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Offline CeeJay

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Custom Kwila Balcony Door
« on: August 29, 2021, 04:40 AM »
After we built our balcony last year we left the entry at the top of the stairs open. We figured breeze and sun would be nice.

However after 6 months the blazing western afternoon sun had us rethinking, so I decided to put a door in.

It’s a weird size (650 x 2400) so a standard door wouldn’t fit so I built one.

I used Kwila to match the step treads and the Corten screens. I decided to try and make operable louvres so we can adjust for angle of sun and still let the breeze through.

I used full-width bridle joints top and bottom, and big M&T joints for the centre. I pinned the joints with 12mm Ebony dowels.

To make the louvres pivot I used stainless steel shelf pins, epoxied in to the rails.

Finished with some nice black hardware and 2 coats of Osmo UV protect, I’m really pleased with it.







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Offline lshah72414

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Re: Custom Kwila Balcony Door
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2021, 08:04 AM »
You Sir, are very talented. Love your attention to detail. Beautiful work.

Offline MikeGE

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Re: Custom Kwila Balcony Door
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2021, 08:17 AM »
This is a beautiful door!  Do you adjust each louver separately, or are they joined somehow so all move when one is moved?

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Custom Kwila Balcony Door
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2021, 11:29 AM »
Kwila? Never heard of that. It looks great though.
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Offline tsmi243

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Re: Custom Kwila Balcony Door
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2021, 01:02 PM »
Outstanding

I seem to remember you posting pics of the porch before, and thinking "this couldn't possibly get any cooler"

And then you go and do something like this...   [big grin]

Offline CeeJay

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Re: Custom Kwila Balcony Door
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2021, 05:13 PM »
Thanks all for the kind compliments.

No the louvres have to be adjusted individually. I very briefly thought ‘how cool if they were all joined’ then thought about how to achieve that without some ugly outrigger arrangement and abandoned that idea!

Kwila is also called Merbau. It’s a tropical hardwood, quite oily, very weather resistant. Pretty much all outdoor furniture in Australia is made of Kwila.

It bleeds a lot of tannin. After I cut the rough parts for this project I left them out in the summer rain for 4 months to let the tannins bleed out, otherwise it doesn’t take finish at all well.


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Offline Cheese

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Re: Custom Kwila Balcony Door
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2021, 02:08 PM »
Nice job on the door... [smile]  Did you ever think about some small hidden gearing to link all of the louvers together? So if you move 1 louver the entire row will rotate.

And I still like the Cor-Ten panels.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2021, 03:26 PM by Cheese »

Offline CeeJay

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Re: Custom Kwila Balcony Door
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2021, 04:36 PM »
Nice job on the door... [smile]  Did you ever think about some small hidden gearing to link all of the louvers together? So if you move 1 louver the entire row will rotate.

And I still like the Cor-Ten panels.
Thanks Cheese. I did think about it for a really short time. Then thought about the hot sun, tropical rain, wood movement, and came to my senses….


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Offline luvmytoolz

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Re: Custom Kwila Balcony Door
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2021, 10:07 PM »
Fantastic work, really looks awesome, must weigh a heap!

I'm really curious how it's holding up to the sun and weather, and how the Osmo is fairing?

Offline CeeJay

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Re: Custom Kwila Balcony Door
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2021, 10:41 PM »
It’s pretty heavy. About 40kgs or 100lbs.

So far it’s holding up great in the weather but only been up 12 weeks so will let you know an a year or so!


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