Screen Door

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Project by b1v1r posted 04-21-2017 12:51 PM 1070 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just moved into our house which needs some work. This was my first real project – a new screen door. The old one had fallen apart. This one was pretty simple. Really, it was more a project of dialing in my new equipment. It is made of 5/4 pine, stained with a mix of gunstock and dark walnut to match the existing deck/porch wood, which is quite worn. I then coated this in a deck waterproofing, which helped match the color. The joints are all stile & rail that I did on the tablesaw.

I wrote up my steps in a blog post:

-- Brian - Ellicott City, MD

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#1 posted 04-21-2017 03:45 PM

Nicely done. Looks like it has always been there.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 04-21-2017 04:31 PM is here in the project section. Duh :)
Looks great! Perfect match to the surroundings. On my ‘to-do’ list this summer.

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

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#3 posted 04-21-2017 04:59 PM

Looks great.

I made a similar one a few years ago and came up with two problems.
First I did not check the door jamb for squareness so my new screen door was nice and square but the jamb was out by about 1/2 inch at the top… still worked. Second, like you I put screen material in the lower panels only to watch the grandkids pushing on it to open the door. Had to teach them to push on the wood parts. It needs a protective guard over the screen if there are little ones about. Also I used one side of the lower panel for a pet entrance (loose screen fastened at top and weighted at the bottom) which worked well.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 04-21-2017 06:57 PM

You did a nice job on this screen door. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 04-21-2017 07:08 PM

Thanks all for the kind comments. I really expected to be ignored a bit this early on. Much appreciated.

@LesB – Yeah, this jamb was way out as well, heh. Luckily I was able to get at all the deck screws, pull it all carefully apart, then re-square the whole jamb up. My little ones are grown up enough to know that they would be replacing the screens if they kicked it. I do worry a bit about the dog, but so far so good. Still glad I did not put in aluminum framed screens as this looks much better – even if I do have to replace it sometime :)

-- Brian - Ellicott City, MD

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#6 posted 04-21-2017 07:11 PM

I need one of those – and to re-screen my porch as well. So many projects. So little time.

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