Watson Mill - arched door, part 1

by brae  

I wanted an arched door for Watson mill to keep with the curved aspect of the facade, and as mentioned before the door opening had to be moved to the side to avoid the sails.  There's a relatively low ceiling on the first floor at 7 3/4" tall, which knocks out the ability to use the lovely Palladian door that stands just under 9" tall.  I also didn't want to overpower Gustav's modest stature with an enormous door.  Enter the Designer Home Hogarth window with shutters.  I bought this new old stock window at a local miniature show.  I have only the one, but if I am meant to find more in the future then it will happen.  :D

Using the trim as a guide, I measured the future door against the wall for comfortable otter accessibility.  Check!

I cut the inside bits on the scroll saw.

Pieces of strip wood were added to fill in as needed.

I filled, filed and sanded (and sanded).  More sanding will be required during painting as well.  These types of routed trims are not forgiving.  :\

The tools of the trade: a needle file set, a homemade sanding block and Minwax Wood Putty in natural pine.

Since doors open in, the frame will be reversed with the fancy trim on the inside.  I'll look for some fancy long hinges and an interesting door latch.  An oval side window might look good here as well.

On the outside, there will be a nice deep entryway.

Of course, with all the filler and residual tabs, the frame will need to be painted instead of stained, but I'll choose natural colors to blend and perhaps do a bit of faux finishing.  I won't cut the opening until much later, after I've built a few things for the interior and tried out some layouts.  These sorts of choices and trials are why I keep my houses in dry fit for so long.  :]

10 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

Wonderful! It will be perfect and just right for Gustav!

04/16/17 @ 11:06
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

What an Adorable door this window conversion has become! Well Done Brae!

04/16/17 @ 11:44
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]

Very lovely door! Gustav must be getting excited to see how it’s coming together!

04/16/17 @ 11:59
Comment from: Julia [Visitor]  

Hello, Brae! Fabulous doors. This set of arches are very beautiful. Hugs, Julia

04/16/17 @ 14:03
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

That’ll look just lovely!

04/16/17 @ 14:38
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

What a clever idea! Gustav looks as though he approves.

04/16/17 @ 21:59
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

It was a beautiful window, but it’s a perfect door. It’s always nice to find a solution in your stash, isn’t it. :)

04/17/17 @ 05:16
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

A double door, and in just the right scale for Gustav!

I’ve said it before, but I love seeing you come up with these solutions to the quandaries, big and small, that present to you as you develop your original idea into your final build.

I can’t wait to see what’s next!

04/17/17 @ 19:07
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

Probably the best piece of advice I’ve learned from this blog is to keep everything un-glued until I’m positive everything fits. That is a fancy-ass door and it looks fab :0)

04/18/17 @ 00:07
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much! :>>

I still sleep on it before gluing walls in place – just in case. :))

04/18/17 @ 14:53


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