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Old 04-17-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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Make a desk top from a wooden door?

I have an old six panel door that's been sitting outside for a few months. The paint began peeling off and I liked the look of the wood beneath it, so I think I'm gonna try to make a desk out of it.

Here's what I think I have to do:
1. Remove the paint
2. Sand it
3. Clear-coat or stain it
4. Get some legs and a piece of glass for the top

A couple questions:

1. Does the fact that it's been outside for the winter mean it's ruined?
2. What's best for getting the paint off?

Any advice at all would be helpful.

Here's a picture of the door, after I spent 10 minutes with the power washer in the hopes of getting the paint off quickly (didn't work too well):
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:56 PM   #2
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I'm a fan of Soygel for paint and finish remover. Nontoxic, doesn't raise the grain of the wood. Google it.


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Old 04-17-2013, 06:16 PM   #3
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Many of the gel paint removers will work. Infrared strippers are great but it is probably not worth renting one for this. If you do, move fast as they will be tied up soon for the exterior painting season. An infrared stripper was one of the best tools I ever bought but pricey.

Do note that you may not like what you are left with once the paint is off and you may end up priming and painting it. You might try a little section before doing the whole thing.

We cannot see the door so cannot tell if it is ruined or not. Is the grain raised and checked? Is it coming apart and has it swelled with moisture damage to the point you cannot pull it together with clamps?

Glass or even a scratch resistant clear/smoke, etc. plastic/lexan looks nice on a panel door converted to a desk. Think about drilling it to match the hole where the knob went so you have an electrical cord pass through.

Two-drawer file cabinets make great bases for door desks and are the right height. Drawer units the same height for one side work out nice too if you have no use for file drawer storage.
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The picture of the door is attached now. Thanks.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:46 AM   #5
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The door shouldn't be ruined but you will want to bring it inside and dry it for a month or two. Lay it flat somewhere with some weight on top of all four corners and don't do anything with it for a month.
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