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Carved front door5/11
I've been asked to make this door. What puzzles me is that it looks to be made of a solid wood glue up. Expansion/contraction issues leads me to believe it must be a torsion box? Hollow core with applied 3/8" "skins" of wood? Any input of how to make this would be greatly appreciated!
Karl, I think 3/8 skins are probably going to have the same problem of acting like a solid, and just tear off your grid.
I think I would just try to find the best stable, good carving wood that I could get my hands on. Something like QS Mahogany, or Teak.
Then, I've gotten to where I'm using CPES for some of my projects that think may need to be better than whatever wood I've chosen. While it was formulated to soak into decayed wood, it is super thin, and will penetrate most sound wood, and make it less absorbent to moisture.
That is a great design. Are the eyes windows?
I can't help myself. Maybe you could ask the original artist how they made the door before you copy it.
Really??? Copyright issues? It's all been done. Can no one chime in here to help another woodworker? The hubris in this woodworking world sometimes baffles me. C'mon guys.
The copyright issues have been discussed here several times before, with no real resolution.
It is hard to say on this what is or is not covered. The letter of the law may lean one way, while the spirit may lean the other.
Anyone that has had an original design ripped off will certainly feel one way. A hungry woodworker, looking at what should be a good bit of work, will feel another.
The problem here may go to the client that has requested the work be copied - putting both the woodworker and the spirit of the law in jeopardy. I have had any number of 'designers' over the years tempt me with copying everything from Eames to Starck to FLW. "You can do it for half that, I bet!" they plead.
I would respond to the OP by telling him he could have described one or two ways of making the door, without a picture, and then ask which is the better method. Or just show the door and ask how it would be made? I see such things and I immediately wonder how they are made, and especially, how they will look in 10 years.