Trying to develop something yourself knowing that you could actually purchase it is a good fill itself.
It goes beyond building but also trying to broaden your knowledge about a particular subject matter. Building a door might sound like a lot of heavy tasks but in this article, I’ll be showing you a DIY approach on how to build a door yourself.
It’s going to be pretty easy trust me! But before we go into that, I’ll be showing you the materials needed to execute the job.
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Materials Needed To Build A Door
- 3 (6-by-2-by-86-inch) boards for your stiles and mullions
- 3 (8-by-2-by-36-inch) boards for your rails
- 4 (1 ¼-inch-thick) boards for your panels
- 16 (⅜-inch) wooden dowels for drawbored mortise and tenons
- Exterior paint
- Hinges, lockset, and router
- Table saw.
- Thickness planer.
- Hand drill.
- Waterproof glue
Having gotten all these materials, let’s go into the main topic; How to build a door yourself.
Make time to plan your project
It is important to have studied many types of doors before concluding to make a door yourself. If possible go out with writing materials so as to jot down things.
Preparation of your tools and materials
Cut your woods, rails into dimensions. Do your measurements accurately and also check out the size of the door you’re trying to replace. Determine your panel sizes and it’s advisable to have your door oversized so you could trim and shape it into the desired dimension.
Make a groove in the horizontal and vertical pieces of the door
Make sure you cut the grooves in the center of the wood and then do not cut on the edge. Making the right cuts at this point leads to having the four-corner frame of the door.
Prepare the mortise and tenon joints
Getting to make the mortise and tenon joint is not so hard as it is the oldest and strongest. This is just a way of joining two pieces of wood together. You could make use of a hollow chisel while going about this part.
Make a stronger door by using the drawbore joinery
This is just a technique that strengthens your mortise and tenon joints. It helps you build a tighter joint and also aids in making the door extra strong.
Assembling the door
Fix your tenon and mortise joints in the center of the door. It is advisable to use clamps at this stage, though it’s a test run but just uses and be sure it would fit into the space very well.
Paint the door
At maximum, you could use up to two coats of paints for your door. Beautifully paint it and make the edges painted well.
Fix the door
This is the last part of the whole process, get strap hinges that could hold the door firmly.
Install a lockset.