Jennifer Wadsworth wrote:Joe - you and I must be thinking along the same time as my first impulse was to make it pivot around a central bar as well. Only problem is, you would possibly have a very awkward space to enter and exit through. Now you could move the center bar to about the 2/3 spot. The door would not pivot all the way around but you would get a larger, more accommodating opening than one split in half and it would take up less room than the full door swinging in. It would also allow for the center doorknob to be more ergonomic.
Also, I visited the Hobbiton set when in NZ over Christmas 2011/2012 (what a wonderful country!). Alas none of the doors opened as I recall. The interior scenes were all shot in a studio in Wellington. (NZers, correct me if I'm wrong).
paul wheaton wrote:
Since the door will be made of many wooden layers, and the wall will be made out of cob and straw bale, it is possible that a lot of the hinge stuff can end up being hidden.
What am I not thinking of?
paul wheaton wrote:As we design this, I think we can keep in mind that there are heavier doors - like on vaults. So we are not talking about stuff that has never been done before, or even that unusual.
Amedean Messan wrote:How would you envision a hinge strap door like that mounted up on mud plaster walls?
Benjamin Sizemore wrote:Awesome idea about the hobbit door, but don't forget, those are movie sets and not functioning houses.
Paul Wheaton wrote:Of course, steel does not come in rounds like this. So here is the same thing made from a bunch of flat pieces welded together.
Sean Kibler wrote:If only you had someone who loves to weld things...
Ken Peavey wrote:A pocket door can be a simple solution for folks with less developed carpentry skills.
The whole door slides left and right.
This would allow wheels to support the weight, handle a great deal of weight, removes the need for a cumbersome hinge, takes up no interior space for a swing.
Wheel placement on a hidden section can counterbalance the weight to allow easy sliding/rolling.
The round section can be weather stripped where it contacts the jamb. Still thinking about the weather stripping for the other half.