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Forum topic by Holbs posted 10-11-2019 11:45 PM 315 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Holbs

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10-11-2019 11:45 PM

For my next immediate wood working project is constructing a wall mounted pet entry door. Sure sure sure…could of gone the normal plastic $100 Petsafe variety. But I can make one cheaper, stronger, nicer looking, and long lasting.
Probably should start a blog entry on such as it’s been awhile.
To date, the one question I do have is the door itself. Yes, it will have a mini-me solid wood door on the inside see example I found on the internet below and will have either a saloon style swinging PVC/vinyl/plexiglass outside flap (still up in the air).
This opening is roughly 20” tall x 12” wide. Am using cedar wood species for the 4” interior tunnel thru the wall. I need this door to be strong for home security purposes. So no 3/4” plywood. It will also have a Schlage Z-wave smart dead bolt lock on it so that I can connect to my security system (will also have it’s own recessed alarm plug) which requires the door to be a thickness range of 1 3/8”to 1 3/4”.
Thru the years of learning about wood movement in regards to cabinets, table tops, workbench tops… I roughly know to allow some give here & there. But does that matter for such a small door of 20”x12”? Initially was thinking of getting some kiln dried straight grained douglas fir with growth rings pointing outwards (same as I did for my still-in-progress Roubo workbench top) and painting. But then thought about white oak with no paint instead. Decisions, Decisions.
What would be an ideal species?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"


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PPerry

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#1 posted 10-13-2019 09:28 PM

What about a “fake” miniature handle for aesthetic scale, and for security a magnetic lock tied to your alarm system? Sorry, no details, just an idea.

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#2 posted 10-13-2019 09:30 PM

already have a couple spare Shlage front entry door units (thank you, Mr Auction!) and same for the z-wave lock. might as well use em!

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#3 posted 10-13-2019 11:02 PM

Does your dog’s cell phone have the right app?

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#4 posted 10-13-2019 11:12 PM

I dont’ care for the app, for this dog door :) Not interested in RFID or sensing technology to auto-open either. It’s just that when I head off to bed and set security system, I want all deadbolts (front door, garage man-door, pet door) to verify all engaged.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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