Understanding what makes custom carpentry so
At MoweryCraft, custom carpentry doesn't mean
cutting something to fit your space. It means
making it for your space. It means choosing the
right species of wood for your project. It means
designing and building just what you had in mind.
Step 1. I was contacted to
build a series of four doors to
convert an existing garage
space into a bonus room.
Cypress was the natural choice
due it's beauty and longevity.
After an extensive search for
just the right supplier, I
purchased rough sawn
cypress. Rough sawn means
that the wood was cut at a mill
but has not been planed,
shaped or sanded.
Cypress Door Project-November 2012
Step 2. The wood must now be
planed to make sure it has a smooth,
uniform thickness. Each board must be
sent through the planer several times
removing small amounts of wood with
each pass. It took a day and a half to
plane the wood for this project.
Thankfully my family finds the
constant, rhythmic hum soothing.
Step 3. After planing, the wood
edges must be shaped. The shaper
cleans the edges of the boards.
This whole process of planing and
shaping the wood is called
"dressing." (pictured below).
Step 4.Next, using tongue and
groove jointery, I made stiles,
rails, mullions, and panels.

Step 5.Now comes the most
intense part of the building
process. The 4' x 7' doors must be
carefully assembled, glued, and
clamped correctly before the glue
begins to set. They will remain
clamped and drying on the bench
for a day. Due to the size and
weight of the doors, 8" lag screws
were recessed into the stiles for
added strength.
Step 6.Next, the door is fitted
with a series of mullions that will
hold the insulated glass.
Step7. I made
custom molding to
trim the bottom
panels on the
doors and then
began the process
of prefitting the  
custom window

The finished