How To Build A Wood Entry Door | Homestead Kids
When homesteading, we often have to make due with what we have rather than just run down to the big box store and buy something new. Most often us homesteaders don’t have the money to spend on nice new things (although some do). In this case, the front door from the free house was so weathered and damaged, it wasn’t worth saving. Sometimes construction and building is like that. We decided to build a new entry door with recycled scrap lumber from the free house project. It won’t be perfect – but it will be functional 🙂 There may even be a surprise in association with the door as time goes on. We used 2×8 lumber to build the wood door. As we build the door using basic hand tools and a Craftsman tablesaw, we make sure to caulk it against too much air migration. We put end caps on the door to help keep the individual boards from warping. This does not mean the whole door could warp – it certainly can. It is very difficult to prevent a large wooden door from warping to some degree. We used long drywall screws to hold the end caps on the door along with Titebond waterproof glue. I would have liked to dowel the door in it’s entirety and perhaps I will build a permanent door that we will dowel completely. But for now, I don’t have the proper tool for doweling. A dowel jig, This is a quick, rather crude job on the door to get something to plug the hole and keep the rain out. It works as you can see at the end of the video. It is a very heavy door!
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