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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Opening the door to a new season

I don't officially break this blog down by seasons, but since I did start in early October nearly three years ago, this is unofficially the beginning of my third season.  Fittingly, I have chosen a door (or more accurately a screen door) to kick off year three.  This one is for my most important and most demanding client, otherwise known as my wife.

We live in a house built over 100 years ago, and I had replaced the old drafty back door a few years back.  At the time, I made do with a crappy box store screen door since it was more of an afterthought to the project.  Well, a few winters later and that cheapo door is literally falling apart (you mean scarf jointed stiles don't hold up to New England weather?).

So I decided to design and build a new screen door incorporating both materials and design elements found in my house.  I also figured this would be another good test of my Festool Domino XL which is ideally suited for hardwood doors.  So this first episode concentrates on my material choice, design process, and stock preparation - all critical for an outdoor project that needs to stand up to some brutal winters and hot humid summers - extremes that push the limits of hardwood construction and design.

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rburwell said...

Rob- looks like a fun project....I envy you the qswn wh oak, but not all the weight! Watch your back....Rusty

Rob Bois said...

You're right, it is going to be a fairly heavy door. But the one place I didn't skimp on the initial install was the closer. It has a nice adjustable gas shock that ensures a nice soft close.