How to Build Wooden Doors

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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
  • Pencil
  • Wood
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Circular saw
  • Planer
  • Drill
  • Hole saw bit
  • Paddle bit
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Orbital sander
  • Stain
  • Sponge brush
  • Hinges
  • Door knob
  • Screw gun
  • Screws
  • 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.

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References

  • "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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