Screen door.

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Project by KarenHauck posted 02-03-2014 09:56 PM 2997 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made the door out of pine. It’s a slightly larger size door, and I just wanted to build it myself anyway, I used 2×4, my Kreg Pocket Hole jig, pieces of half round, and metal screen. Lowe’s cut the two by fours for me. I put them together on our kitchen floor. I don’t have a workshop. Our basement is mostly a dirt cellar. Not a good place to work. No garage, so I make do with the kitchen. And where ever else I find room that I need!! It works for me.
I sanded and primed the wood frame. Two coats of primer. Two coats of black latex. Stapled the screen, tightly stretched. Added the half round pieces to cover the edges of the screen wire. I metered the corners of the half round. But the horizontal pieces were not corners, so I used my small drilling tool to curve the on horizontal bars so that they fit nicely into the the verticals! Then gave the another coat of black paint. My husband and I hung it, using the hinges with the spring inside. It makes a soft, but satisfying slam when the door closes. I used a knob like on our old storm door, with the springy bar on the door frame.
When it gets warmer, I plan to make one for the front door. It is 42×86. Odd size!

-- KarenHauck

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 10:31 PM

Nice job, you did well especially considering your working conditions. I do have a question though, you said you made your screen door from 2×4’s, but looks more like 3/4 lumber unless you had someone plane down the 2×4’s or am I just not seeing things correctly!

-- George R. Forest, Virginia

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 10:40 PM

Looks great! I think I might try this myself.

-- Tommy

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 01:31 AM

Great looking screen door! I’m sure you’ll get a lot of use out of it this summer!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 02:29 AM

George, what was I thinking! Not two by fours. They were one bys. I really do know better than that.
Not just my make-do work shop, but it really was my first project, from scratch!
The cats like it better than the old flimsy storm door. The had to stand on their hind legs to see out. Not with this door!
Thanks for the compliments!

-- KarenHauck

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 05:50 AM

That’s a great door, looks good and I like that you find somewhere to get the job done, even in the kitchen!

-- - Martin

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 01:51 PM

That came out great. I need to build a screen door for our porch and I was afraid the pocket screw method wouldn’t hold up to the straight-arm opening technique my door seems to be subject to most of the time. I would be interested in hearing how solid you feel the door is and how it holds up.

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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#7 posted 02-06-2014 01:43 AM

So far, the door still seems quite solid and sturdy! No problems at all.
I think it will last a good many years!!

-- KarenHauck

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