I'm finished - finally - with all my bathroom work. Faux painted the walls,
laid a ton of tile, made two vanities each with numerous partitioned
drawers, made a makeup table for 'her",also a stool, installed the johns,
sinks, lights, etc. Now I'm ready for the next project.
The next project is a front, exterior door. Been "Sketchuping" it, not
finished yet, this is a link to the Sketchup file...
All the stuff is in layers so one can see joinery, etc. If you want to see
but don't use Sketchup, here is a link to a jpeg showing the details at the
center rail and panels.
http://www.filedropper.com/frontdoor_1 interior is to the left, exterior to
The door will be African mahogany, stiles and rails are to be 1 3/4" thick,
panels 1 1/2". In both cases, the thickness will be achieved by gluing
thinner boards face to face.
The outside of the door will be pretty conventional; the drawings don't show
it but I may cope the rails/stiles on that side.
The inside of the door will be different as I want the panels - bottom one
especially - to overlay the rails & stiles? Why? Because we have a cat
that sprays. If the panel is recessed, urine runs down inside the panel and
cat urine is the most corrosive substance in the known universe. The
obvious solution is to get rid of the cat. OK, want him? Barring that, the
only solution I can think of is to have the panel overlay rails/stiles.
I've built numerous passage doors, never an exterior one (except for screen
doors) so I have some questions...
1. Can you see any problem with the panels overlaying rails/stiles on the
2. How big a stub tenon on the panels?
3. I am somewhat concerned about the difference in relative humidity inside
to outside in the winter when the house is heated and the interior RH is
considerably lower than it is outside. When I hung some of the cabinet
doors I recently made in my unheated shop I left a fat 1/16" gap between
left and right doors, each of which was about 13", 26" total, close to what
the front door panel width will be. That gap increased by at least 1/8"
within a couple of days. (RH higher in shop than inside house). I don't
think the front door will bow, it will be pretty stout, but I welcome your
thoughts and experience. (IME, a clear coat finish - maybe paint too - won't
stop seasonal movement).
I have also considered a board and batten door, also a "Z" door. They
aren't appropriate for the house. I have also seen (pictures only) of doors
that use a bottom to top "rail" consisting of boards glued up into one
solid, top to bottom panel which is then let into the two stiles; I don't
know if the panel boards are T&G or not but I can't imagine how it would
handle expansion & contraction if not. OTOH, I have seen numerous boats
with the sides built of narrow, glued up planks, then fastened to the ribs;
a real bear to fix damage but the expansion and contraction doesn't push the
deck off :)
I thank you and welcome all comment regarding the above.