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My first screen door

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Project by lilredweldingrod posted 10-13-2010 01:59 AM 2277 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt to make a screen door. I started with rough cut redwood and milled all the parts. I am making it for a neighbor in exchange for favors from him. I finished my portion today with three coats of BLO. He will hang the door, add the screen and door latch. We opted for the raised panels instead of the screen because his dog has a tendency to run through the screen on bottom.
Thanks to Rob and David (socalwwod & patron) for their much needed advice on the joinery. I went with loose tenons instead of the through mortise and tenon. My neighbor is happy and I enjoyed this little project myself. I hope you like it as well.
I have added the last picture of the door with the screen.





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patron

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 02:16 AM

wow rand this came out great

was the loose tenon easier

looks very accurate

glad you got it done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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lilredweldingrod

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 02:36 AM

Hey David, Your advice on the loose tenon was the best idea in this whole project. You and Rob were right on. The router beats the bandsaw hands down. The only real problem I had was trying to beat the glue setting up while I was fitting the second stile. lol The dry wood and the Tightbond III don’t give you much leeway. lol Thanks again for the tutoring. And all the diagonal measurements for square were right on the money. Now I just hope his door jamb is square. lol

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patron

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 02:44 AM

when i make doors to fit an existing frame
i always work to the widest and longest on the casing
then i can trim the door
to fit settled opening

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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BertFlores58

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#4 posted 10-13-2010 03:16 AM

Your neighbor will be very glad. Rand, you really make it so accurate. You got the best LJ’s adviser around specially Rob and Patron. Can you make the next door for my garage… 7×8 feet… LOL. I am sure you can make it with your precise workshop tools…but if ever you are my neighbor… LOL

-- Bert

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#5 posted 10-13-2010 05:03 AM

Very nice. Job well done.

-- Dale, Ohio

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lilredweldingrod

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#6 posted 10-13-2010 05:08 AM

David, I’ll remember that tip. I worked to a 1/16”relief all around. If needed we can still trim.
Rob, Thanks for the tip on the foaming glue. I tried the Gorilla glue on a chair once and had the stuff running all over the place. lol I will consult with you on the next one for sure.
Bert, Glad to make a door for you. We are neighbors, just a bit of water on the drive over.
Thank all of you for your mentoring. I learned a bunch on this project.
And thank you Dale.
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Splinterman

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#7 posted 10-13-2010 09:36 AM

Hey Red Neck,

SWeeeetttt.

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 10-13-2010 02:17 PM

Great door no doubt! Getting help from them two gentleman you can’t go wrong!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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plantek

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#9 posted 10-13-2010 03:25 PM

Great job.
Will the screen be in it’s own removable panel?

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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eddy

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#10 posted 10-13-2010 03:51 PM

well done i like the style i will remember this for future reference

-- self proclaimed copycat

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 10-13-2010 04:13 PM

Hi Rand;

Really nice job on this.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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billb

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#12 posted 10-13-2010 04:19 PM

Great job. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas, http://woodworking-business.com

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lilredweldingrod

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#13 posted 10-13-2010 07:00 PM

Plantek, yes the screen will be the same as for windows with the aluminum frame. I milled a 3/4” x 3/8” rabbet for the screen. I will add a photo of that.

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jockmike2

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#14 posted 10-13-2010 07:18 PM

Very professional looking job Rand. Heck if you had no tight schedule you could go into business. Just keep David on the phone. LOL Naw, you did a great, handsome looking job. You should be proud. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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lilredweldingrod

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#15 posted 10-14-2010 02:18 AM

Thanks guys. It was a fun build, and I learned alot. I never knew that redwood is such a beautiful wood. The poly over the BLO really brings out the iridescence in the wood. It is a shame it is so soft. If you just look at it, it dents. I think the next one will be one of the harder woods, maybe some mahogany….. I need to play around with different glues and time them for working time.

One good thing that I learned was related to resawing. I have 5, 12 foot long by 6”x6” cedar beams I want to try something with. The fence and featherboard I came up with, should make the resaw a snap. And I definitely need to make a mortising jig.

A special thanks to all that helped and guided me on this project. With guidance form my LJ friends, there is very little I can not learn about woodworking. Thanks again, Rand

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