Parts one and
of this series showed construction of a small frame and panel
I made a half dozen of
those as learning exercises for the final project,
rebuilding the entrance to the crawl space in my
tri-level home. This may be way over engineered but the
old doors are truly ugly, made from thin paneling
covered with contact paper, and besides, I wanted to
learn how to make raised panels with hand tools.
Most of the techniques I
used came from the Woodwright’s Shop episodes mentioned
in part 2, this part 3 will document differences needed
to complete the larger scale crawl space entrance.
I built a new outer frame
from 2 inch pine to fit the existing opening. I have to
admit not using hand tools for that as I recently
acquired a Kreg K2 jig and wanted to try it out. Also
the rails on a butt jointed frame would be four inches
shorter than a mitered corner frame which worked out
much better with the 72″ stock I had.
Pencil study for cut list.
The outside dimension of the doors is determined by the
inside edges of the outer frame so I propped up the
outer frame and centered the stile pieces leaving about
1/16″ gap at the sides.
Outer frame with door stiles.
Each pair of stiles was checked for parallel with pinch
rods. Everything came out OK with very little tweaking.
Stiles were marked top and bottom where they touched the
outer frame. Then I centered the rail blanks on the
stiles and marked where they touched the rails left and
right. Those four lines define the dimensions of the
Checking stiles for parallel.