Door what Door?

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Project by robscastle posted 06-24-2013 08:50 AM 1834 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a job to replace a door with rot in the bottom.
The door was duly replaced and it was then destined for the rubbish.
Not one for throwing material able to be recycled into the trash I took it home and “worked it over”

I did a bit of an examination of its construction and after removing the tenon wedges it was able to be dismantled quite easily.
I then ran all the pieces through the jointer the sawed the rubbish off and thicknessed everything resulting in the stack sitting on the bench.

I am not sure what the timber actually is but it will be stored for later reuse.

Nothing amazing but just goes to show timber can be reclaimed if you wanted to go to the effort and take the time.

Not sure of the cost effectiveness of it though as you certainly couldn’t build a door out of it again.

I sent the pictures back to the original owner as they asked what I did with the door, hence the title.


Robert Brennan

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 06-24-2013 10:46 AM

Where are the wedges located?and how did you remove them? Its nice to know I’m not the only one that recycles lumber from the worksite. Dumpster diving is an art. LOL Maybe you could make a door for a playhouse out of it?? Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#2 posted 06-24-2013 12:12 PM

... seems you left a couple of good scraps in the trash bin…

I am always looking, but seldom successful in finding “good” lumber in the dumpster… but I would surely recyle it when found.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 06-24-2013 02:46 PM

Mighty fine Rob… Good save :) Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#4 posted 06-24-2013 09:24 PM

Isn’t most of the old door wood fir? I know I took apart an old wood garage door and I believe the rails and stiles are fir.

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#5 posted 06-24-2013 10:35 PM

Well !

Looks like some response’s are warranted for all the interest, so
In order of reply


The rails and stiles of the upper and lower sections all had wedges in the tenons. It was simply a matter of locating them, and then with a small hand chisel lever them back out. Some came out without a problem others were a bit reluctant to give up their cause.

The photo No 3 shows the ends of the timber were they were located.


Some of my common garden variety materials come from skip bins, and includes Perspex, MDF, HDF Caesar stone, EPE, laminates, packing crates and the likes.
I have never encountered a refusal to remove materials, and in most cases the shops are keen to get rid of it.
The rubbish bin, tend to agree but I don’t like to look, as I know I will pull more out and hope to use them!


Thanks, It just goes to show a simple activity attracts interest.


I think you are on the money with your fir deduction, If I am correct its very similar to Oregon, of which I thought it was but was not confident enough to commit to it.
the three panels are also solid timber but I cannot pick them as a species.

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 06-25-2013 10:50 PM

I wouldnt mine some free wood too,
nice reclaime for sure and will be put in good use :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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