How To Build A Wood Screen Door

Home Improvement Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for contractors and serious DIYers. Our DIY Sliding Patio Screen Kits are made from Heavy Duty Extruded aluminum, not light weight roll formed aluminum or roll formed steel that will rust over time especially in coastal regions. It started out plain and pink , then got messy and pink , then I painted and stenciled it , organized everything , we added the plank walls and now we added the new door and can officially call this space finished! A wooden screen door is the most elegant choice for keeping out unwelcome guests. One one side of the door is our wood stove and, meanwhile, its right smack dab in the middle of our kitchen.

First, use a wood that won’t rot, such as Honduras mahogany, teak or white oak. TIII is better than TII on cabinet doors because it has a bit longer working time. The final step before I put the main door section together was to stain the raised panel. Also, if your door has a warranty, you may void that by doing repair work on your own, Gambino says.

Additional Stiles and Rails: Plane internal frame pieces thinner, flush with the rabbet, so you can still use single screen and storm panels. Wood screen doors hold wonderful memories for most of us and we’d love to feature yours. And if you cut the screen wrong or damage it during the process of trying to do it yourself, you’ll need to spend twice the money to buy another screen. Wood frames can be cut down for custom applications unlike vinyl or aluminum doors.

Another section discusses wood trim for windows (window casing), using the same corner block system. Lesson learned: If you have to buy a house without your spouse make sure it has a great wood screen door! The door fit perfectly into the opening, but I did have to chisel out mortises for the hinges to allow the door to open and close a little easier.

My door construction experience is limited to cabinet doors, a couple swinging garage doors at my old house and a frame and panel door I did as an experiment at a transmitter site just to see if I could do it. Not exactly a professional door maker. You can do this with a straight edge to guide the cut and prevent you from slipping and cutting into the screen of the window. Then just measure the height and width of the area where the screen will go. But give yourself a little wiggle room by reducing the size by a fraction of an inch.

Coincidentally I was just talking to my husband about making some screen door like this to cover some storage shelves! A screen door is an outdoor project and is subjected to the weather year after year. In reality all I had was pretty pictures of screen doors floating around in my head, and I was sure he would take care of the details, since he’s a dude and does most of the building around here. You may have to cut these angles with a handsaw; they’re too steep for a miter saw unless you build a special jig.

The main critique I offered was to consider the placement of his fastners and strapping with respect to the nature of wood size and enivitable movement. After I completed all the mortises (large and small) in the large door stiles and rails, I stepped over to the router table to plow the stopped grooves for the raised panel (piece 5). As long as you have it set up, go ahead and slice the corresponding grooves on the lower and middle rails. It was higher quality than the economy screen doors I saw at the large home improvement stores (which wouldn’t fit the opening) and wasn’t too much effort to put together.

The flies come in when I leave the doors open for ventilation and light (the apartment is dark and dreary and I have to have lights on during daylight hours). Other screen doors at the local building supply stores cant even come close to the quality of this one. The screen frame kit is from Home Depot and can make a 48 inch by 48 inch frame. If you guestimated the distance between your horizontal pieces just measure before you make these cuts. I had to keep the boards inside the edges of the door so it would fit into the opening. Here is the backside, we used a staple gun to attach the screen and then added some trim.

Place the screen material over the lower portion of the door and staple it to the 1/2-inch lip of the base frame with a manual stapler using 1/4-inch staples. This screen door is made from lyptus wood, a sustainable hybrid eucalyptus tree from Brazil, good for outdoor use and colored similar to mahogany. You can buy a special type of screen designed for pets – I believe its called pet proof screening. Cover the triangular opening in the truss above the house wall by building a 2×2 frame and nailing 1×6 tongue-and-groove boards to the back.

Try to use the slowest drying glue you can find such as Titebond II Extend Wood Glue , it has a fifteen minute working time. Our door measurements are 3 feet 9 inches wide and 7 feet and 1 inches tall, and we have a metal frame. Clicking the photo to the left takes you to a gallery of photos showing patio screen doors and some different uses of them. Then shim the door from underneath until it barely touches the top of the opening.

However, the way you have joined these pieces, as pleasing as the asthetic may be, I believe results in the wood fibers of the exterior skin acting much like a solid pieces of plain sawn wood (with all it’s accompanying & problematic fiber stress characteristics). See attached sketch as to how I see your authentic colonial style door being assembled in a manner that attempts to achieve the aesthetic your client desires while recognizing the battle that can take place and minimizing the carnage that can possibly result. Predrilling pilot holes is something I almost always do, to avoid the wood splitting on you.