Classic-style Screen Door Retrofit

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Project by totalrewind posted 06-27-2013 03:41 PM 2174 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not only was my back screen door dead (as you can see from the second picture) but also the way the screen was held in was poorly designed.

Given that mess, I decided to build my own inner frame to not only hold the screen in a reasonable way, but also add kid/pet resistance and look good. And of course to have some fun building stuff out of wood.

I have written up a tutorial on the process I went through. Yeah, my methods might get some rolled-eyes from this group who know what you’re doing, but I figured the humbling should be outweighed by the good pointers I get in return. ;)

Oh yeah, before I forget, if you’re on that website and you find my project a worthy attempt, also please vote for me in the contest!

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#1 posted 06-27-2013 04:00 PM

Looks good…my back door will only hold a sliding screen door…approximately how heavy does a door like this weigh?

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#2 posted 06-27-2013 04:57 PM

I like It!. Well Done. It added a bit of character to the house and is functional too.

-- bhagg, Palmyra, NJ

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#3 posted 06-27-2013 05:10 PM

very nice indeed

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#4 posted 06-28-2013 05:15 PM

A.Scott, my addition doesn’t weigh very much at all. Easily carried in one hand. I’d say maybe 10-15 pounds??

Since this project was built off the original door I think you could probably do the same thing to a sliding door so as long as there’s enough clearance.

-- For more projects (not just woodworking) check out my project blog at

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 02:24 PM

It looks great and well installed. Like the design and I’m sure it will last long to be enjoyed. Great job!

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#6 posted 11-24-2019 03:57 AM

I like the upgrade/repair! How has it held “up against toddlers and ravenous, enraged wiener dogs. ;)”? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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