Friday, July 20, 2012

Entry Door Upgrade

The door leading into the reading room of the Blacksmith Shed would be considered the "entry door" of the structure.  When we first began our restoration efforts, this door was the only remaining door that was still halfway intact.  Although this door was still "hanging on," it was doing so in a non-functioning state and was in need of serious repairs.  We decided to remove the door and have it stored for potential restoration and re-use.  In the mean time, we were able to better direct our search for replacement doors thanks to the information provided by the original.  We were able to locate three doors that shared the same panel arrangement as the removed door but that also had glass replacing the upper panel sections.  This feature was a nice bonus since the Blacksmith Shed lacks electricity and we like the idea of letting as much natural light in as possible.  The other two doors have been installed and are documented in past blog posts.  The installation of the third door has been documented as follows:   

Original door and siding repairs.

Original door removed and fine-tuning of new door prior to install.

New door installed!  Now for the hardware...

Door hardware salvaged from original.

Door hardware painted after applying rust converter.  Ready for install...

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