Some great friends of ours had inherited a kitchen full of oak cabinet doors after a remodeling job. They were kind enough to give us our pick of the doors for this project.
Now I just needed to fit four doors to the bookshelf. Two needed to be shorter. All four needed to be narrower. To preserve the shape, I cut the extra out of the middle and glued the pieces together again.
Since I wanted the wood to take the stain, used a low-odor stripper, shave hooks and an abrasive wheel to remove the existing finish:
Then I ripped the doors, removing about 1 inch from the middle. I crosscut two of the doors, removing about 6 inches of length. Here is a stack of some of the remaining pieces:
Then I needed to stick the pieces together, so I drilled holes for dowel pins for strength and alignment (4 pins in the short doors and 11 in the long ones):
After the pieces were glued together and sanded, I applied some ebony stain.
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