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Bill Wheeler21/08/2011 10:00:46
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I''d like to make a new front door for my house, it (the house) was built around 1730 so I''m looking for a design in keeping with the period - a solid oak, ledge and brace design 73" x 33" x 1.5" thick with a small window.
However, looking at ''engineered'' doors, they are made as a complete M&T frame with T&G boards as infill - I understand this is for more stability, however, I''m not too keen on this ''modern'' style, preferring an traditional L&B design.
Does anyone have any thoughts, tips etc they would like to share before I embark on this project?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Simon Reeves21/08/2011 10:25:07
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Hi Bill
Worth taking a look at GWW243, where Iain Whittington made a cross-boarded oak plank door. As he explains in the article, oak tends to move quite a bit with the seasons, so for a L&B door you would need some kind of joint between the boards (e.g. T&G) to cut down on drafts.
Iain also made a proper L&B door in GWW 218 (Sep 2009), which is probably more in keeping with what you are after. He even made "clinched" joints using nails driven in at an angle with an anvil underneath to force the nail back up into the wood.
Sam21/08/2011 23:23:47
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Evening Bill , I would Echo Simon's reference to a CrossBoard door , Both My neighbour has one made from oak about 20 years ago and still looks very good and stable . and my mum inlaw has a very old crossboard door and I mean very old and is as true as the day it was made . This style of door is very good at preventing shrinkage gaps but you will need well acclimatized timber to make it as you will have the internal side of the door exposed to a warm centrally heated house in the winter and very cold and damp weather exposed to the outside at the same time . If you do make one do not scrimp on cheap 2nd grade oak for this .
Kind regards Sam
Big Al22/08/2011 05:59:44
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If you buy quarter sawn oak that will help even better with movement.
Bill Wheeler06/09/2011 20:09:57
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Evening All
Thanks for all your advice, I'll certainly look at Ian's articles and clear the workshop!
hopefully, I'll upload successful completed pics.
Apologies for not responding sooner.

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