If you want to replace a door in your house but don't want to purchase a pre-fabricated door from a home improvement store, you can simply build your own. After choosing a wood, such as oak, pine or maple, you can fabricate a custom door to fit the existing rough opening. You will need some basic woodworking skills to fabricate the door and a free weekend. Before you know it, you'll have beautiful, custom doors.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Straight edge
- Dust mask
- Circular saw
- Hole saw bit
- Paddle bit
- Medium-grit sandpaper
- Orbital sander
- Sponge brush
- Door knob
- Screw gun
Measure the old door's height, width and thickness with a tape measure. Write the dimensions down.
Measure and mark the wood to fit the dimensions using a tape measure, straight edge and pencil.
Put on goggles and a dust mask. Cut the wood to the height and width sizes using a circular saw.
Plane the wood door with a planer to make it thinner, if necessary.
Fit a hole saw bit into a drill and drill out a hole to put the door knob inside. Then remove the hole saw bit and fit a paddle bit into the drill and drill out the hole for the door latch.
Attach medium-grit sandpaper to an orbital sander and sand the door smooth, going with the wood grain as much as possible.
Apply a coat of stain to the entire door with a sponge brush and let dry for four to six hours or as long as suggested by the manufacturer.
Attach hinges and the door knob to the door with screws using a screw gun to finish. Hang the door thereafter and use as normal.
- "Building Doors & Gates"; Alan Bridgewater, Gill Bridgewater; 1999
- "How to Plan, Contract and Build Your Own Home"; Richard M. Scutella, Dave Heberle; 1999
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