What Holds Doors Together


These kind of doors are obviously nailed together, which is not to say there is no joinery, it’s got the grooved floating splines and the mitered stub tenon, still, you need the nails in there.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA What you don’t do, and this point has become completely muddled, is glue this or any other door, to include a frame and panel construction. Such doors get pegged with a draw boor.

The idea to glue a door begins with a false conceptualisation, that it is a rigid plank, when in fact it will and should remain somewhat flexible.


One more door ready for getting hung-up.





  1. Very attractive doors Ernest. I generally use tongue and groove with a nailed crosspiece top and bottom, then a nailed diagonal brace between those, which is fairly strong, but by no means pretty. You used grooves with splines? That would save width.

  2. See, there are other interesting versions, the diagonal brace, but also the even simpler version for lighter doors with two or three clamps only, you’ve got the inlaid clamps with sliding dovetail. I like that one. But you forgot to mention which way the brace has to go John. I do like the regular tung and groove even though it costs some more wood. With the spline I think there you can work with a bit more precision as well.

    The one disadvantage, and this is what led on to the evolution to another door type, is the weight. These are heavy doors which will have consequences for the way this one gets hung, when it gets hung.


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