The job was to fill the old hinges and strike mortises in casings where doors had been removed. I don't know why I stressed over the job and put it off for so long. When it came down to it, it was really no big deal.
First I tackled the doorway between the 1st floor hall and the front room. This used to be the front door of the house, but the door was removed when the porch was converted to a front room, and the mortises were covered up with ¼" thick pieces of plywood, which my PO-2 shellacked to match the rest of the woodwork. I tried stripping one of those a couple years back and said, No more. The old door casing was good enough for me.
I started with the mortises, with pieces of original yellow pine cut from an old disused floorboard, glued in proud:
|Top hinge mortise patched|
|Middle & bottom filled proud|
|Bottom hinge-side patch. Almost right depth as-is|
|Old Entry Door Strike Mortise|
Then I did the same for the strike. Here's what it looked like Before. (I knocked out the piece at the upper right to avoid having to make any fancy cuts.)
|Mortise Patch Glued In|
Same again, with the rough patch for the strike mortise glued in. Note how shallow the mortise is. No way I'm risking my fingers to cut a patch that thin on the table saw.
(When I'm rich-- HA!!-- I can always knock out the patches and put my dream door up then.)
|Strike mortise that needs filled|
I really wish I could have found some old wood to match the existing grain, but I had to settle for what I had. Hopefully, the shellac will even everything out.
Here's the strike patch glued in, with some extra help until it dries.
|Door to 3rd floor, strike side|
|3rd floor stairs, hinge side, planed|
|Old entry doorway, hinge side, filled|
Then lay in wood filler to close up the gaps.
|Old entry, strike patch sanded|
|Old entry, hinge side sanded|
Day after, the downstairs doorway got sanded.
|Old entry, hinge patch, fine-sanded|
|Old entry, strike patch, fine-sanded|
Then filled some more, and sanded again.
|Wood filler galore|
|Nice and sanded|
When you tap on the piece over the old strike mortise, it definitely sounds hollow. Don't care to think how thin it is, now it's sanded down. But it's flush, and it'll do.
Here we are in the 2nd floor hall, with all the mortises filled and most of the tape off the stairs. And that's enough for now.