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Cedar French Door Restoration


#321 Cedar French Door Restoration, French Door Restoration, Door Repairs, Joinery, Wellington, No. 8 Building Recyclers

Framed: Cedar French Door set.

Cedar is a popular wood. It is doubly popular with respect to French Doors. It is a lightweight wood and breathable; can be stained or left native: 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.

#321 Cedar French Door Restoration, French Door Restoration, Door Repairs, Joinery, Wellington, No. 8 Building Recyclers

Lo and behold: both square and neat.

#321 Cedar French Door Restoration, No. 8 Building Recyclers, Wellington, Door Repair, Joinery and Restoration

Highlights of what was not: frame and panels assembled in workshop.

Cedar French Door Restoration

The current project was long going. It was not difficult to perfect, any labour was the result of many specifications. The Cedar French Door Restoration required a lot of attention. Firstly, the doors were trimmed along both their height and width. This ensured a true, square cut, and that the doors would hang snugly in their frame, avoiding any complicating slants or asymmetry. A sander was used to clear the exterior sashes of paint. A broken pane was removed and replaced. The replacement glass was ordered in store according to customer preference. And the broken pane was reglazed in our workshop. This ability to both select and order glass in store is a great benefit. It avoids the hassle of consulting a middleman and the difficulty of managing multiple contacts and accounts. It is a convenience. A one-stop-shop scheme we are proud to offer.

Following this, the two topmost panels were removed and replaced with matching panels of cedar. These panels were fitted and then sealed with a silicon sealant. This ensured that the panels were insured against potential weather, particularly water, damage. The panel beading was further weather protected with a coat of primer. The rebate was painted corner to corner, ensuring integrity and a neat finish. A set of new stainless steel hinges were installed, as per customer request. We also offer the choice of fitting retro (salvaged) hinges, realising that they keep with theme.

Finally, a H3 pine frame was assembled in compliment of the Cedar French Door set. H3 pine is a common building material and has the well known benefit of being weather protected. It therefore reduces any anxiety of structural rot or similar damage occurring. This frame was also primed, giving a further insurance against possible weather damage.


There is little that we cannot modify. We can extend both height and width. 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. 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 and spring-cleaners and remodellers.

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