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Making A Simple Door

Making a Simple Door

When I was building a simple door to use in one of my dioramas, I thought that a small article on how to build a door might just be of some use to others too. Therefore I sat down behind my good old computer and decided to put some things on the harddisk. I hope you can use this simple method.

Step 1 : The Base

When you decide to make a door, the best thing to do is to start with a simple piece of wood that you use as the base for further modeling. On the picture you see a piece of wood that I cutted to the exact size to fit in the wall. I used "Abachi wood" for this part. Abachi is the type of wood that is used in the modeling world to make decks in ships. It's strong, easy to saw and cut, and has a very nice grain that can easily be weathered.

A lot of people would have chosen Balsa wood, but I think it's a bit too soft for the purpose of the base for a door. Balsa comes in very handy in the next steps....I'll explain why in a few minutes.
(The ruler you see in the picture is scaled in Centimeters)

Project Photos

About the Author

About Danny Wennekes (Eagle)

I started modeling at the age of 10. When I was 22 my work forced me to quit the hobby until I returned to the modeling frontline at the age of 36. Nowadays I model dioramas, but in the land of modeling I admire the figure painters.... so skilled and most of them are great guys too.... My favo...


Ummm....I have one small question: How do you make doorhandles? I understand that other people may be able to figure it out, but I sure can't. Thanks for your time.
NOV 05, 2003 - 12:51 PM
Well, when I come to detailing, I'll show you how it's done.
NOV 05, 2003 - 06:44 PM
Mebm, That is not so difficult ... Take some solder ( Kan iemand dat ff vertalen ....soldeer draad .. ) and bend that in the appropriate form...Glue is on a small plate for the protection of the door ( see the door handles in your own house ) and add this to the door that Danny discribed and your ready . ( Use super glue to glue the door handle ....) That al there is to it.......... good luck.. Eric
NOV 06, 2003 - 06:22 AM
soldeerdraad = soldering-wire please sir, don't mention it Kris
NOV 06, 2003 - 09:20 AM