David Marks...? Hmmm. David Marks is an excellent woodworker. I
can't believe he's advising anyone to built a single slab door. Okay,
thanks for posting it. Let me peruse the article.
Your reading comprehension is seriously flawed. David Marks built a
standard paneled door from a nice wood. You ignored straightforward
descriptions and took away a totally erroneous impression of that
A couple of excerpts from that article:
"We cut our panel stock from a single long board to keep the flowing
Notice he said one long _board_ was cut for the _panels_. There was
no mention of a huge ass slab at all!
"Once the panel stock has been cut, it should be stacked on wood
stickers -- thin strips of scrap wood -- to allow the wood to
acclimate to the environment and humidity of the shop. Ideally, the
wood should be allowed to acclimate for about 2 weeks to stabilize the
wood. Allowing for wood-movement is an important issue when making
doors. A solid-wood door of this size may "move" as much as 1/4-inch
over the width-span of the door as seasons and humidity change. This
can cause door-sticking or warping and cracking of the finished door.
The frame-and-panel construction of this door allows the structure to
be built to accommodate the movement of the wood."
He's saying exactly the same thing I was saying about wood movement.
That is not surprising as wood does not change it's fookin physical
properties depending on who is working it! How can you read that and
not understand such a perfectly clear description?!
I am not trying to beat up on you, but start with some projects that
are within you skill range - this isn't one of them.
And that's _also_ a conventional frame and panel door, also w/ a center
stile (he uses "muntin" which I've always reserved for the thin vertical
which separates lights in a window but that's ok, they're the same
purpose--make it so there is sufficient structure and a way to allow for
the inevitable movement that will occur) so the panels aren't wide at
In fact, "The stock pieces for the upper and lower panels (figure C)
were cut to the same width -- 9-1/2 inches." Note, in fact, he resaws
the material from full thickness to get a bookmatched pair for each
upper and lower set of panels. The article doesn't say it quite right,
probably, in that it says he resawed them for 3/4 panels _after_ taking
the 8/4 material to 6/4 which would leave him thin--undoubtedly he
actually resawed them before full thicknessing but after initial planing
so could see to select grain clearly.
Where in the world you got the idea of a full-width slab for a door is
I'm still curious (altho far less so now the concept has been debunked)
of who this was that supposedly "went under" and what they were actually
On Jun 16, 10:37 am, email@example.com wrote:
I had just seen an article where a guy was making 1-1/2" thick jarrah
wood doors. Unfortunately, he was also the sole supplier of the panels
listed in the article; when I went to see about them all I got was a
dead link, leaving me stuck with what looks like a really great
project but no way to finish it. I was hoping for once to be able to
find decent wood panels without having to try and glue smaller panels
together. But it seems like it's easier to find weapons grade
plutonium than a nice, wide, piece of wood. ;-(
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