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Friday, September 7, 2012

Gnome Door Tutorial

From time to time I'll post a tutorial on how I make some items.  This is one of those times.  In order to make a Gnome Door you'll need the following materials and tools:  1/4"x2 7/8"x4 1/4" birch plywood (2),  3/4 x 2 7/8" x 4 1/4" pine (1),  Popsicle sticks (2),  wood axle peg,  stain/wax,  scroll saw, scratch awl/nail,  knife,  drill, glue, compass, and some clamps.

Here's what we're making.
Step 1.  Scribe lines on one of the pieces of 1/4" plywood, 1/4" apart, with a knife, from top to bottom.
2.  Layout and cut arched door frame on the piece of 3/4" pine.  Leave 1/4" sides and top to the door frame.
3.  Place the scribed piece of plywood behind the cut out arched door frame.  Trace the inside of the arched door frame on the scribed piece of plywood and cut this "door" out.
4.  Trace the outside of the arched door frame onto the remaining piece of plywood, and cut.  This is the back.
5.  Assemble the back piece of plywood and the arched door frame, and glue up as one piece.
6.  Mark, cut, and fit door cross members from Popsicle sticks, and glue them onto the door.
7.  Locate where to drill hole for the door knob, and drill to fit wood axle peg.
8.  Glue the door inside the door frame.
9.  Use a nail or an awl to poke small indents where nails might be placed in the door cross members.  Glue axle peg into hole.
10.  Apply wood gel stain, strain, or one off the stain wax combos to the piece, and wipe off, leaving stain in the scribed lines and "nail holes".  Pain the door knob white.
There are several options.  You can carve hinges from the Popsicle sticks, paint and glue on the door.  You can use twigs as a door frame.  You can change the Gnome door shape too.


hwallen48 said...

Thank you Tom
Great job as usual! Ever hear from Thomps family? Hope they are doing well.

Tom H said...

I sold several of the knives that Thomas made and sent the money to his wife. Heard back from her then, but that was some time ago.