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  1. #1
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    Default Screen door project

    Last weekend I finished putting together a screen door for my kitchen/back porch entry.
    I was given some clear fir stock, and that gave me the impetus to finally build it. The tools I used were
    Jointer
    Planer
    Mortising machine
    Drill Press
    Table saw
    marking gages and layout tools
    Scary-sharp chisels and handplanes
    Japanese fine-cut dovetail saw
    The joints are all mortise and tenon, except for three half-laps, in logical places to simplify assembly.
    The door is 1 3/8" thick, and has a rabbet around the entire inside border to accept a screen panel like for an Andersen window. The crossrails/stiles are 1" thick on the interior portions to accept the screen.
    I will also procure a piece of 1/4" plexiglass to fill the door for winter.
    Aside from having the screen and plexiglass made, since the material was free, I only have spent $25 on the door project, and that was for the solid brass hardware (knobs,plates,hinges) I found on ebay.

    This is a two-weekend project. Figure another half-day's time to hang, then finish. I think I'm going to stain it light, protect with spar varnish.

    This photo is from the dry-fit:




    Casey
    Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

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    Default Re: Screen door project

    Nice job Casey...Sweet. Make sure you post a picture after it's installed.
    Gizmo

    Cut it 3 times & it's still to short.
    Inventor of the Miter Master Plus.

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    I got it hung today, added some stop and trim to the jambs. The lock was an antique narrow mortise lock and took quite a while to fit. That fir is hard. Now I can finish it, so it's back down in the basement. I ordered the screen panel today; the local hardware store is making it for $41.00.
    Total's up to $66. Getting pricey.
    Casey
    Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

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    Default Re: Screen door project

    Very nice and always good to get free material.

    Jack
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    It already looks out of sight!

    Forget the cost, the enjoyment of creation it is priceless.

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    Default Re: Screen door project

    This is the last screen door I built; for my parents house. I think about 1984.

    It was sweet, and I'm trying to recapture some of that.
    Hey! The first coat of stain looks great on the new door!
    Casey
    Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

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    Default Project Update

    It's hung, finished and all the hardware is on. The screen insert is not yet finished. Had been promised yesterday.




    Casey
    Remove not the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.

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    Default Re: Screen door project

    Very nice work !

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    Default Re: Screen door project

    I must admit, it looks terrific!

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    Default Re: Screen door project

    Thats Sweet Casey, Good job.
    Gizmo

    Cut it 3 times & it's still to short.
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