"When I started to handle this door I was surprised to find out how heavy it was. This gave me confidence that it was a "quality" product. Whilst its description was hardwood - it turned out that it was an "engineered wood" product with hardwood veneers. Although this made for a stronger construction it was very difficult to work. I used a power plane and had to change the blade as the glues and different layers of woods made for tough working of both planing door to fit and for cutting out the recesses for the door furniture. On the plus side the door looks strong and looks great having been painted with two coats of primer/undercoat and two coats of gloss paint. The standard of the untreated door when I removed it from the pakaging was very good. I hope that the work involved in preparing this door will prove to have been worthwhile and that this door lasts for a long time."