Planer trick-wood door threshold

We found a free building on Craigslist, it had a nice exterior that looked¬† very residential, but it was really a storage building. Make the upgrades for it to be liveable has been a lot of work, especially since it required skills that I previously didn’t have. One of the last things required was a threshold to cover the place where the two buildings joined.

The hardware store had a pretty good selection, but none of them were exactly what I was looking for. So I made one from wood that was in a long shipping crate. In the first picture, you can see the dotted line where I made rip cuts to get the piece out of the original 2 X 8. Above it is the final shape I wanted to make.

The rip cuts worked OK, but the board was a bit rough, and not exactly the dimensions I wanted. So I thought about my Rigid brand 13 inch electric planer. I’m not a wood worker, so I don’t know if this is a common trick; but I stacked a couple of long boards in the bottom of the planer, to make the piece I was working on go through at an angle. those two boards are what you see in the next picture, not the working piece. It worked great, so I was ready for sanding, staining, and varnish. In the next picture, I’ve sanded the piece, and drilled and countersunk the mounting holes. I’m using Minwax brand dark walnut stain. I really like that product. I rub it on heavily with a rag, then wipe off the excess. It soaks into the softer wood, but not the harder grain, showing off that grain pattern.

Below is the pine wood piece, after two applications of stain.

Lastly,¬† a picture after seal and varnish. Most of the time I use Shellac as a sealer. It’s a traditional fast drying clear finish. It brings out the color of wood, and keeps varnish from soaking in. If that happens, it will take many hours to dry. It goes at the bottom of a doorway, but I stood it here to get a picture next to the lantern. If you look, you can see the lantern reflected in the varnish.