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Thread: My fore Door

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    My fore Door

    As some know, I have been working on a Model T towncar 1912 and today I made a jig/mold to for 1/8" slats of oak into the bottom of the door (fore door they called it) Gobs of Polyurethane glue and handscrew clamps and all is well, we'll see tomorrow if it fits the opening.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Southern Louisiana
    looks like lots of fun there bill. i hope it fits perfectly


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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Floydada, Tx
    Sounds like fun. Rebuilding old cars and woodworking are the two best things.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Cool stuff, Bill. Is the fore door essentially part of the frame that holds the door panel? And what will the door panels themselves be made of?
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    What I bent was the bottom of the door frame and the frame of the spacer (or hinge stile in cabinet talk) frame. The rest of the frame will be constructed with Finger joinery.

    As a result this is the bottom of the frame

    Which fits the existing door space pretty well

    Today I made the other side and after we determine the door size and make the frame (also bowed outward) I will cover with Cabinet grade Birch Plywood.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Hi Bill.
    I look forward to see it finished. Keep on posting
    Best regards,

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    Very cool Bill! Please keep posting your progress.


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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    how much, if any, springback did you get?
    6 or 8 layers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    how much, if any, springback did you get?
    6 or 8 layers?
    6 layers of 1/8" approx, 1/8" gap (total) when released from the mold. I was doing one to see and if necessary adjust the form but with such aminimal amount, when I construct the othe sides of the door and join it together (gets a cross brace in the middle as per original) I should be able to bring in the 1/8" and the skin glued to the fram will hold it snug. So, my test piece became the finished piece which turned out swell.

    I asked on a couple of forums, some opinion on the "Springback" and got answers ranging from zero to more than an inch. I talked to a fellow in a WWing store who claims to have done a "lot" of laminate bending and he insisted more than an inch with such a sized piece.

    Go figure, Could be the way I closed it, or the glue, or the cool damp weather, or the way it should be.

    I considered cutting "bricks" and stacking them, right up untill I made the form, turned out well and will use this method with future projects (I have another Model T waiting till I finish this one, In fact I'm working on two others right now. (only not as extensive, just making/repairing parts)

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    glad it worked well for you bill!
    wood being what it is the next piece might spring more......or less? there`s no magic formula a fellow can plug in to where the wood will behave every least not that i`m aware of.
    by holding it in position with a skin and a cross brace it sounds as though you`ll have a sturdy door.
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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