I just had about 20 doors replaced in connection with a remodel. We wanted miracle doors, but unfortunately didn’t think too much about it other than that. We ended up with a flat single panel door (of course with rails and stiles – which I was expecting) with miracle molding. We were expecting solid wood doors, but it turns out that they are solid core doors – with a core of red oak plywood and a red oak veneer. I’ve been told that single panel doors must be made with plywood and veneers because a single slab of wood for the single panel would warp. Can anyone tell me if this is true?
Also, the veneers show seams. In some doors, you can see a seam fusing two pieces of veneer side by side 2/3 of the way across the door, in some the seam is roughly in the middle and in some its 1/4 or so from the side – in other words, there is generally one seam but its location on the door varies. We had intended to stain the doors, but the different pieces are taking the stain differently, in some cases, dramatically differently giving us a very striped door.
These doors were really pretty expensive. Were my expectations of getting a real solid wood door unreaslistic considering the type of door I asked for?
Is there anything my contractor can do to minimize the variation and minimize the striped effect?
We are using Duraseal dark walnut stain.
Any input would be greatly appreciated!!