Why are these doors "horrible"? Can't you salvage them?
I made doors for my current house - 4-panel ones + 1 bi-fold.
It's just a matter of getting some 3/8" (9mm) ply, some 4x1 1/2
(metric whatnot) or similar timber, routing out (small electric
router or hand tool OK) along one edge of framing, cutting
lengths, mortice & tenon (poss. through pins), loose assemble,
measure up ply panels, glue up and assemble (two cheap sash
cramps needed), pin on mouldings (buy/make with router or plane),
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Make your own from scratch. 18 mm Plywood sheets are quite reasonably
priced, and when you use one as the door size and cut the rest to give you
the look of cross beams and uprights, they look like solid doors. Fill the
panel effect with some moulding timbers and you have made to measure doors.
Just a suggestions, but it looks good on our bathroom door which is a very
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Thanks very much for replies so far.
I like the idea of making the doors up from scratch.
However, I'd be concerned about warping with the
"big sheet of plywood" approach, so I'd probably
prefer doing it properly. Hmmmm. I must admit
that time is a real issue for me at the moment
too, so the flat door + mouldings approach is
still looking attractive, even though the end
result would be less than ideal.
I won't be taking the door frames out - the
101-year-old original architraves, skirtings etc.
are the best things about my flat.
Someone asked what was so wrong with the present doors -
imagine the worst frosted-glass, cheapo early 70's
efforts in shocking condition and you're there.
Every fibre of my being (and I've put on weight recently)
is offended at the sight of them.
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