12”) for the stiles and then veneer 1/4” material on both faces and on edges. This makes a very strong and stable door.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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sandhill

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#4 posted 472 days ago

GaryL Yes I will have panels in the bottom. I found a design I liked that someone here at LJ did so I may see about using that design. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/70765 I will drop him a line to see if he has some suggestions as well.

a1Jim Very good idea I had not thought of that, it would keep the cost down as wrll. What wood do you think would be the most stable?

James101 I have not concidered the fogging aspect, Maybe I can just use the stained glass I will look into that.

Bluepine38 Here is the look I am going for

Thank you keep those ideas coming.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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AandCstyle

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#5 posted 472 days ago

The May/June 2012 issue of FWW had an article on making an A&C style entry door. If you are a member of their site you can use this link. It should answer most of your questions.

-- Art

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#6 posted 472 days ago

I am not a member, only the free site.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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