Special Mention: That dowel jig is the very best thing! I do have my own which I picked up at Bunnings, but this old-school, Australian made, Silex dowel jig that my Uncle lent me is entirely superior! I attempted the first batch of holes using my jig, but it failed to keep the drill bit square with the timber. (This is an issue when you’re as wonky as I). The corresponding holes would veer off at opposing angles, causing great difficulty when I attempted to join ends together! Following the laments of my troubles, my Uncle pulled out this gem, and I tell you, I would like to find one for myself.
Materials: Left over Dressed Western Red Cedar from my window build.
Satisfaction? Immense. First: It is such a pleasure to work with pre-dressed timber for I can get stuck straight into the build without fussing around! (Yes, you could call that laziness). Second: This was a new technique for me- I haven't often used dowels as a joinery method so it was a fun to give it a proper go. Third: Have I mentioned before how much I enjoyed building my front door? This was no less agreeable.
Going Forward? The plan is to finish off the door with mesh panels, a good-looking handle and a lick of oil.