|Project by hannes||posted 03-29-2010 10:20 AM||3405 views||4 times favorited||20 comments|
So the plan was to just sand down the garage door and put some new finish on there. The doors didn’t look good (pic 2) and was very dry and the harsh african sun was taking it’s toll. The damage was clear after sanding the whole door. There was what looked like water marks, scratch marks and blotchy-ness all over the plywood back. So then i thought maybe i can stain the whole door a darker colour in order to hide the marks. That didn’t work at all, in fact it made it worse (pic3). Now i had a big problem, what now.
But my wife came to the rescue… she always liked the horizontal plank type doors, but she would like it to have gaps in between planks. A great idea, more modern than the current door and a bit unique as well. So i stated sawing 12mm thick meranti to length. Removed the existing trim from the door, sanded and stained the second door the same colour. Then finished the new meranti planks before gluing and screwing (all 440 screws) them onto the old plywood back and applying additional layers of finish. (pic1, 4 and 5)
My wife had to help the whole time… holding here and fetching that, for 2 hands was just not enough and helping to finish the doors. It worked out well and she is pleased with the result and it was something we did together which was real nice. I don’t think she will become a woodworker soon, but she did enjoy seeing the doors getting the make-over.
Thanks for viewing and comments or suggestions welcome.
-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa