A framed ledged and braced door is the type of door seen in old country cottages and barns. The frame is the timber frame around the perimeter of the door, the ledges are the horizontal cross members of the door while it is all braced together by the diagonal braces which should always be fixed with the top of the brace angled towards the bottom hinge. This gives the door its strength. This type of door can be made without the frame and is then simply called a ledge and brace door.
The strongest part of the door is that side which is hinged and fixed to the frame. The bottom of the braces should therefore start on this side and be angled up and out toward the leading edge (the door handle edge) to help "hold up" the cross members or ledges.
Before painting a framed, ledged and brace door, remove all door furniture. These doors are usually hung using big T hinges which are easy to cover in masking tape or paint round.
Wedge the door open after sliding a piece of cardboard or carpet under it to protect the floor.
Sand down lightly using a piece of 180 grit sandpaper then wipe down, to degrease, with a rag dipped lightly into white spirit.
Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the white spirit to evaporate before you start painting. Then paint in the order shown by the diagram.
The frame, ledges and braces are usually on the back of the door. The front of the door can be painted in the way shown in our project on painting a wooden garage door.
Please do not forget to take the door from it’s hinges and paint the top and bottom edge, especially if it is an external door. As soon as any water is allowed into the grain of the timber, swelling will occur.
All project content written and produced by Mike Edwards