Custom oak door defects - to be expected or poor quality?

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by Cassas00, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. Cassas00

    Cassas00 Member

    I bought a custom size solid oak door for my under stairs cupboard.

    I noticed a few defects

    - wood worm flight holes and cuts
    - chunks/gouges/holes
    - little split on a corner
    - some very light filler used - assured will take oil but will it still stand out like a sore thumb?

    Images here: https://ibb.co/album/rRP0rg

    Basically want to know are these defects typical in oak doors? Am I just being fussy? Or am I right in thinking these defect shouldn't have passed quality control?
     
  2. Kevin Adams

    Kevin Adams New Member

    Looks totally unacceptable to me but much depends upon how much you paid for it?
     
  3. Cassas00

    Cassas00 Member

    It was £200
     
  4. candoabitofmoststuff

    candoabitofmoststuff Screwfix Select

    The overall effect makes that totally unacceptable!

    Cando
     
  5. Kevin Adams

    Kevin Adams New Member

    It is well underpriced so I could forgive a lack of 'fine finish' but not the poor base materials and shoddy workmanship - I would say it is unfit for purpose.
     
  6. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    An inexpensive door at £200, nothing that cannot be made good to a satisfactory condition, in the trade the finish is called 'character' and would be charged at a premium! If it suited your brief and requirements it a nice door if not it's can be judged as poor quality. In the right house I'm sure it would look great. :)
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2020
  7. Cassas00

    Cassas00 Member

    To be fair the door looks pretty good up and I've given it an oil which had made it look much better, I've agreed a £50 discount with the seller.
     
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  8. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    Result! ;)
     
  9. mr moose

    mr moose Screwfix Select

    The trouble is nowadays people are used to machine-made furniture with wafer-thin veneers coated in plastic! When you buy a hand made solid door you should appreciate the character of the wood especially if it is Oak, it will naturally have cracks Knots etc. These are not defects to complain about they are natural features to be enjoyed!
     
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  10. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    At last a fellow craftsman speaks out! ;)
     
  11. Cassas00

    Cassas00 Member

    I love the character in wood, cracks and knots are great.

    I have solid oak worktops, banisters and flooring.

    I just didn't expect the flight holes, nicks, chunks, splits and the oil has made the wood darker but the filler has stayed light, wish they asked what colour I was planning to go for so they could have used a darker filler.

    But hey ho! Doesn't look half bad after a good oil if I do say so myself
     
  12. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    You can disguise the light filler colouring it over with a combination of shades made with Artist Oil paints blending an flogging (softening) into match the grain of the oak. ;)
     
  13. candoabitofmoststuff

    candoabitofmoststuff Screwfix Select

    Within reason!
    I'd say there is too much "Character" in this piece!
    Cando
     
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