|Forum topic by twelvepoint||posted 10-31-2013 05:05 PM||710 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-31-2013 05:05 PM
I have an upcoming project to build an interior door from the main house to an enclosed porch/rec area. I would like it to be fir, or a similar species appropriate for doors, with a grid of 6 glass panes in a muntin lattice (not sure if that’s the right term).
Last year, I built a bathroom door with inset panels, so I’m feeling pretty good about the overall frame construction. What I don’t have experience with is creating the muntins, and how they get milled to intersect, and how they join into the outer frame. I’ve seen some illustrations, but if anyone has some first-hand experience, I’d appreciate it.
A couple specific questions:
1) When milling an inside profile on the outer door frame, is it preferable to continue the profile into the joint, and cut a matching profile on the end of the rails? That technique seems fine (and fast) for cabinet doors, but I’d think for a heavy passage door, I’d be better off mitering the profiles, and making the actual joint as a normal mortise and tenon? For my last door, I actually did the profile as an applied molding, which was an extra step, but less error-prone, given my skill level.
2) I don’t know anything about glazing, and I’d like to know whether I can get away with just glazing points and putty, or if I should use little strips of wood to hold the glass in place. I was thinking about recycling some antique glass I got from old windows, but I’m a bit concerned about safety. Should I maybe consider tempered panes?
I know this is a lot, but any advice is appreciated. Thank you!