Exterior Door Construction - O.T. Sorta...

Whilst driving around hither and yon, when I see scrap lumber being thrown out, I hit the brakes and acquire it. Most recent find was an exterior door with deadbolt and quality hinges. Based on the doors appearance and hardware, I would hazard a guess that it is post WWII fabrication, but who knows?
Anyway. Turned out I had an immediate use for the door. It had a small window just the right size for a cat door, so I cut the door down to fit into an open window. Works great.
BUT - point of the question is this. Door is standard size roughly 6~7 feet tall and 36 wide. IT WAS ONE HEAVY SUNNUVA GUN! Upon cutting out the desired portion, I discovered it was made of approximately 36 1" wide blocks of wood - Maple? laminated together, running the height of the door. The exterior was of some appearance quality wood, say 1/8th inch thick ? - like a veneer.
So how long were/are doors made like this? I swear, I haven't moved one this heavy before. It was all I could do to get it on the truck. It set me to thinking that, if I find another one, without a window in it, I will have myself one serious bench top for my new woodworking bench.
Thanks!
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Actually you can still get doors made like that. They are hard to come by but can be ordered.
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You havnt seen many quality doors. Some take 3 people to move. I have a 4" solid birch, a 2 man job. If you have the money it will be made
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