A while back, Cindy and I were visiting The Loading Dock South, a building material salvage outlet, located near us in Helena. They have a wide variety of products ranging from lumber to carpet, and you can’t beat the prices. We had been searching a folding screen to place in the corner of our bedroom. While walking through this place we found an unfinished 8’ twelve pane door that we thought might work in the space. However, when we arrived home it just didn’t work. We later found a folding screen that did, but now we needed to find a home for the door. We came up with the idea to use the door as a means to display some of my photographs.
Placing the door on a set of sawhorses, I sanded it with a vibrating sander and 120 grit, paper. There were several small dings that I filled with wood filler. After drying, these areas were sanded just like the rest of the door.
Afterwards, I stained the door using a rag and Minwax stain and allowed the door to dry overnight.
Next, I used a new product for me, Minwax’s Wipe-on Poly. This stuff is amazing. When I was young, my dad was a painting contractor. He did some beautiful work the old school way. I couldn’t help but to think what he would have said about wiping on polyurethane, but it really did a beautiful job.
After deciding where I wanted the door located, I marked my studs and the door with some blue painter’s tape. Then I made a 1/8 inch pilot hole through the door. Afterwards, I made a 1/2 inch hole just deep enough to set a furniture button into. I secured the door to the wall using three inch drywall screws.
Then I attached a 1 inch X 1/2 inch wooden strip down the middle of the door. This will basically be used as the top shelf. I also attached two 4’ cedar shingles along the bottom side of the door. This will form the bottom shelf.
The finished door is picture above displaying several photographs.