mid-century Fooks house dividing door restoration

The Tane Furniture restoration team were approached to work on a beautiful ‘Fooks’ house in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs. We of course jumped at the change to work on the project. The first job on the list was the restoration of the large (but lightweight) cedar room dividing sliding doors, with some of the parts missing and other pieces broken we set to work.

mid-century Fooks house dividing door restoration

We started on this long journey by dis-assembling the door and separating the parts to see what exactly we had to work with. The main cedar framework was completely in-tact and in relatively good condition, the restoration work on this part would consist of stripping, wax filling holes and re-finishing.

The cedar cross members were a different kettle of fish! Half broken and the other half missing….

mid-century Fooks house dividing door restoration

The decision was made to re-make all the cross slats from western red cedar. We purchased enough timber to machine down to size then started on cutting all the recesses by hand.

mid-century Fooks house dividing door restoration

With the slats all cut and machined to size it was now time to sand and start the finishing process. We chose Osmo woodwax satin as a modern alternative to a mid-century finish. The Osmo give you a beautiful natural finish which accentuates the grain but does not have the ‘plastic feel’ that epoxy finishes have… we love it, it is extremely durable and great for most mid-century restoration projects.

mid-century Fooks house dividing door restoration

Some finishing touches on the main frame, like cutting the rebates to take the brass sliding handles and wax filing the holes created by old nails and then it was ready for the same ‘lick’ of Osmo.

mid-century Fooks house dividing door restoration

We then had all the components cut and finished ready to assemble, the only problem now was the damage to the decorative acrylic screen divides. These beautiful sections had a thin line pattern running through them, the problem was we were two pieces missing. Our clients had already addressed this problem and had actually designed in a remedy for the flaw. A black line was designed to travel around the entire house at a specific height, tying in some of the fittings and mid-century furniture. Therefore it was decided that at a certain height two black acrylic panels would be inserted into the door to replace the missing ones.

mid-century Fooks house dividing door restoration

It was challenging on the knees as all the restoration and repair work need to take place on the floor as our benches were just too small to accommodate this monster door.

mid-century Fooks house dividing door restoration

And there we have it the complete restoration of mid-century sliding door from a ‘Fooks’ house in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. A real challenge but we like a challenge! We love working with like-minded clients who are committed to quality and detail, this beautiful cedar door will now be used in this amazing restoration project to separate the kitchen from the main living space, we can’t wait to see the house once finished.

mid-century Fooks house dividing door restoration
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