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LottaLiving.com • Need help locating a 3' slab exterior door in Beech
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Need help locating a 3' slab exterior door in Beech

Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:45 pm
by johnnyapollo

Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:37 pm
by SDR
You'll likely need to have one made. Send a good-quality door to the nearest veneering shop (look up "custom plywood") and they'll put whatever you want on either face. They may advise doing both sides at once to maintain flatness; if not ask them to guarantee the result. I don't advise doing this job yourself.

SDR

Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:50 pm
by Stephen

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:05 am
by Izzy
while we're on the subject, mdh is going to make us a front door this summer. We are going to pick up a solid slab at our local reuse building supply shop and he's going to cut out and build what we want.(which is very similar to a crestview) he's practicing first on our laundry room door so when he gets that done ill post it.
the laundry one will look similar to this design, he's already got the hole cut out
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anyone else make their own?

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:20 am
by SDR
I'd be nervous about the performance of a slab door made like a butcher-block: simply glued up from a single thickness of lumber. This is because any such slab is subject to warping when subjected to very different exposure to the elements (temperature and humidity) on its two faces. (Warping occurs when the fibers on one face expand when heated, or -- especially -- when they absorb moisture; that side grows and forces the panel into a curve.) An indoor application minimizes these differences, while a front door is usually heated, cooled and/or wetted on the outside -- expecially if it faces south -- while treated to a more or less constant temperature and humidity on the inside. (These effects are almost as pronounced with finished surfaces as with raw ones.)

This is why a wood solid-core slab door is made up of a lumber core with several layers of cross-banding on each face. Successful solid-lumber (unbanded) doors (think Frankenstein's castle or a log cabin) typically have heavy cross-members on one face, including a diagonal in the case of unglued planks.

SDR

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:17 pm
by johnnyapollo
I've seen some commercial doors made with better materials - they're usually fitted to metal frames, are thicker than what's typical and are hung with four hinges - I'm inquiring with suppliers now. I'm also investigating custom veneering.

-- John

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:44 pm
by SDR
Sounds good. Hopefully you'll be able to hang the door in your existing opening. . .?



SDR

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 7:53 pm
by egads
A solid core slab exterior door with an inside made of blocks of wood instead
of particle board is called "stave core". You can Google "stave core doors"
Here's one hit, a company that offers european Beech as a face option:

http://marshfielddoorsystems.com/Signat ... eCore.html

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:10 pm
by SDR
The beech they show is plain-sliced veneer. To get the little flecks instead of a large grain pattern, you'd request quarter-sawn veneer, I believe.

SDR

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:34 pm
by egads
Yes I noticed. Not the sort of beech of Ikea flat pack furniture.

Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:15 pm
by SDR
Right. All wood looks very different depending on how it is cut from the log. In this regard veneer is no different from boards -- with the exception of rotary-cut veneer, which is peeled from the log as if it were a (very big) window shade. CDX fir plywood is rotary-cut; you see a wild and repeating grain pattern.


SDR

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:17 pm
by johnnyapollo
There are several local distributors - one I've bought Schlage hardware from in the past, John Oatley Hardware. I wasn't aware that they did actual doors. I'll give them a call early next week (I don't believe they're open on weekends). They don't show rift-sawn beech (I believe it's the rift sawn and not the quarter sawn that gets the flecks but it could be that they have similar characteristics).

-- John

Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:25 pm
by SDR
Sounds good. Best of luck, and let us know how you make out. That pretty house deserves the best !


SDR