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Joined: October 26th, 2004, 7:00 pm

November 23rd, 2010, 11:40 pm #1


I had my front door stripped of the paint
layers,and refinished in a more natural look.
The door is almost forty years old and had at
least 5 layers of paint colors on it.

It now has a dark walnut stain and a marine
clear coat protective finish.

I replaced the clear glass with a two-way mirror.

I wanted something that would set the door off. So I
found a blacksmith who turned my design idea into steel.

It's amazing what they can do with steel...

http://www.wmcraft.com/gallery/stair_and_balcony_rails/

My door...



The iron cross that will cover the mirror...



It looks so much better in person, the tool marks are more visible.
The cross was made with one piece of steel. I'll get it installed
over the next couple of days and post a pic of the finished job.




RICK
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November 23rd, 2010, 11:56 pm #2

why on Earth would you put 2-way mirror in it?
Are you aware of the fact that 2 way mirror works just the opposite? By that I mean that during the day you can look out and no-one can see in but at night time it's the opposite.... you CANT see out but everyone else can see in!!
I know this as fact because I worked in the glass business for over 25 years! I'd seriously re-think that aspect and perhaps install a nice piece of colored glass such as Bottle glass or colored Flemish!
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Joined: June 19th, 2009, 6:51 pm

November 23rd, 2010, 11:57 pm #3

I had my front door stripped of the paint
layers,and refinished in a more natural look.
The door is almost forty years old and had at
least 5 layers of paint colors on it.

It now has a dark walnut stain and a marine
clear coat protective finish.

I replaced the clear glass with a two-way mirror.

I wanted something that would set the door off. So I
found a blacksmith who turned my design idea into steel.

It's amazing what they can do with steel...

http://www.wmcraft.com/gallery/stair_and_balcony_rails/

My door...



The iron cross that will cover the mirror...



It looks so much better in person, the tool marks are more visible.
The cross was made with one piece of steel. I'll get it installed
over the next couple of days and post a pic of the finished job.




RICK
And the iron work will definitely add that extra bit of charm to it

Looks like the iron worker must have go the piece cherry red then pulled the 'arms' around through the center; judging by the twists. A neat trick!

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November 23rd, 2010, 11:59 pm #4

why on Earth would you put 2-way mirror in it?
Are you aware of the fact that 2 way mirror works just the opposite? By that I mean that during the day you can look out and no-one can see in but at night time it's the opposite.... you CANT see out but everyone else can see in!!
I know this as fact because I worked in the glass business for over 25 years! I'd seriously re-think that aspect and perhaps install a nice piece of colored glass such as Bottle glass or colored Flemish!
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November 24th, 2010, 12:29 am #5

I had my front door stripped of the paint
layers,and refinished in a more natural look.
The door is almost forty years old and had at
least 5 layers of paint colors on it.

It now has a dark walnut stain and a marine
clear coat protective finish.

I replaced the clear glass with a two-way mirror.

I wanted something that would set the door off. So I
found a blacksmith who turned my design idea into steel.

It's amazing what they can do with steel...

http://www.wmcraft.com/gallery/stair_and_balcony_rails/

My door...



The iron cross that will cover the mirror...



It looks so much better in person, the tool marks are more visible.
The cross was made with one piece of steel. I'll get it installed
over the next couple of days and post a pic of the finished job.




RICK
back in 1965 in high school woodwork, I made an end table of walnut! Those woods were common then...like mahogany too...the Japanese die for all wood products!
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November 24th, 2010, 1:27 am #6

why on Earth would you put 2-way mirror in it?
Are you aware of the fact that 2 way mirror works just the opposite? By that I mean that during the day you can look out and no-one can see in but at night time it's the opposite.... you CANT see out but everyone else can see in!!
I know this as fact because I worked in the glass business for over 25 years! I'd seriously re-think that aspect and perhaps install a nice piece of colored glass such as Bottle glass or colored Flemish!
When the entry hall is dark, as it always is at night, and our outside lights are on (they come on when it starts getting dark), people can't see in and we can see them. I checked it out before I installed it. I didn't want something I couldn't see out of.




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November 24th, 2010, 1:30 am #7

back in 1965 in high school woodwork, I made an end table of walnut! Those woods were common then...like mahogany too...the Japanese die for all wood products!
I'm not sure what kind of wood it is, I used a walnut stain.




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November 24th, 2010, 1:32 am #8

And the iron work will definitely add that extra bit of charm to it

Looks like the iron worker must have go the piece cherry red then pulled the 'arms' around through the center; judging by the twists. A neat trick!

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He's an "Artist Blacksmith".





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November 24th, 2010, 1:40 am #9

When the entry hall is dark, as it always is at night, and our outside lights are on (they come on when it starts getting dark), people can't see in and we can see them. I checked it out before I installed it. I didn't want something I couldn't see out of.




RICK
You are absolutely correct! I was "assuming" that there would be light in the hallway. In which case if there was then you could not see out! Most people dont realize that until it's too late! Same thing applies to those who put shade screens or privacy screens over their windows! At night when its dark outside and more light on the inside people can see in but you cant see out!
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Joined: June 19th, 2009, 6:51 pm

November 24th, 2010, 1:48 am #10

He's an "Artist Blacksmith".





RICK
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