I have a lot of 6 panel wood doors that are 25-ish years old and need to be refinished. Stripping off the old polyurethane and stain (and dirt and knicks) will be very slow with a sander and/or chemical stripper. It’s surprisingly thin for a router to carve through but a pain for a sander or chemical stripper.
I’m wondering if a Lowrider might work to make a sort of custom planer. Most of a 6 panel door is flat and rectangular so that part would be fairly easy. However, parts of the panels (around the edges) would best be done by tilting the router. So, a Lowrider with 2 extra axes to tilt the bit might work. It only needs about 20 degrees of tilt and the depth variation is not much. I’m wondering if anyone has modified a Lowrider to add 2 axes to tilt the bit. It would save me a lot of time if someone else already figured out the mechanical part.
One challenge I can think of is that nothing is ever flat, square or consistently sized on a door so it might need a way to measure some critical dimensions to make a model of the door that’s used to create the gcode. That part I think I can do.