Working on doorway openings – hangings or doors
The main doorway opening from the entrance hall to the Great Hall is long and narrow. It was either going to be left open or have only a curtain, in a swagged back state – but by itself it looks insubstantial and not at all warming. A door is going to have to be made. If it is hung on image right and opens away into the entrance area and up against the stair rail, then some of the stair will show and the hanging can be just within the Hall area. That’s the theory.
The opening, not being wide enough for a double, the idea is to produce a single, gothic arched door with some fancy bits in the top corners to fill in the oblong.
Firstly there’s the frame. Being serious hoarders, I’ve stored the strongest and squarest cornered small boxes that pass my way. They do make good formers for frames of the level of accuracy that I’m likely to require.
The door itself is cut from thick obeche: it’s pretty solid. Instead of the usual careful sanding at the cut end, I’ve taken advantage of the ragged state of my sawing and torn the rough bits upwards so as to create a worn effect such as might happen after many years of buckets of water being chucked around to clean the surrounding stone floor.
The width is cut allowing for the frame, and all pieces have been tried out together within the doorway. Further adjustments will be made when hinge adding and door hanging take place.
Making the door
The wood is scored on both sides for planking, more or less in line back to front, and random distress has been caused to the surface and edges. I’ve stained it in two shades of oak – medium and dark – and added a little other colouring with pastels.
The top corners above the shaped door will probably have these cut items applied as mock carving. They are from the remaining strips used for the ceiling in the other half of the Hall. I’ll angle them to fit the triangular spaces left when the door is cut to shape and may paint the background and add a central ‘blob’ at the top point of the door frame.
Cutting the head of the door
The edge rubs down well and am hoping to shape the door frame above to fit closely enough to look reasonable. May have to add a little something on the top of the door to fake it.
Gauging the ‘look’
Thinking of adding iron studs on one side but need to work on it. Possibly will use shortened tacks. Would be nice if it were possible to add them to both but the wood won’t take it. Can’t imagine that I’ll be adding this many as in this mock-up on the right. Amongst other things, the wood would split after the first two in line down the grain. Possibly might paint a small pattern of them on with a thick mix(?) and save the wood.
If I don’t like the look of it because of its proportions, the door can be cut shorter and square cornered, with the removed piece attached as part of the framing above, possibly with ornamentation added. The then shortened, oblong door will hang a little like a wicket door within the frame.PS and, as usual, an irrelevancy: Along with fiddling around with the model house I want to add, from time to time, the odd friendly, jokey item. The one added as part of the Great Hall endeavour sits below the second half of the Hall when it’s in place. When the two halves of the Hall are separated it’s visible, placed just at the edge of the part I’m currently working on. Here he is for you to share. Well everybody’s got to be somewhere.