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Forum topic by Imakenicefirewood posted 10-19-2016 07:03 PM 517 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2016 07:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: old doors re-finish dry wood

I live in a house that was built in 1902, and we are slowly updating/restoring things when we can. The front porch has two doors that look like this:

Is there a way to salvage them? I was thinking about injecting glue into the cracks and then clamping it with a large flat piece of plywood, sanding, and applying finish. Would this work?

Thanks for any help/advice you can give.

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#1 posted 10-19-2016 07:16 PM

I am sure someone will correct me, but that looks like the luan skin is delaminating on the door from moisture. I am not sure you can repair it.

I think you would be better off replacing it with a new sheet of luan or laminating a new sheet on top of the existing sheet.

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#2 posted 10-19-2016 07:33 PM

Thanks, I was afraid that I was going to have to scrape the facing off and replace it.

The lamination is solid wood. I wonder if I can even get a piece big enough without using a plywood product.

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#3 posted 10-20-2016 03:42 PM

I would replace it with a solid wood door.

You can find old doors in places like ReStore, and thrift shops.

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