Step 1: Apply the Finish to the Door


two people applying a clear coat of polyurethane to one side of a door
Photo: Wendell Weber
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Using a paintbrush, apply a clear coat of polyurethane to one side of the door. Once the coat has dried (about 4 hours), give the surface some teeth to hold the next layer with 220-grit sandpaper, rubbing until the surface is smooth and cloudy white. Wipe the surface with a damp rag until the finish is clear.
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    Shopping List

    72x30-inch lauan hollow-core wood interior slab door

    1x4 exterior preprimed trim boards. Get three 8-foot boards.

    0000 steel wool

    220-grit sandpaper

    1x4 strapping to secure the legs to the door.

    Banquet-table replacement legs. Get a set of two.

    1 5/8-inch deck screws

    Clear-gloss polyurethane. Get 1 quart.Painter's tape

    Spray paint in black satin.

    White latex semigloss paint

    Rub-on numbers

    1-inch sewing elastic

    Ladder-lock buckles (available at sewing stores); get 2

    Wood pucks Get eight: four in one color and four in another