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Wood storm door

by CrankAddict
posted 12-19-2018 07:17 PM

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#1 posted 12-20-2018 06:44 PM

After more investigation I think I’ll just build it 1 3/8” thick to be able to use a wider range of hardware. Baldwin is one of the only brands I’m finding that makes hardware for 1 1/4” doors and they want $500-$600 for a latch set. Ouch!

The real question now becomes whether it is naive for me to think I can just build this out of solid wood boards. I’ve read stuff about using stave construction to keep a door from warping. Is that an essential thing to do or I can I just build this out of 4 pieces of oak and be done with it?

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#2 posted 01-20-2019 11:22 PM

I guess I can’t edit my replies, only the original post. In any case, at this point mainly curious what wood you guys would suggest for this project. As I added to the OP, I’m in SW Missouri, so we get the full range of temps/humidity. The door is located under an overhang so it shouldn’t get a lot of direct rain.

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#3 posted 01-21-2019 12:57 AM

I would build this out of some straight grained knot free cedar if you can find some. if your going to paint the screen door popular could also be an option.

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#4 posted 01-21-2019 02:00 AM

Years ago I made a bunch of storm doors from mahogany. They held up very well, no,warping issues. Be sure to use a good exterior varnish or you will be refinishing it in a few years. Better yet, if you can spray try a polycarbonate urethane like Target EM9300.

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