As they say in the UK: ”Bollocks!”
Originally SS Cars and Jaguar used beech. Ash could be better, oak is not reccomended as it’s more acidic.
I am a so-called purist so I like to use the same materials and methods and quality as Jaguar did and not try to ”improve” anything.
On the old J-L website in my photo albums and on Georg Dönni GB Cars Switzerland website there are good photos of DHC door frame rebuild process.
You will need a bandsaw, a planer, some chisels, wood drill bits etc but nothing fancy
The frames can be assembled on a flat surface, like a table, and then mounted on the car and adjusted to fit.
The only ”cheats” I did, was to use some angle irons in the corners and to creste the largest pieces of beech by glueing together two perfectly dried and planed pieces of wood with Titebond III Ultimate wood glue. Some wooden boat builders and instrument (guitar) builders told me it’s one of the best ways to make sure the wood will not twist and bend with moisture and temperature changes.
I have been very happy with my self-made door frames for 7-8 years now.
And it’s a bit exaggerated, only the door frames, A-pillar trims (mahogany) and hood (convertible top) frames and the top of the rear quater panels are made of wood. The trunk (boot) and the sills, wings etc. are all steel just like the Saloons.
Pekka T, (#647194)