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Finishing Stand

Finishing Stand Diagram Painting a door is one of those projects that always seems to take twice as long as it should. That's because after painting one side of the door, you have to let the paint dry before you can turn the door over to paint the other side. To get around this problem, I came up with a simple solution. I built a couple of support stands that hold the door without touching it, allowing you to paint both sides at one time.

The support stands are made out of 2×4s (see drawing). The vertical post of each stand is made by gluing togther two pieces of 2×4 material. One of the pieces is about 3½″ longer than the other and has a half-round slot or groove on the end. Four legs screwed to the bottom of the post in a pinwheel fashion provide a wide base for good stability.

To use the stands, simply drive a nail or screw into each end of the door, centered on the door's width. Then just set the door on the stands, with the nail resting in the grooves on the ends of the posts (see side view drawing at left). The door should be perfectly balanced now, allowing you to paint one side and then gently flip the door over to paint the opposite side.

Have a nice weekend,

Phil Huber
Online Editor, ShopNotes

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