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John Smith

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#1 posted 01-07-2018 03:52 PM

looking at the blizzard conditions you guys Up Nawth go through every year,
I would go with the highest insulation I could find for the core.
then build around that with the appropriate skeleton and skins.
I purchased a “solid” mahogany door for my mothers house 35 years ago from BORG.
it is under a covered porch facing North behind a screen door. not much exposure at all.
my brother and I varnished it with Spar Varnish and installed it.
10 years later, the moldings started to fall off – the veneer began to loosen.
the inside core had only a few pieces of loosely fitting styrofoam.
I was EXTREMELY disappointed in this $300.00 door.
I ended up picking all the moldings off and rebuilding it with TiteBond II glue and epoxy.
I would have been better off building it myself from the get-go.

have you walked through your Home Center window and door section to see how the
residential doors are fabricated for your area ??? that would be my first step….. and take notes.

I applaud your efforts !! you will receive many suggestions as to what materials to use.
just pick what will work best for you and what is available in your neck of the woods.

this would make a good “How To” for your projects page when you get started.


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