Screen Door

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Project by bandit571 posted 10-18-2014 06:04 PM 1750 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Old metal screen door was falling apart, didn’t like the flimsy things at the BORGS, went out and picked out some Pine boards. Mortise and tenon joinery. Then add some pins and wedges when I put the pieces together.

Raised panels were done with just a handplane or two. Top half will get a frame to hold a screen, to make it a screen door. Used the existing door frame, the existing door hinges were rivetted in place. Might as well use them too. Even re-used the old latch…until the Boss decided she wants a new one.

The spring closer is installed. Now you can hear that Sproiiiing sound when the door opens and slams shut.

Not too bad a project. Maybe $65-80 completed. Might be better than a BORG screen door?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 10-18-2014 06:13 PM

I like it, hand tool produced even!

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#2 posted 10-18-2014 06:22 PM

Nice job!

-- Anthony--

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#3 posted 10-18-2014 06:22 PM

It looks even better in place and I love the joinery. Definitely better than anything you could buy. Love the sproiiiing sound. Makes me think of great grandmas house.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 10-18-2014 06:47 PM

works for me – great door!
that one description of the spring brought me back 40 years too

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 10-18-2014 07:07 PM

Are you aware….
That winter is coming???
Maybe you should consider a GLASS window!!!

Either way…. a very sturdy door.
That should hold up to all the slamming (& cussing)!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 10-19-2014 12:34 AM

I think it is a great project. Doors of any kind are not easy builds. I hope the newcomers pay attention to this.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 10-19-2014 03:24 AM

Way better than a BORG door any day. Custom built, made to last. Well done.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#8 posted 10-19-2014 07:59 AM

Nicely done, Bandit. I hope to be half as proficient with hand tools someday! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 10-19-2014 02:12 PM

Thanks for showing the pictures of the wedges. I took apart a shutter that was made with mortise and tenon joinery and some wedges fell out on the floor. I was wondering how they went about inserting the wedges.

-- Mike

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#10 posted 10-21-2014 12:35 AM

Well, it turned out great! Definitely should keep the skeeters out at night!

If you wanted to make it 4 season, you could build a wood frame around a piece of safety glass, to go along with your screen. That way you could swap them out for the seasons, quickly and easily.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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