BOARDED DOOR AND FRAME IN OLD OAK, handmade
for an extension to a 15th century farmhouse.
Of the two main types of door, boarded and framed, boarded was the
most common up until the late 17th century. This example uses wide boards
of tapered and rebated cross section, where the thinnest edge slides
inside the rebate of the moulded, thickest, edge of the adjacent plank.
This simple and typically medieval method was often used to great effect,
not only on doors, but also on panelling, particularly dias panelling.
These external boards are nailed to a skin of horizontal oak boards,
called ‘counter-boarding’ and the ends of the nails are bent over
in the traditional manner, for extra strength. This makes for a very
sturdy and heavy door, some 2” thick, and, with an automatic deadlocking
nightlatch fitted, offers a high degree of security. The frame has external
chamfered edges ending in ‘lambs-tongue’ stops. Inside, a pair of 30”
long, plain iron, strap hinges (or ‘rides’) are nailed to the door and
hung on ‘pintles’ driven well into the oak frame.
exterior surfaces have been treated with traditional limewash and the
working bell pull to the left was hand-made by our blacksmith.