"Reclaimed" Shop Door

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Project by Levo posted 01-22-2016 03:49 PM 913 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on remodeling my new shop. It’s the “office” and 6 bay garage that my grandfather started his custom home building company that he kept open with the highest rating, zero complaints (those in the business know it’s not easy to do) for 63 years. He wasn’t huge, but built 30-45 homes a year. Long story short, he passed away in 2010; 3 doors down in the same hospital my Grandmother was in recovering from Colon Cancer. Pain she had been suffering through severely for almost a year because she wouldn’t leave him when Alzheimer’s diesease started to take over. I’m thankful that she is very healthy today, but didn’t want to live alone in the huge house he built for her and their 4 boys 47 years ago on 4 acres on the St. John’s River (6 bed, 3.5 bath, 2 car attached….and my new “workshop” at the back of the property.) So my family moved in with her graciously. She asked me if I wanted to continue (and grow) my business that he taught me to love in the same building he started in….OF COURSE!

So I’ve done an extreme amount of demo. Keeping EVERY piece of wood that was salvageable to re-use in some way. Very sentimental about this shop, but he was more to me then a father, grandfather, or any label. I can’t explain how much everything he has done for me and my brother growing up has meant and the love he continued to give to us and our families until he passed.

I’ve started to load almost everything I own that concerns woodworking and all my IT stuff (Servers, monitors, equipment, etc..). The door was falling apart as you can see in the first image. But it’s original and with everything else I refurbished it. Had a blast with it. It was BAD! A large piece of 3/4 Birch was holding the bottom cross hatch had rotted out.

I found pieces of Fir from other parts of the demo to replace rotten wood, removed the windows because I wanted a screen door and solid door. It’s nothing very spectacular but I’m STOKED beyond explanation that I was able to keep the original door and it be sturdy and up to code. I LOVE IT! I’m going to finish it in a dark burgundy (original color before sun, rain, and general Florida weather on a lake got to it over the years).

-- Chris - Residential Custom Wood Work - Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 02:40 PM

Very touching story, good on you.
Side note I have the exact same designed door on my shop.
Was the mudroom (coat room) door all while I was growing up at my parents; rescued it from sitting outside and to be turned into firewood.

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#2 posted 01-25-2016 12:27 AM

great story – nice to keep the ties with the past and give meaning to what you do
thanks for sharing

-- Greg Simon

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