14 posts / 0 new
Last post
Sombreuil_mongrel
Screen door project

Last weekend I finished putting together a screen door for my kitchen/back porch entry.
I was given some clear fir stock, and that gave me the impetus to finally build it. The tools I used were
Jointer
Planer
Mortising machine
Drill Press
Table saw
marking gages and layout tools
Scary-sharp chisels and handplanes
Japanese fine-cut dovetail saw
The joints are all mortise and tenon, except for three half-laps, in logical places to simplify assembly.
The door is 1 3/8" thick, and has a rabbet around the entire inside border to accept a screen panel like for an Andersen window. The crossrails/stiles are 1" thick on the interior portions to accept the screen.
I will also procure a piece of 1/4" plexiglass to fill the door for winter.
Aside from having the screen and plexiglass made, since the material was free, I only have spent $25 on the door project, and that was for the solid brass hardware (knobs,plates,hinges) I found on ebay.

This is a two-weekend project. Figure another half-day's time to hang, then finish. I think I'm going to stain it light, protect with spar varnish.

This photo is from the dry-fit:

Casey

Gizmo
Re: Screen door project

Nice job Casey...Sweet. Make sure you post a picture after it's installed.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Screen door project

I got it hung today, added some stop and trim to the jambs. The lock was an antique narrow mortise lock and took quite a while to fit. That fir is hard. Now I can finish it, so it's back down in the basement. I ordered the screen panel today; the local hardware store is making it for $41.00.
Total's up to $66. Getting pricey.
Casey

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Screen door project

Very nice and always good to get free material.

Jack

dj1
Re: Screen door project

It already looks out of sight!

Forget the cost, the enjoyment of creation it is priceless.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Screen door project

This is the last screen door I built; for my parents house. I think about 1984.

It was sweet, and I'm trying to recapture some of that.
Hey! The first coat of stain looks great on the new door!
Casey

Sombreuil_mongrel
Project Update

It's hung, finished and all the hardware is on. The screen insert is not yet finished. Had been promised yesterday.

Casey

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Screen door project

Very nice work !

dj1
Re: Screen door project

I must admit, it looks terrific!

Gizmo
Re: Screen door project

Thats Sweet Casey, Good job.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Screen door project Finished!

Got the screen for it yesterday, so it is a functional door. The plexiglass to make it a storm door (a budget-buster at $100) will wait til cold weather.
Casey

Pages

Sponsored Stories

TV Listings

Find TV listings for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.