Old doors given a new lease on life

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Project by GaryL posted 04-08-2013 10:18 PM 1769 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally talked the homeowner into letting me take her ugly doors and spruce them up a bit. They are about thirty-two years old. It was somewhat of a crapshoot with the doors being painted originally. I had sanded off a section to see if it was possible to bring these up to a stain grade. After stripping and getting the old garbage off (they don’t make a stripper that is worth a *%# anymore), mostly sanding it off, they were in decent condition. I ended up replacing the operating door stile on the lockset side do to being bored and drilled for a mortise style Baldwin lockset. She did not want to spring for new ones of that caliber (expensive) so everything was changed to modern tubular style locksets. Patched the other stile, new panel trim, lower raised panels, and seeded triple pane glass units. Finished with General Finishes 450 series stains and clear coat.

All in all, I was very happy how they turned out. I wasn’t expecting to be able to get a fir door, built to be painted not stained, to turn out as nice as it did. The homeowner loves it…that’s all that matters.

This is before I pulled them. For some reason I did not get a shot from outside. There was also some ugly orange wood storm doors that I removed.

In the shop ready to strip. The interior.

The weathered exterior.

This is the stile I replaced. After stripping I saw they had blew out the side when they had original bored for the mortise lockset. They finalized that decision for major surgery.

The new limb/stile ready for the transplant.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 10:39 PM

great work gary

they look brand new
good fix

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 10:48 PM

Really nice Gary.
Not to disagree with David but I think they look better than they did when new.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 10:59 PM

Great work Gary. Looks just like the type of projects I get with my business.

I always love the before and after effect, what a difference.

You definitely got skill!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 04-09-2013 12:06 AM

WOW squared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those are super. Very find job you did on them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 04-09-2013 10:03 PM

Thanks guys! It was well worth the effort.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#6 posted 04-10-2013 12:21 PM

Wow! Nice re-do. Actually, super nice job. You’ve made those doors very elegant

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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