T & G Door Restoration

T & G Door Restoration, Door Restoration, No. 8 Building Recyclers, Wellington, Joinery, Repair, Restoration, Lock Installation

A Familiar Face: T & G Door. New Locks. New Panels.

Tongue and Groove (T & G) doors are featured in iconic New Zealand settings. They are a familiar sight at either the front or back of humble batches. They make a common appearance as shed doors, able to withstand the outside conditions better than their contemporaries. They even trace back to a time when they were installed in great numbers in schools. They can be made from a variety of different timbers and therefore vary in appearance depending on the choice of grain and native color.

T & G Door Restoration

Although the current project was supposed to be easy, the process was anything but. The panels that formed the original door were splintered in some places and damaged by invading dry rot in others. We expected to treat the areas plagued by rot without testing the integrity of the T & G panels themselves. We expected a regular T & G Door Restoration job but we soon arrived at some issues. The rot proved to be a lot more widespread than we had anticipated. It had ruined the majority of the panels, so much so that they could not be rescued as we had expected. It therefore became a function of retrofitting the entire door with new and treated panels. This ensured that the door was restored completely rid of the disease.

The hinge sites were then swapped in accordance with customer preference: they wanting to open outwards and not inwards, as the door was going to be hung externally. A common cause of door sill rot is the mistake of hanging a door incorrectly. By hanging the door so that it opens outwards and closes against (before) a sill, rain and general moisture can then pool on and around the sill. This is a perfect scenario for rot to develop.

Finally, the internal lock mechanism and relevant hardware was relocated. It was installed on the opposite side of the door frame (as can be viewed by comparing the above pictures). The result was a vacant hole in the frame of the door which was filled with a matching cut and type of wood. With a coat of paint, the evidence of such a repair cannot be seen. A new rebate was made to house the lock mechanism and associated hardware in the new, desired, site. Any sites where repairs were made were revisited, sanded and primed.

T & G Door Restoration, Door Restoration, No. 8 Building Recyclers, Wellington, Joinery, Repair, Restoration, Lock Installation

The void has been filled: new glass, double glazed, fills a much obvious space.


There is little that we cannot modify. We can extend height, width and we can trim the exact same. We offer a variety of services intent on meeting any specific requirements or visions. A door, as selected from our stock, may seem unsatisfactory when considering its dimensions or how it is hung. It is also possible that a single detail may prove unsatisfactory–perhaps a panel present instead of light letting glass. This can all be accommodated for; hinges can be swapped, any rebated sites can be packed and unwanted panels can be removed and replaced with glass, for which we offer a catalogue of different templates.

We are also in the market of purchasing doors and other recyclables we consider appropriate for restoration. We invite anyone in the possession of such sought after materials and furnishings to contact us. We source from auctions; salvage from demolitions; purchase from home renovation sites, spring-cleaners and remodellers.

For more examples of Door and Window Restoration projects please click here.