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Cedar Craftsman Door Restoration


#251 Cedar Craftsman Door Restoration, Door Restoration, Door Repairs, No. 8 Building Recyclers, Restoration, Wellington

Tight grained wood. Swirls. True to Cedar.

Cedar is a popular wood. It is a lightweight wood and breathable and can be stained or left native as it retains beautiful colours and grained appearance as a natural cut. Even without treatment, Cedar is suitable for a variety of conditions–weather, temperature, and humidity. It is stubborn to weather caused warping and therefore holds its true shape for longer. Similarly, it is also more resistant to insect damage than other types of wood. At No. 8 Building Recyclers we have a variety of Cedar material furnishings.

#251 Cedar Craftsman Door Restoration, Door Restoration, Door Repairs, No. 8 Building Recyclers, Restoration, Wellington

New Hinges. New H3 Pine Frame. Happy.

#251 Cedar Craftsman Door Restoration, Door Restoration, Door Repairs, No. 8 Building Recyclers, Restoration, Wellington

The Red Mark of Progress.

Cedar Craftsman Door Restoration

The current project proved to have unforeseen difficulties. The Cedar Craftsman Door Restoration itself was simple. The door was selected from our own stock. In its original condition it wore paint. This paint was removed in collaboration with a local Dip Stripper. This was essential as the door was intended for use as an exterior door. The weathering expected was therefore high and a suitable weather protectant paint was recommended and necessary to replace the pre-existing paint. Following this, the door was trimmed along and across both length and width. A finely tuned and fantastically accurate cutting machine was used to ensure a true cut. A true cut is particularly important when hanging the door inside a frame. If there is but the littlest slant or oddity in the shape of the door, it will not hang properly. A series of new stainless steel hinges, as supplied by us, were hung in new sites. A chisel was used to form rebate sites for which the new hinges could be installed. The lock mechanism was then modified and the new H3 frame was changed to support the pre-existing lock mechanism.

The door was then sanded of any irregular grooves encouraging the natural long drawn lines and tight grain appearance of Cedar to become even more apparent. A new frame was assembled according to specific measurements, as provided by our customer. The frame was assembled from H3 pine, which is is an important and well relied upon building material. It is treated, making it well protected against potential damages from weather. The frame was primed and made ready for any affects intended by our customer.


There is little that we cannot modify. We can extend height, width and we can trim the exact same. We offer a variety of services intent on meeting any specific requirements or visions. A door, as selected from our stock, may seem unsatisfactory when considering its dimensions or how it is hung. It is also possible that a single detail may prove unsatisfactory–perhaps a panel present instead of light letting glass. This can all be accommodated for; hinges can be swapped, any rebated sites can be packed and unwanted panels can be removed and replaced with glass, for which we offer a catalogue of different templates.

We are also in the market of purchasing doors and other recyclables we consider appropriate for restoration. We invite anyone in the possession of such sought after materials and furnishings to contact us. We source from auctions; salvage from demolitions; purchase from home renovation sites, spring-cleaners and remodellers.

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