Acanthus Door Carvings

These are just a small part of several carvings for this job. The Acanthus leaf carvings will finish off a pair of doors for a kitchen cabinet installation.  It’s a very traditional style design which really defines a door panel.

I did these in Basswood as the doors, and kitchen , will be painted with an antiqued glaze finish.

The thickness of the mullions was 1/2 ” from the surface of where the glass will be to the face of the door itself. Not much room for carvings but they worked out just fine. The thinnest section is 1/4 inch and the thickest is just over 1/2 inch.

Since these have to fit into the door frame the trickiest part was to get the 8 points of contact to fit perfectly to the ogee shaped molding around the perimeter of the opening where the carving is to fit. Cut , trim, fit, cut , trim , fit, over and over until each piece fit perfectly was the order of the day.

 

Here is the band sawed piece fitted to the door panel

Here is the band sawed piece fitted to the door panel

 

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Though the carving is roughed in at this point you can see the fitting necessary where the carving meets the ogee shape around the perimeter.

Though the carving is roughed in at this point you can see the fitting necessary where the carving meets the ogee shape around the perimeter.

 

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The carvings are roughed it at this point but are starting to take on a delicate look.

The carvings are roughed it at this point but are starting to take on a delicate look.

 

The carving is completed with just a bit of sanding needed here and there.

The carving is completed with just a bit of sanding needed here and there.

 

For a carving just averaging 1/2 inch it took on some nice movement and depth to the look.

For a carving just averaging 1/2 inch it took on some nice movement and depth to the look.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dorisfiebig
    May 30, 2013 @ 21:31:03

    these are beautiful mark! i like the delicacy of them, and the movement they show. ,, oh yes, i can imagine that fitting this carving in was difficult. so many curves to respect, and one would see every error on such an exposed carving. great work!

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  2. markyundt
    May 31, 2013 @ 16:28:31

    Thank you Doris! Yes, fitting them to the door panel was a bit tedious but it went well. Getting each point to sit just right was important for the overall look. Gaps just don’t look good.

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  3. markyundt
    Nov 19, 2015 @ 16:36:23

    You’d have to contact me at mycarver@rcn.com

    Reply

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