(Try as I might, I’m struggling to get photos the right way up. I’ll investigate that.)
I thought I’d put up a picture of an oak door/gate I made recently. I really enjoyed making it and it’s doing this which has prompted me to do a bit more - hence my other posts about trying to get a small workshop up and running.
I made it without really knowing what I was doing so I wouldn’t be surprised to find that it warps and tears itself apart, although I did build in some room for expansion between the boards (there is a spline running in a groove between the boards, glued in one board to stop it dropping out the bottom, and “free” in the other board with a gap inside the groove and between the faces of the boards).
It weighs an enormous amount so I also half expect to find it lying face down under a pile of bricks one day!
To get the shape, I made a full size template out of MDF. Through trial and error I was able to deduce that the arch is half a circle which meant that I could make a “compass” for my router to make an accurate curve template.
I then made the door slightly oversize and got to the final shape with the router by following the template with a flush cut bearing bit.
It was very much a machine based project (I bought a hobby planer/thicknesser to size the boards from rough sawn dried planks). I’d like to have a play with some hand tools as well in the future because it’s fun to learn new things.
Whilst not perfect, I’m pleased with how the door turned out.
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