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Where to buy solid timber doors?

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DueInSeptember Thu 11-Oct-12 20:24:43

Can anyone suggest where I can buy some solid timber doors (either oak or pine - don't mind which)?

They need to be solid as my door openings are a weird size so will need a fair bit of adjustment/ trimming.


DueInSeptember Thu 11-Oct-12 20:26:30

Oh, forgot to say I meant internal doors.

CunningPlan Thu 11-Oct-12 20:28:00

Any of the DIY sheds sell solid timber doors. We have had them from both Wickes and B and Q with good results.

fossil97 Thu 11-Oct-12 21:18:35

A lot of local timber merchants do a range of doors , and there are some door specialists you might find by googling/on

We had some lovely ones from the LPD range just from a local place who were one of their stockists.

this is just random but the sort of place that would have a good choice.

PigletJohn Thu 11-Oct-12 21:45:47

most doors on the market now are "engineered" and veneered.

To my jaundiced eye, "engineered" means "made of little bits of scrap timber glued together and hidden under a veneer so it looks OK"

read the product descriptions with great care.

I presume you wish to stain or varnish them, not paint.

BCBG Thu 11-Oct-12 21:52:05

Howdens do great solid wood door including oak

BabylonPI Thu 11-Oct-12 21:54:17

DH is suggesting Wickes and B&Q; or try your local timber merchant; or in Derby we use Harlow Bros - excellent quality and a decent price too grin

PigletJohn Thu 11-Oct-12 22:00:35

...all "engineered"

DueInSeptember Thu 11-Oct-12 22:14:44

Thanks - Yes, I think most of the big DIY places are engineered with veneer/ or I can't get the 'right' size door with them.

I think howdens may be solid. May also try my local timber merchant too.

Thanks everyone.

PigletJohn Thu 11-Oct-12 22:34:31

and you are going to stain and varnish?

doors are made in a very great range of sizes, you know.

myron Thu 11-Oct-12 23:25:26

My internal doors are oak veneer from Jeld-Wen supplied via my builder and fitted/adjusted by one of his joiners.

DueInSeptember Thu 11-Oct-12 23:26:59

Thanks. We were hoping to stain / varnish or wax them. Whatever is easiest really. Our current doors are just short of 2000mm high and 800mm wide so we need to buy the bigger sized doors and then trim them slightly.

myron Thu 11-Oct-12 23:28:00

All my oak veneer doors were treated with 2 coats of Diamond Glaze

ouryve Thu 11-Oct-12 23:29:31

Even the knotty pine interior doors from B&Q/Wickes and the like only have a 15mm adjustment allowance, so I'm guessing that even they're not solid wood. The only others in standard DIY shops that aren't veneered are those hideous moulded ones. (Yes, we've been replacing doors, lately)

DueInSeptember Thu 11-Oct-12 23:37:25

Ouryve, the moulded ones I think may be hollow? Kind of like a sort of cardboard construction inside.

Yes think we're going to have to buy from howdens (who do the right sized solid door) or from a specialist/ timber workshop.

Alameda Thu 11-Oct-12 23:39:15

I made my own (with a bit of help) and waxed them, they look great although none of them fit very well. I couldn't buy anything to fit, the sizes range from well under 5' in height and very very narrow to a more normal sort of height but almost double the width of a normal door. I don't know what they were thinking when they built this house.

DueInSeptember Thu 11-Oct-12 23:49:38

Wow, very impressive alameda. I can't imagine making our own, we're both pretty bad at DIY really. Our house is wonky too, all the walls are out. Nothing is square.

Alameda Thu 11-Oct-12 23:52:59

they are ledge and brace doors though, quite easy, like this I got all the wood from Jewsons and they cut it to size then I had hours of fun with a staple gun grin

Alameda Fri 12-Oct-12 00:00:57

oops, wrong link ledge and brace

PigletJohn Fri 12-Oct-12 00:03:06

moulded doors are either hollow (made of air with a thin wrapping of cardboard hardboard) or moulded solid chipboard if they are fire doors, which are 44mm thick usually, and very very much more solid and heavy.

I actually prefer the fire doors, as they blot out sound and feel so much better to handle (I grew up in an Edwardian house). I like the 6-panel ones. If you chopped one about you would probably lose the fire-rating certification, but they are very solid so would I think still hold together fine. As they are thicker and very heavy it makes sense to fit a new door lining at the same time, it doesn't add a lot to the price and joiners uisually prefer to hand a door in a new lining they have fitted themselves so it will be straight and true.

I don't think I would ever want a hollow door in a house of mine, especially even on a cloakroom or bathroom as the sound just flows through.

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