Peter Coe - Cabinetmaker.  Peter Coe is a Carpenter, Cabinetmaker, and Furniture Maker in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
Special Projects
Arch Top Door
Boxed Columns
Closet Doors
Cribbed Log Ceiling
Entrance Door Vigas
Japanese Tea House
Western Collection
Winding Stairs
Window Treatments
Carved Signs
French Provincial Cabinet
Home Library
Media Center
Slant Front Desk
7 Drawer Chest
17 Drawer Chest
Butternut Cupboard
Cherry Bookcases
China Cupboard
Coffee Table
Dining Table
Dr. White's Chest
Dropleaf Table
Hanging Cupboard
Kids' Stools
Telephone Desk
Work Table
Writing Desk

Entrance Door Vigas

Entrance Door Vigas

This is an example of coming up with a solution when an architect’s creativity followed by plan changes leads to unforeseen consequences.

This is the main entrance to the house. It opens into the mudroom which is at the end of this wing of the house. The roof on the mudroom is a continuation of the roof on the garage (not shown). The garage is set into the back corner of the wing with a 16 degree rotation from the axes of the wing. As a result, the center line of the wing is not parallel to the center line of the garage. If the mudroom roof eave were to be parallel with the mudroom wall, the eave would not be level. We did a mockup and having a sloping eave did not look good. So the mudroom eave is level and square with the garage roof but not parallel to the mudroom wall.

Since we had already put the piers in when we did the foundation work, we decided to vary the orientation of the aspen vigas. The viga on the left side of the farthest ‘V’ is vertical. The centerline of the middle ‘V’ is vertical. And the viga on right side of the closest ‘V’ is vertical. The fir viga that is the support beam is just lined up with the top of the ‘V’s and somewhat split the difference between the mudroom wall and roof eave.

Entrance Door Vigas

This is the nine panel entrance door I made from reclaimed Doug fir from San Juan Timberwrights in Arboles. We had the door and window company make a jamb and sidelight and I installed the door in that

Door Detail

After I started up my own woodworking business in 1983, the second job I had was in an 18th century house in Great Barrington, Massachusetss. The owners liked the frame molding in the doors and I did too. I had a set of cutters made to match. I have used them quite a bit since. The cope cutter is made to go on a stub spindle on my shaper so I can make mortise and tenon joints for tenons of any length. The longer the tenon the stronger the joint.

Back to Pagosa Springs in 2005, since I was making nine doors I bought a hollow chisel mortiser which I had wanted for a long time and have since made good use of.