February 15, 2019 Stained, Sealed, and Delivered: Eustis Fire House gets new front doors
We recently installed beautiful new front doors at the Eustis Street Fire House. The new doors replaced the ones that were installed when we rehabilitated the building in 2011, but after only seven short years, they had begun to pull away from the frame, which caused them not to close properly. The problem? They were made of particle board with a wood veneer and were EXTREMELY heavy, so no amount of adjusting would solve the weight problem.
We decided to enlist the help of woodworker Wojciech Wasilewski, who made our beautiful window sash at the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. We told him we wanted doors that would last 100 years. He recommended solid mahogany, which will hold up well in our climate and are far lighter than the particle board. MJ Mawn took a little time away from their work on the Upham’s Corner Comfort Station to install the new doors.
Lesson learned: particle board is not a reasonable substitute for solid mahogany.