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Forum topic by Mdciolli posted 04-03-2015 10:59 PM 1091 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2015 10:59 PM

A friend of mine had her ex boyfriend break down her front door and bedroom door. The bedroom door is a cheap one and it’s pretty bad. I was wondering if there are any ideas or ways I could make something out of this stuff. I haven’t seen it in person but she sent me some pictures.

Just trying to think if I can make something beautiful out of this ugly situation…

Thanks in advance for the help!

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#1 posted 04-03-2015 11:00 PM

I’m thinking more along the lines of artsy type projects… Not furniture or anything big.

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#2 posted 04-03-2015 11:07 PM

It’s cardboard and veneer. If you can separate the veneer roll it up and use it later. But I’m thinking the landfill. Nobody should want a reminder of this around in any form.

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#3 posted 04-03-2015 11:16 PM

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#4 posted 04-03-2015 11:45 PM

I said fire, but didn’t know if it was worth saving for anything.

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#5 posted 04-04-2015 12:36 AM

How about a laminating the strips together out of the veneer and make that poor woman a very sharp spear to “help” her side of the situation

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#6 posted 04-04-2015 12:44 AM

I thought of that as well…
I was going to make her a door stop to reinforce the main door, but she made one out of 2×4s already. That’s much stronger than anything from this door.

I was thinking about making an art project from the vaneer. Like, cut out silhouettes of a scene and putting it overtop a mirror or something. Maybe laminating the veneer together to them make the frame for that scene. But I have no idea how to go about doing the image part. The frame part I think I could manage.

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#7 posted 04-04-2015 12:46 AM

Make her some nice grips for one of these in case he ever comes back !

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#8 posted 04-04-2015 12:47 AM

The few hollow core I’ve messed with I sanded through the veneer just trying to smooth it out.

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#9 posted 04-04-2015 12:52 AM

I’ll have to take a look at it. Sounds like it may just be destined for the fire pit…

Might do her good to watch it burn.
She’s an artsy type which is why I was thinking along the lines I was. I think it would be poetic to see beauty come from rubble. She wouldn’t look on it as a reminder of that bad day. But if it’s junk, a fire would give some relief too..

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#10 posted 04-04-2015 12:58 AM

There’s plenty of uses for the outer surface, which is called “door skin”. Cannot tell from the picture, if it is plywood or MDF (or similar material). Take off the knob, peel the door apart, and remove what’s left of the edge frame, and scrape off the cardboard torsion strips and toss those into the recycle or trash. You’ll now have 2 door-size sheets of thin plywood/MDF and some sticks. The knob hole is usually reinforced with a block of particleboard. Toss that.

Ideas include:
Doll furniture.
Drawer bottoms.
Drawer dividers.
Cabinet backs.
Cabinet door panels.
Small boxes (smaller than 8” x 8” x 4”)
Cover your workbench or tables when doing messy things like glue-ups or finishing.

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#11 posted 04-04-2015 02:46 AM

There was a time when I had a hollow core door for a work bench. Although it was really considered light duty, it spanned two filing cabinets and actually worked pretty well to support my miter saw.

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#12 posted 04-04-2015 03:37 AM

I would recycle it into wood pulp….
Then produce paper from the pulp….
Then have the restraining order printed on said paper!!!

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#13 posted 04-04-2015 06:11 AM

most of those hollow core doors are luan,save the outside luan and use, great to put under a glue-up.cut into strips use as bend batten,what ever you would use thin ply in a shop for.

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#14 posted 04-04-2015 11:23 AM

I believe the best use of that door would be for evidence in a criminal trial.

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#15 posted 04-04-2015 12:39 PM

The police have already been there. They took pictures of everything they needed. This happened a couple weeks ago.

I went over last night to look at it. It was all cardboard. I think even the skins were unless it was really cheap mdf. It looked more like hardboard. I just took it to the dumpster for her.

Thanks everyone for the ideas though. Wish there was something I could have made with it but this way works too.

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