Screen Door

SHOJI PAPER REPAIR

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 | 0 comments

I had some folks from Southern Oregon contact me. They had a 4 panel, folding Shoji they brought back from Japan. This was interesting in it’s self as they don’t make a lot of folding screen in Japan.  We had to coordinate the shoji delivery as they were passing through Portland from Ashland (Southern Oregon) and had a small window to stop by the shop with the shoji. I assume this was a “made for export” item. it was well made and appeared to be of Hinoki or Sugi Japanese wood. I removed the old paper and replaced with a Kozo (Japanese Mulberry) type paper. Tough and...

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Shoji Cabinet For The Dalles

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 | 0 comments

Shoji Cabinet For The Dalles

    Some of my clients become patrons. In this case, Lauretta and her sister Diana hired me a couple years ago to build shoji for their newly remodeled basement and create a bedroom. I blocked off the end of one room with 2 large shoji made of my favorite wood: Superior Grade Alder. About a year ago, there was some talk between us about adding a cabinet. They had already discussed this with a cabinet maker in The Dalles OR, where they live. he was to make something that would require 2 or maybe 3 Shoji to cover part of it. It was to have some drawers. As the months went by, we kept in...

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Installing a Closet Door Package with Jambs

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 | 0 comments

Installing a Closet Door Package with Jambs

My client has hired me a few times in the last few yrs. Lately, I cut down his closet doors in a basement room and added my typical hardware setup to good results. In todays bit, I installed shoji in a hall/entry closet. The client wanted a “mill-core” type trim detail. This means NO trim and the dry-waller (or sheet-rocker) tapes the jamb directly to the drywall. This was popular with architects wanting a super clean line…NO CASING. Why I’m doing my blog on this job is to point out the custom made jambs on either side of the doors. A “Jamb” is the finish...

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Amado Door-Solid Wood Sliding Door

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 | 0 comments

Amado Door-Solid Wood Sliding Door

I recently got a call from a retro-60’s furniture store owner. He told me he had a client that need my services.  It turned out that the client; Tim, needed about 8 lineal feet of sliding door. Although he was of Japanese decent, he was not interested in Shoji. At my shop, I showed him a set of Amado doors I have from Japan and are about 80 or 90 yrs old. They are antiques  that I keep around to show people. They are made of Pine and look almost exactly like what I built in the pics below. Tim loved them and we agreed that I would build him a pair of doors that slide on one track...

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The Bug-Screen Door Finished and Installed

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 | 0 comments

The Bug-Screen Door Finished and Installed

Looks nice…but my cat doesn’t like it! I assume she will destroy the beautiful bronzed screen. May have to put in a thin clear acrylic in the lower parts. I live in a California Style Bungalow and they look great in my home. Next up for my house is a pair of narrow shoji to replace the French doors in my office.   This door is now available as a kit for $1500. This includes the jambs, finish, hinges, and the screen installed. I can do this for $150 less if you want to finish it your self. The price includes a crate. You pay whatever the shipping is via Pilot Freight....

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Building a Bug-screen Shoji

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 | 0 comments

When the flies started invading my house, I decided to take action! I built a shoji of Western Red Alder, (Alnus Rubra) which is my favorite wood. I finished it with a Urethane varnish, also called polyurethane, as it offers a better resistance to heat, solvents and abrasions than any other varnish. Finishing the wood is a major problem for woodworkers. They can do perfect work with the design, assembly and sanding…then mess it all up applying a finish. I ‘ve tried them all. I’ve bought an expensive spray gun and loads of materials to run therough it with varying success. On...

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