Door Making episode 3


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There are lots of options of how to do the panels in the door. Paul shows how to insert a central perpendicular piece in place. He shows how to layout to ensure crisp mortice and tenons, after ensuring everything is square and aligned. Then comes the fitting of the tenons to the mortises to finish the initial door frame construction.


  1. redwood on 24 February 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Nice job, thanks for this one guys

  2. sherbin18 on 24 February 2016 at 6:05 pm

    While watching the project progress, I was wondering how the cabinet was going to be mounted to the wall. I have almost caught up to the sessions (I am now only one week behind). I should have the door frames completed in the next day or 2.

    I am trying to avoid having the carcass getting marred up. So I would like to get the cabinet mounted to the wall to get it out of the way (and get a leg up on mounting it.

    It would appear that the majority of the work remaining is to parts not related to the carcass.

    This is the project I have been waiting for!


  3. Joe Kaiser on 24 February 2016 at 7:30 pm

    “I wonder how many of you were counting just then”

    That put a big smile on my face. I got to 15 before I even realized I *was* counting. it has just become habit for me.

  4. lutejones on 24 February 2016 at 9:15 pm

    “Careful Joe, Pretty soon you’ll be blowing at the screen to get rid of the sawdust,,,like the rest of us.

    Hahaha so I’m not alone on this one!!!
    I do it all the time

  5. otakirilad on 25 February 2016 at 3:18 am

    I noticed Paul used three different tools for measuring – a tape, a square and a rule. I was always led to believe you should use only one so as to eliminate discrepancies that probably exist between tools. Any comment?

    • Peter George on 25 February 2016 at 4:10 am

      I noticed that the measuring Paul was doing was basically comparing one measurement with another and the comparisons were always tape to tape or rule to rule. For example when he was measuring for parallel and square, he was comparing measurements from the tape and when he was centering the piece he was comparing rule to rule. The absolute lengths were not measured, but were marked from the frame itself.

  6. JamesWilliams on 26 February 2016 at 2:31 am

    If I were to put in a horizontal cross piece as well, that would be two separate pieces, one for each side of the vertical center piece, correct?

  7. thecrumbler on 29 February 2016 at 1:47 am

    I was counting

  8. António on 24 June 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Thank You WWMC Team!

  9. Anton Stepikhov on 26 June 2016 at 4:12 pm


  10. Edward Kopczyk on 26 June 2016 at 7:18 pm


  11. Mark Hawkins on 27 June 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Hello Ed
    Thanks for your patience. I have now fixed it.
    All the best

  12. Mark Hawkins on 27 June 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Hello Daniel et al

    Sorry about that. I have corrected the page. It should display properly now.

  13. Igor Kerstges on 7 November 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Hi all,

    For thicknessing, I see Paul using a longer-than-number-4 plane. Does anyone recognize if this is a #5 or even a #5 1/2? (Or even upwards of that?)

    Cheers, Igor

    • Philip Adams on 7 December 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Hello Igor,
      It is a No 5. Paul does also use a 5 1/2 when relevant, but not anything larger.
      Best, Phil

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