Really beautiful doors for a very reasonable price
These doors are really beautiful and pretty inexpensive. Initially I was a little wary of ordering doors online that I could not see a sample of in stores, so I had to look at the Masonite display to see what they may look like. These are $340 cheaper than the Masonite ones, since they are unfinished I assume (?) Also, no one had reviewed these online so I wasn't sure what to expect. I ordered the doors with the frame and they came with nice oil rubbed bronze hardware (hinges) and were pre-bored
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for doorknobs. My boyfriend talked me into wood (I'm a painter and thought paintable doors would be easier) and I'm glad he did because they were so pretty even unfinished. I used an oil based polyurethane and triple coated them and they are awesome! They are really nice quality, heavy, true (no warping), easy to hang and really quite surprising for the price. I couldn't be more pleased.
Finish them on sawhorses, not vertically - the knots and cracks will hold your stain/varnish and drip out and down if done upright. Make sure they are absolutely dry before you flip to the other side, and put soft rags under the already finished side so you don't ruin your new work!
Sand by hand - with these there is no need for a power sander. Also, they are a wood veneer and it's pretty easy to get overzealous and burn through that with a power sander.
Overall,very pleased, great great price, beautiful doors, and happily surprised at the good quality in a time where that sometimes seems to be going downhill.