The last phase of the restoration took place on Tuesday, 10 November. Finally.
After the removal of the paint from the door came the furbishing and varnishing of the wood with natural orange oil. This gave back the oak's original colour and emphasized its burr. Waxing came before the polishing that drys completely in 3 weeks.
Meanwhile, because the old cylinder was damaged during its removal, a new one had to be designed and constructed. A kind that met the parameters (mainly the look) of the original and also the technical requirements of a gallery. This called for an engineer and a turner. Both were found.
Be it physically a relatively limited space, a thorough consideration of how it can be best utilised preceded the planning. To make it adaptable to the widest range of ideas.
Instead of being a one-piece aluminium reel with a bit of glass serving as a peephole, it now consists of 6 parts, each removable: a main barrel, the rim of which leans against the edge of the enlarged hole on the door from the outside; a 4 mm glass that can be freely replaced by something else or even left out. The window is held in place by the inner cylinder. There is one with wholes for lighting and one solid. The whole construction is held firmly in place by either the solid or the empty nut, and 2 screws that adjust to the size of the window piece. See more on parameters by clicking on What is this?
The last thing to do was to build the electric circuit that would - if needed - light the works placed in Look. A service slot was drilled above the actual gallery space so the fittings could more easily be accessible and handled. 6 leds are now operated by the bell-button. It's a powersavy (is there such a word?) solution, it runs on 2 rechargeable AA batteries. But since the bell is as old as the house itself slight contact errors may occur when in use.