DOORS & IRON DOORS TERMS
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Doors and Gates
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| C | De
| Di | Do
| Gr | Ha
| He | In
| Kn | Le
| No | Ob
| Ro | Sh
| Si | Th
A board on which the various sections are drawn out full size.
A good door rod can be used to transfer the dimensions and forms
directly to the wood being used. This rod shows all the details
and measurements for a six-panel door drawn full size. The idea
is that you can read off and transfer the measurements and sections
directly to the wood and thus make swift and multiple components.
Traditionally, door makers built up whole collections of such
rods, each carefully labeled and identified.
Rising Butt Hinges
Rising butt hinges are designed so that the wearing surfaces of
the leaves are helical; thus when the door is opened, it rises
on the hinge. The idea is that when the hinge rises, the door
clears the carpet. When the door is released, it slowly falls
back into the closed position.
Ram's Horn Hinges
Ram's horn hinges are sometimes described as Pennsylvania German
or even American folk art hinges. These hand-forged iron hinges
are still made by country blacksmiths in the United States, England,
Germany, and elsewhere. The design and form of the hinge are more
or less the direct, almost inevitable result of the forging process.
The hot iron is looped, twisted, scrolled, and hammered with a
minimum of fuss, and the ram's horn form is the result. Although
the design illustrated is symmetrical, other hinges of a similar
type are worked so that they are left or right handed to fit the
corners of the door.
The rim lock serves as both a latch and a luck. The latch is turned
and operated by means of a square spindle operated by a pair of
knobs or handles. A key is used to operate the lock or bolt. A
box is screwed to the frame of the door to receive the bolt. The
good thing about this type of lock is that the whole works can
he screwed onto the surface of the door and the frame. All you
have to do is bore a hole through the door for the square spindle.
Rim locks are made from pressed steel and/or brass; some fancy
types have a box that is both fretted and chased. If the rim lock
has no latch, it is termed a "dead lock," meaning that
it can be opened and closed only by means of a key.