This is a solid cherry door I made for our basement bathroom. It's the first
door I've made and is unique because the upper and lower panels are
book-matched. That is, they're taken from a single board, sawn in two and then
glued on edge so the grain is symetric about the center line.
The door is 32" wide and 1 3/8" thick. It was constructed by laminating
boards together to obtain this thickness. Rails and stile attachment was
reinforced with dowels in addition to the edge gluing. In addition, small
rubber "balls" were inserted around each of the panels, in the grooves, to
prevent rattling of the panels as the door closes.
Assembly required the arched upper panel be inserted first and then
the rectangular lower panel could be slid into place before the last stile was
After sanding to 220 grit paper, it was sealed with a coat of
General Finishes Seal-a-Cell. After this, it was buffed with 0000 (four-ot)
steel wool. After this, I applied four coats of semi-gloss
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal followed by a fifth coat of satin finish.
The handle and latch are the Medici lever set from Emtek.
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