This Entry is called
The Arlington
It is Old Growth Redwood
with figured Redwood panels

With a 42" x 80" Redwood door with 2 ~ 16" sidelights
and a 3 piece transom of stained glass
The clear glass is art glass called Seedy Reemy


Here is the proposed drawing
And here is the finished Entry
and the proposed transom

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And here is the completed door


Here is a close up of the obscure art glass
The panels are bookmatched Curley Redwood and Redwood burl
with a "birds eye" Redwood mid rail
Here are the sidelights with book matched panels


a closer look
and a a close-up of the glass
This is an old stained glass window the client used as a "starting reference" for their transom stained glass

and this is the outcome of the collaboration between clients and Dragon Eye Glass
a close-up of the center transom
Here the glass is back lit
another view of this beautiful glass

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Here is the History of the making of The Arlington Entry

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Here are some of the "end cuts" of the door stock.
AND ..... NO LIVE TREES were cut in the making of this amazing lumber
Here is some of the Old Growth Redwood, being used for this commission ...... please notice ....... over 42 "growth rings" per inch ...... that is 42 years to grow 1 inch ........ hmmmmm
All of the wood comes from rough full 2" Redwood stock
Here is the "stock" for the Entry door

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...... and is face jointed to be perfectly straight and flat
...... the the edges are jointed to be cut to width
Here I am starting the fitting process. I hand size and fit each piece to fit perfectly ...... now and for the rest of time !!
The the pieces are coped ... piece by piece

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and lastly I fit each and every mullion to fit ... just a "tad" tight.
here I am dry fitting the sidelight
and fitting the mullions
we build the door for the inside ~ out

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All of the excess glue is removed ...... and the joints are cleaned and the cleaned again
.... oh yeah ...... and then we really clean them ... with a toothbrush and clean water
here is one of the sidelights being cleaned
Here the sidelight will stay in clamps for a full 72 hrs

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Here the door will stay in clamps for a full 72 hrs ...... but we'll lay it flat on the floor. .... notice it has 11 clamps ... tight ... huh !!
The door is checked for flatness
and excess glue and flaws are scraped and the sanded
Here the panel blanks are laminated

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and the book matched Redwood panels are glued together
Here the beautiful Redwood panels are glued up in a vacuum press and kept under a vacuum seal for at least 3 days
All of the molded edges are the hand sanded to a furniture quality finish
After the door is sanded it is ready to mortise for hinges and "sign"

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Here is a mortised hinge slot. I use 4" ball bearing hinges
Here is the entry with its' first coat of the 4 coats it is to receive
The door and sidelights cure at least 3 to 4 days between coats ....... this is very important
Here are the panels being sanded ....... to 220 grit

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........ just before oiling
........ the wood comes alive with the application of the varnish oil
These are the matched ~ book matched Curly Redwood sidelight panels
and here are the door panels

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..... after all of the coats of our varnish-oil
here each stop is laid out
and then had cut and fitted to each lite


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Here is the insulated and tempered
"Seedy-Reemy" art glass
Here is the door ready for stopping
... again ..... each stop is hand cut and fit
the panels are suspended in the door with a special neoprene ball and the caulked in

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Here are the transom frames glued up
... and then checked for flat ....... and sanded
.... and then hand sanded
Here are all of the redwood stops that will be used ........ they are "soaked" in the varnish-oil at least 3 times

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Here are the jambs being laminated
and here are the transom jambs being laminated

and here are the jambs curing after being oiled on all sides

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