Monday, January 25, 2010

Hello, Beautiful


I think I can hear Mrs. Kelly applauding. 
For the first time in decades, her dining room door is in one piece again. 

12 comments:

  1. Holy cow, that is practically seamless! What are you, some kind of magick maker?

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  2. Wow! Be sure to take before and after pictures of all the doors because the next home owner will never believe this!

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  3. Wow, that looks great!

    Maybe we can have photos of the process next time, now that Mare knows it works?

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  4. I bow my hat to the magicians. Good job!

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  5. Thank you, thank you! I can see the seam, and the holes where the stupid knobs were, but I remember what my friend Denis (who is a professional house painter) told me: "No one else will ever look at this again as closely as you do." In other words, don't sweat the small stuff. :)

    Karen Anne, I am really hoping to get pics of the whole process next week when he comes back. I'm sure he won't mind now that it worked. Mare is some kind of genius!

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  6. Oh, Jayne, that is AWESOME! No, even that’s not strong enough a word to describe this.
    Awesome to the power of 12 might be getting a little closer … I think Mrs. Kelly is definitely applauding!

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  7. Wow! Looks as good as new!

    Can't resist one side note though ;-)
    Did you consider adding onto the bottom too? Looks like the door was shortened to accomodate layers of additional flooring.

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  8. Ragnar, We had planned to add onto the bottom of the door and somehow got sidetracked. The door is really short. There were two layers of carpet over the hardwood flooring, and I suspect the wood flooring that's visible now is actually on top of the original hardwood flooring.

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  9. Oh, I know how easy it is to get sidetracked!

    Cut doors are bad, but at least at the bottom it'S easier to repair them. Having them cut right through the middle is about the worst atrocity a DPO can commit to a door, I don't think anyone can trump you there! ;-)
    Best wishes from a guy whose heart was blöeeding at the sight of those sad doors and hooray for fixing them up again!

    I know it sounds weird, but if you cut an inch off the top too, and added it back on immediately, that might help make the door even sturdier! I don't know if I had the heart to do that myself... just an idea.

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  10. Ragnar, We actually clamped the two halves of the door together and then ran a saw down the middle to take a little bit off each door. That was scary! Mare's thinking was this: a clean cut would take glue better than painted edges, and the edges of a fresh cut would match up better when we glued them back together. More sad stuff: the doors (and the trim, too) are pine which was originally stained to look like dark walnut. That must've been beautiful.

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