Is it possible to get a set of wood exterior french doors made in jamb for under $1000?

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02-07-2013 04:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question french door wanted

I’m a member here because of other woodworking endeavors, but I am about to do some home rennovations and I need quite a few french door sets made. The prices I’m getting so far are not feasible. I understand what goes into the process, however most of my units are very similar- the variation only comes in length… I know a lot of the shops that are advertised are charging for overheads, etc. I’m wondering if there are potential suppliers on here and if I am posting this in the right place to solicit them (or if that is even permissable)? 6- light (3 in each slab)/ true divided light/ mostly exterior/white oak/fir jamb.

Thanks, Jackie

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 05:18 PM

To answer your subject line which is very generalized, yes it’s possible, at least in my area there are several door vendors with prices in that range for french doors.

Their bread-winner or money maker doors are the inlaid glass, double paneled, inert gas filled type solid entry doors, that’s their big bread winners for residential.

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 05:26 PM

Should be able to find what you want. It may take some time and getting many bids, but someone out there needs work.

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 05:28 PM

seems cheap at 1000 theres alot to go into exterior french doors .weather proofing /air and water tight. hinges to stand the test of time. thresholds, sweeps ect Interior maybe Id guess your getting quotes at $1600 to $2000

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 05:57 PM

BGT, name, number, website? I’m willing to buy out of state and go pick up for a good price. I need 10 sets (3 interior/ 7 exterior) and 1 set of french casement windows that is essentially a shortened version of the same set (the kickplate would be eliminated).
Monte, Is there a place on this forum to ask for bids or is that prohibited? Maybe I just missed it.
Dannelson, All over the place but quite high…

Thanks guys. Inviting more info till I find someone who does want to do it:)...

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 08:17 PM

You have not mentioned quality or any other specs. Try going to Anderson windows and see what they have. I know they are upper end, but that will give you and idea. I use them a lot and get no bad feed-back

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 08:58 PM

You might try

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 10:41 PM

What you are asking for is custom (ie. true divided lights). Custom is at a premium price usually. Perhaps you may get lucky because you want so many made that you can get the price range under a $1000 per

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#8 posted 02-08-2013 12:47 AM

Where are you located? I know of one person you may want to contact if reasonable distance.

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#9 posted 02-08-2013 12:59 AM

Your location would not hurt, there are several of us who can make these types of things, but it would be hard to say wether or not we are close enough.

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#10 posted 02-08-2013 03:03 PM

I’ll check that out Levan. I’m in Virginia (23110) and could possibly pick up! Thanks!

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#11 posted 02-08-2013 04:29 PM

Just an update. I did post the project on Custom Made. We’ll see how that goes- I’m not quite sure how to post a link to it, unfortunately. They have a video telling more but with the internet speed I am getting in my beloved boonies on this rainy day, that’s not gonna work for me.

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#12 posted 02-11-2013 02:24 PM

If the Asheville NC area isn’t too far for you, I can give you contact info on a guy that did wonderful work for us & our clients when we had our Architectural Salvage business. Let me know.

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#13 posted 02-12-2013 04:22 PM

Oh man, I replied to this and must have hit preview instead of post- sorry for the delay! Asheville is not too far at all- that would be great- thanks! If it would be easier for you or him, I could contact him if you’d prefer. Either way:).

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#14 posted 02-12-2013 06:14 PM

Jacqueline – I just sent you a private message with the information.

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#15 posted 02-12-2013 06:46 PM

I don’t know exactly what you have in mind, but you may want to try this if you have the capability to do some door hanging and trimming. I made up a beautiful set of glass-paned french doors for an outdoor entrance complete with two smaller side doors acting as full length windows. I went to a building surplus place and found what were new doors with glass pains from bottom to top. They obviously had holes drilled for the door locks in the wrong place and had been “surplused”. I filled the holes with automotive body putty (Bondo) and used a belt sander to sand the over-filled holes flush. I also found two more matching doors that were smaller in width and used them as side windows to the right and left of the french doors. The door have been up now for about six years and have held up beautifully. The Bondo filling has held up well with no visible cracks or shrinking/expanding in the paint over it. It does take some effort and thought to get the doors hung properly, but if you have some woodworking experience you should be able to do a good job with a minor bit of cursing.


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