Originally Posted by L Town Graphics View Post
I have an old stone house, built in 1932. My outside door is in need of some help. The bottom is rotted pretty good.
Reason being it is round at the top and tapered on the sides.
(Restoration Carpentry) Most exterior doors from that era are oak or mahogany.
You described the shape of the door, but... No-one asked this. What is the construction of this door? Solid? Panel? Ledge and Brace? Etc.
The cheapest repair if it is a paint out is also the best weather resistance wise. Treat the rot, fill the voids, skin it with fiberglass and paint it.
If a stain and finish, the repair all depends on the construction.
Even if a solid door, the bottom could be trimmed, routed or shaped with a spline joint and a bottom piece attached. Make the spline joint so joint sheds down and there you go. Add a few dowels and bolts to add some strength. Just like a glueup- you can make it look like the joints are seamless.
If a panel door or ledge and brace, remove the bottom panel (cut and chisel) Replace the panel... If the stiles are rotten then make the joints at different places than the panel joints, to give it strength. Ledge and Brace is the same repair. Ledge and Brace construction is braces jointed vertically supported between 2 Braces.
Have a photo handy of that door?