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Forum topic by CrankAddict posted 12-19-2018 07:17 PM 601 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2018 07:17 PM

I just bought an older house that has a front door and sidelights that we like the appearance of, but which leave a lot to be desired in terms of security. I have mocked up the current layout in sketchup:

I don’t want to kill the look of everything with a modern metal storm door, plus I’m looking for woodworking projects, so I was thinking I’d build a custom storm door from wood and glass like this:

I live in southwest Missouri, so it gets 90+ and humid in the summer and 20 F and dry in the winter. The door is under an overhang so it shouldn’t get much direct rain, but what would you guys recommend for wood? Here is an actual photo of the current doors. I’m guessing most woods could be stained to be a similar color. Anybody have thoughts on what the current wood is?

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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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