I've placed a Photo Gallery at:
which has 4 largish but small enough for dialup, thumnails of 4
different shots of a door's stiles and rails. If you're on a
faster line you can click each one and get a larger picture with
Is that Oak?
If so, any idea what kind of oak?
I see now I should have removed the router-cloth from under them,
for better definition, but alas, I didn't think about that.
Oh, the last two pics are just something I put up for
relatives to see; a rack came down in the garage<g> and made a
mess; especially the flourescent bulbs that were on it! I've
removed links to the rest of the site so I don't look like I'm
whoring my web site.
It's one of two doors I've taken apart and am refinishing.
I -think- they're from about the 1960's. The house is a 1950's
design which used to be quaint, but is facing redecoration now
for obvious reasons; like, we're sick of the decor.
Anyway, they're 32" fully louvered doors but pretty heavy.
The hinges are pivots, rather than hinges; interesting. Opens
either way, in or out.
It doesn't appear they were glued; they pried apart easily
with reversed clamp heads and a rubber mallet assist. Their
strength apparently came from very substantial ribbed dowels at
the 4 corners and the middle rail. No evidence of glue anywhere!
Was that a normal design "back then"?
They're pretty banged up, scratched, dented & otherwise
battered with many years of skin oil and dirt, polish, oils, and
so on, so a refinishing was required if I want to keep them,
which I do. The new scheme is country and they go well with it.
Last Question: Can you tell what the existing finish might be?
I've been able to use al oxide sandpaper on both my belt and
my palm sander without any gumming up at all with the exception
of a couple of grime spots on the palm sander that I missed when
I cleaned it.
It's not soft like Shellac, but looks like it. It also had at
least one coat of poly applied over it, but it was so long ago
it's no problem to the sandpaper. One already used belt and
about 5 pieces on my palm sander are all the paper I used on the
door, not counting the slats, which are a real PIA. 80 grit for
Color before sanding was brownish yellow, but not like a pine
yellow and it's obviously not pine color. Discoloration was
minimal, really, considering their age and the fact that the sun
hit one side of them (East) but not the other (no facing windows
on one side) west facing side.
I've never seen anything but Shellac that sanded so easily, but
what do I know? Would a light stain/Shellac make a good finish
for this? Or should I go the poly route? They're bedroom doors
so they'll get an average amount of use.
Ain't nuttin' new
in the worl'
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