Revived Bits

Last November, I visited the previous owner of the Cross House, Bob Rodak, and we went through his stash of salvaged house materials.

I left with some wondrous bits.


There was this battered door which had its lower third cut off, and some of its width. And the left side had been smashed. After some careful deduction, the door could only have been…


…the original closet door to the octagon bedroom. See the original door hardware, WAY low, right side? That tells you how much the door was reduced in height.


And now! Thanks to Dr. Doug, who did emergency work on the door.


The original hardware back in place. The right place! The hardware needs stripping, and the door will receive a faux wood finish to match all the other doors and their original faux finish.


In the pantry, an L-shaped counter was missing when I purchased the house.


But Bob found the east counter and graciously returned it to the Cross House.


Bob later found the vertical supports for the north counter, and Dr. Doug made a new counter to replace the lost original! Grain bins were originally under the counter.


This is the south exterior door. It had been relocated to the dining room, to create an exit. In the process, it was cut shorter on the top and bottom. I returned it to its original location, and Dr. Doug replaced the missing top/bottom. Thanks, Dr. Doug!






  1. B. Davis on March 18, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Wow this is fabulous! Imagine there are less than a handful of home owners past or present who keep all the little bits and pieces no longer used! It was meant to be! Dr Doug is a good one to know!!

    • tiffaney jewel on March 18, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      I’m ALWAYS amazed when I hear that Bob Rodak still has this or that piece. I think Bob deserves a commemoration plaque somewhere on the Cross House when its finished!

  2. Dan Goodall-Williams on March 18, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I love seeing all the updates and am blown away by the fact original doors are still surviving. Just fantastic.
    Thank you Ross.

  3. Jonathan W on March 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Noticing the new drawer face and its stripped hardware gives me warm fuzzies. I went to my friend’s old 1890 “cottage” I took out two sashes to restore them, but I need a better way to remove them. I do NOT like bending the 1930’s aluminium weather stripping to get the windows out. But when I did, I stripped the locks and pulls. I discovered they are copper or copper coated. I can’t wait to paint the windows black so the copper pops. But I have at least 10 more sashes, and again. I need a better way to remove them.

  4. Barb Sanford on March 18, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    So happy to see Dr. Doug’s work on the poor maimed doors. I might want help from Dr. Doug at some point to help with a couple of doors at my parents’ house.

  5. Cindy Belanger on March 18, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    So nice to see original pieces put back in their place. Thanks to you, Bob and Dr. Doug.

  6. Doug on March 18, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Glad the door fit. Don’t forget to put the biscuits in the pantry top. The picture of the pantry is pure Ross. Old mixed with new, but all the cups, plates and napkins carefully placed and arranged on the shelf. He likes to give the impression that he has it all together on this blog. However, he came to pick-up 2 doors, and 2 pieces of pantry counter top in his minivan, but he did not take out the gas can, the weed eater,the lawn mower and various other “junk”. It took us quite a while, but we finally got it all loaded. I held the pieces, pulling them to the front of the van while he quickly closed the back door. I imagined the back door flying open on I-35 on his way home, spewing doors, lawn mowers, weed eaters all over the highway. Obviously he made it and everything looks great. We will overlook his eccentricities as long as he continues his obsession with the Cross house. He is doing a great job.

  7. Mike on March 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I am always happy to see you obsessing over small details and the whole notion of “getting it right”. Not only for the Cross House’ sake, but it also reassures me that I am not the only one…LOL

  8. Derek J Walvoord on March 20, 2018 at 10:58 am

    So satisfying! Keep up the good work!

  9. Kim on March 22, 2018 at 9:14 am

    The doors – UGH – it’s painful to see them, having been so drastically altered. Thanks to Dr Doug’s surgical expertise, they’ve regained their strength & dignity. This house is very lucky to have you insisting on it’s most important details, Ross.
    I was wongering about the south door – I’m somewhat surprised the window doesn’t have the small square muntins surrounding the large pane, like the other exterior doors. Or would it have been slightly ‘less fancy’ because it was essentially the family, drive-up entrance? Or is this a different south exterior door?

    • Ross on March 22, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Hi, Kim!

      There is no evidence that the south exterior door had anything but a single sheet of glass.

      It is curious!

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