Originally Posted by Ed Zotti
This is where the brothers of the right way will tell you to grit your teeth, pay the money, and do it right. You don't need to totally disassemble the doorway, but you'll certainly need to take apart the sill. A couple hundred dollars and a week or two sounds pretty reasonable to me - probably the millshop will need to have a knife made, plus there's a setup fee, then you'll need a good finish carpenter to install the sill. Finally somebody will have to sand the whole thing flat and stain and varnish it. A lot of work, I know, but an 8x4-inch milled sill ... nobody does that now. That's gotta be a century old.
And you really do want the replacement to be as good as the original so it can last another hundred years.
I about cried when watching one of those flip this house programs when the freaking jackasses took a sawsall to a pristine fitted wooden wall in a pasadena craftsman to install a 50 inch flatscreen tv entertainment center. I could see if the wood was rotted, or damaged, but pristine
I swear, if I were the family filmed as looking at it to buy it in some episode, I am afraid I would rip them a new asshole for totally ruining an original wall like that.