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Douglas

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09-09-2013 12:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: oak joining arts and crafts traditional

I’ve been posting my exterior kitchen door build on my blog. Parts 1, 2, & 3 are up, and the final part is coming soon. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions.

here’s a few pictures, more on my blog…

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com


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#1 posted 09-09-2013 03:45 AM

That looks beautiful, love the color and QSWO. I’ve been tossing around the idea of a similar project myself (although I think I’ve settled on a design similar to your 6-lite design). Can you share where you’re sourcing the glass? I’m not entirely sure where to begin there and so far trips to the HD and Lowes have been a complete waste of time, although that’s not a big surprise.

On top of wanting something insulated that will probably have to be custom made, I’m not sure if there’s any code requirements in the IRC or my local codes that I’ll need to adhere to.

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 04:03 AM

The glass is coming from by buddy’s Lock and door shop. He’s also getting the keys made, so that worked our. Option 2 for glass for me is the huge custom glass & window place 2 blocks away. So, local glass shops are your best bet. HD/Lowes are hopeless for that stuff. Good luck, and make sure you post your progress!

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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patriclouis

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#3 posted 09-09-2013 05:18 AM

The texture chosen is really nice and the concept of upper part of the door to be glass framed and lower part to be wooden framed is quite logical.The simplicity yet classic look to the interiors is commendable.

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404 - Not Found

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 03:41 PM

Is it ever going to get rained on? If it is then water pooling on the lock rail and bottom rail might be a problem. You could put a small chamfer on to aid run off. Nice door.

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 03:45 PM

Hi Renners, I’d thought about that. It is behind a mostly solid screen door, so not much rain. But adding a small chamfer strip to the horizontal edges on the outside might be a good idea. As I still need to cut and finish the stops for the glass, I could make those at the same time. Thanks!

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 09-09-2013 03:52 PM

Great looking door! I built a similar exterior door, and it was a fun project. I sprayed 3 coats of poly, and it has held up well.

Nice job!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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BigRedKnothead

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#7 posted 09-10-2013 02:56 AM

Great work man. All the stuff I’ve made….and an exterior door still intimidates me. I’ll make one eventually.

Yours looks really good.

-- Red-- "I'm a lumber hoardin', finger nickin', sliver cursin', breaker trippin', summbuckin woodworker ya'll"

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#8 posted 09-10-2013 04:12 AM

Great looking door. I saved an issue of Fine Woodworking with an article in it on making front doors. I always look to that article and dream about making my “future front door” when the opportunity arises. Glad to see a good project I can look at and learn from. Thanks for the post.

BTW I love the idea of using a skeleton key.

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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Douglas

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#9 posted 09-10-2013 04:52 AM

MaroonGoon – That article was one of my inspirations. The other was Bob Lang’s “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Interiors” in which he details a door. Between those two, I had all the info I needed.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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#10 posted 09-10-2013 06:58 AM

Awesome and really appreciative work. It looks beautiful, I love this color. I am also building my new home. I will definitely go for some these kind of doors for the home. Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 09-14-2013 04:36 AM

[quote]Awesome and really appreciative work. It looks beautiful, I love this color. I am also building my new home. I will definitely go for some these kind of doors for the home. Thanks for sharing.[/quote]

http://www.antechconstructions.com.au/

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#12 posted 10-02-2013 09:33 PM

just an update… I just posted the final “stage”, and did a “Project” post here. Thanks.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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