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MasterSergeant

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01-24-2012 06:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question veneered oak over press-board

Has anyone attempted to modify and existing e panel interior door into one that has glass. We have a basement door leading to a really nicely finished basement, the door is a three (3) panel solid core door. I would like to remove the three panels and replace with safety glass.

My questions: is this a doable project or will I find hidden obstacles?

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction


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#1 posted 01-25-2012 05:44 AM

MAY: The panels are inserted into a dual-slot … YOU MUST DELETE SLOT SHEET AND THERE THAT PUT THE GLASS.
AFTER HOLDING GLASS SEALANT OR A FEW WOODEN STICK NAILS;-)
I HOPE THAT THE TRANSLATOR helps us and not make things worse !!!!!!

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 06:41 AM

Sarge,

Assuming the fact that the glass panel will be large enough to cover the area previously occupied by the panels, you may encounter a particle board core with veneer making up your rails and stiles.

It will largely depend on when the door was produced. If it is a fairly new dorr, probably veneered. You could always drill through part of the area to be removed to find out, or just remove the door handle. If you see particle board, you can be pretty well sure the rest of the door is the same. If it’s solid wood, you’re good to go!

Now, if it is particle board core, you’re not necessarily out of luck. If the rails and stiles are particle board core, you will need to frame the opening in solid stock. You could use 1/4” x 1-1/2” clear pine or oak, or whatever wood the veneer is. Glue and clamp it to the exposed particle board core. Then frame in some flavor of glass stop on the outside face of the door, again gluing and clamping it to the 1/4” stock you’ve previously added.

Then I would HIGHLY recommend you take the door to a glass shop. Let them fit and install the glass panel. The shop I use uses some sort of mastic that seals the glass to the frame and the stuff just never lets go. Even more important to do so if you’re using insulated and/or safety glass! Just don’t forget to stain and seal the new wood you’ve framed in before they install the glass panel.

When you get the door back, install the stop molding on the inside face and you’re done. Good luck!

Cheers!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 03:36 PM

Thanks for this great information!! I will be able to convert the wood panels for glass and lighten up the stairwell to the basement.

I’ll post pictures at completion.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 06:21 AM

COPY MY MASTER SERGEANT :-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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