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Pet Entry Through Wall Project #1: Framing and door completed

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 12-02-2019 01:29 AM 192 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am trying to move away from my sliding patio door pet entry insert. It has horrible insulating value, drafty, no security (maybe the newer models have sliding glass door locking latches, mine does not).
Top 3 things that I need to hit for this to work out:
1.) security. At times, for unorthodox’d reasons I have to goto work or overnight with the patio insert in place. I would like to construct something that is not possible to crawl through. The main door has Z-wave Yale deadbolt for my home automation (handle and deadbolt bought at auction for $25) and door sensor for my home alarm system. I installed the deadbolt latch plate that takes 6 of the 4” (?) long screws for added security. The two heavy duty hinges have the “forced entry” dimple security feature also.
2.) for all sizes of pets. Since I’ll be making a hole on the outside exterior wall, I wanted to cover all bases. Right now, I have cats and a ankle biter dog. One day, I could gain a German Sheppard or Airdale Terrier sized pet. Or if I sold the house, the next people could have a large dog.
3.) insulate and draft proof as much as possible. The patio door insert uses a single vinyl flap. Any gust of wind or if too cold outside, the vinyl flap deforms to allow gaps. Plus, the air gap from the 2 patio doors themselves. My main lockable inside door was fashioned by 2 pieces: 1 full piece and the other piece routed out to allow some packing insulation I had laying around.. and then glued together. However, I’m stumped on the outside door that has to be hinged or something. Really leaning towards something like the cafe style double action swinging hinge. However, I only have 1 1/4” of gap from door lever to edge of framing. Here is where I’m at so far:

The inside of my main door:

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My first time crappily cutting latch mortises, handle/deadbolt cylinders and holes:

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First pass of burning wood:

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Final main door inside after some coats of Shellac sealer and poly:

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Final main door outside:

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"



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