Like I said a good job. Usually a door bit set used for a 5 period panel door consists of a stile bit and a rail bit, where it you where wanting an ogee profile, it would be included in mirror to each other. You created that without and I applaud that. "Other" techniques (such as yours and others) were also done often in the construction of various period doors. I've seen those other techniques in many period doors I've come across. They weren't all done the same way.
Not a criticism at all, but if you wanted to take that further into period looking finished millworks... Just a few tips on various of the other techniques that were done on a budget...
- Put a stop block into the corners when you are doing the profile. I see a lot of those 5 panel doors where either ogee or chamfer profiles were used and they stopped the profiles an inch from the inside corners.
- Another technique I've seen taken from where you left off it to continue the profiles with a chisel to bring each to a sharp 45 degree corner transition.
- Another completely different technique was to inset the inside edges and panels with an architectural moulding, with mitered corners. I see a lot of these, where the tooling was common, but the door was dressed up with period mouldings.
-- Other's I've seen that were left rustic, just left as simple T&G with through M&T'ed stiles and rails. No other profiles or mouldings.
-- Using raised panels as panels. But using MDF panels is a plus because you can fit them snug and not have to worry about expansion/contraction like you do have to with other wooden panels.
-- More costly, but using door S&T bit sets.
I like what you did. What you did looks good left as is. I have pulled doors that looked just like those. Those added ideas of mine are just FYI ideas added for others looking to do their own DIY 5 panel doors on a budget. A 5-panel door was a commonly used interior door pattern.
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Last edited by MAFoElffen; 11-22-2013 at 01:51 PM.