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From design inspiration...
product. In this section I hope to show you how I approach
a project from the design phase to the installation. I'll
touch on each phase and attempt to go into detail concerning
the process used to accomplish the task at hand. Let me start
by saying that there are many ways to achieve the end results.
This just happens to be how I achieve them on this particular
project...so first we have to take the design submitted for
these elevator doors and decide how strictly we want to follow
the design and where we can take artistic license and make
changes. Many times budget helps to determine the particulars...
So the first step would be a scaled working drawing. I use
different CAD software to do this. And I draw it the way I
would build it. Starting from the outside and working my way
in. The outside in this case would be the field measurements
of the opening that the door will be made for. This
gives me the measurements for the framework that the door
will hinge to. Next would be the door frame itself, then the
vertical pickets. Followed by the decorative elements
top and bottom. Along the way you have the opportunity to
engineer the piece so you don't have any unexpected "challenges"
later in the fabrication process. CAD drawings enable
you to draw it once and plot out whatever section your working
on. You can have an enormous amount of detail and information
in a CAD drawing.
I have a good working drawing I can begin to start the wax
part of the process. It has been decided that the decorative
fill for this set of doors will be cast using the "Lost
method of casting enables you to get incredible detail and
undercuts that you couldn't get using the sand casting approach.
To give you an overview of the "lost wax" process,
check out this
site On to the making of the wax masters...