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#1 posted 01-07-2018 04:47 PM

I’ve built a few exterior doors. Some turned out great some so so some as John says 10yrs later rebuild and refinish. Good insulation is a must. My longest lasting type is the one that is withstanding the Indiana winter we have now. Instead of using my exterior Door makers shaper’s bits, I used my cabinet door bits. Made 2 entry sized cabinet doors. Set it up so there is a 1/4” back lip. then milled 1/2” stock and assembled the doors so the front door half cross locked the joint on the back door half then made a mitered frame out of the 1/2” to fit in between the two halves. This gave me 1” space for insulation between the panels and the frame is now 2” thick. Used Titebond II to glue it all together. Finished with Some exterior resin I got from a Marine supply house. The wood was cherry with oriental dragons carved in the upper panel.
I still don’t think I charged them enough for the job.

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