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Forum topic by GMman posted 09-24-2009 01:43 AM 845 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2009 01:43 AM

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Today I dismantled a very old outside door and I to my surprise it was made of fir or spruce I was sure to find pine, very wide boards and no knots.
Does anyone know if in the old days that is what they used for doors?

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#1 posted 10-22-2010 02:46 AM

Wouldn’t what was used for doors vary by region, especially if the door is very old. We take for granted that centralized manufacturing by a few large companies is how it has always happened, but in days gone by local folks made the products that were consumed locally, be it doors, windows, siding whatever. We are so used to stuff coming from China we can’t imagine it being produced locally. I would guess that if pine is (or was) locally available that is what they made the doors from.

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#2 posted 10-22-2010 02:59 AM

The old doors I am finding here and using for reclaimed furniture are mostly cedar ! Maybe its just luck, the ones I am picking are interior doors. Nice clear wood, hardly any knots. The panels are flawless.

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