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Blog entry by bobkberg posted 438 days ago 787 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know who thought up this one, but I thought I would share it. My house is a 1920’s Craftsman bungalow, and in adding to it, I’ve put a lot of effort into keeping the original feel with 5 panel doors, all stained to match the original architecture, and all the other trim.

In staining a full sized 80 inch high door, I drill holes in the top and bottom and put in a lag bolt in the top and bottom and then pivot them on the ends of sawhorses. The lag bolt is kept in place with two screws on either side so that it just pivots. This has made getting the door stained (or just varnished) a MUCH easier process.

I can flip it around and wipe everything carefully, getting the finish on the stain just right.

The other thing I do (not pictured), is use the air nozzle to flush out liquid stain from the crevices in the raised panel and stile moldings, so that I can wipe it, and not find nasty discoloring drips later on.

I hope this helps somebody else too!

Bob

-- Bob www.singularengineering.com - A sideline, not how I earn a living



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DAStubbs

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#1 posted 438 days ago

This is a great way to finish any door. It’s also scalable in size. We have used this trick on antique doors as large as 4 foot by 8 foot, it only takes taller saw horses. Next time we’ll have to try multiple doors running in a row, never thought to do that.

-- Preserving the past for tomorrow.

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#2 posted 438 days ago

Good tip, I use that too. Anthing you can do to be able to finish both sides of a project at once is a big help. For smaller projects I use painters pyramids, for bigger doors the screw trick.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 436 days ago

Bob,

Thanks for sharing a great trick.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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