The Boss's new Screen Door

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Project by SgtRich posted 151 days ago 1415 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The owner of my company brought a 14+ year old, jacked up, screen door (shown in pics) from his covered front porch. He asked if I could fix it as it was sagging something fierce. Given that the hinge side was 1/2” longer than the handle side, I politely declined as my board stretcher is broke. Instead, I offered to build him a new one. I think he was expecting another basic, poplar, ready for paint, screen door.
After some research, I designed a Cedar door with custom built, removable screens that sit flush in the door and covered with cedar moldings. I lapped the joints and pinned them with 1/2” Oak dowels. Then I finished with Teak oil. I wanted something easy to apply, now and in the future. Given the porch is covered, the finish should stand up fine for a year before needing another coat.

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#1 posted 151 days ago

Wow that’s one cool door, oh that’s what it’s for cooool :)

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 151 days ago

Pretty spiffy!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 151 days ago

Nice build…

That should earn you points…. And if not… charge the S**t out of him… :-)

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 151 days ago

Nice! Just what my place needs!
It looks like the inserts could accommodate glass inserts for winter use as well. Did you find build plans or build on the fly which is was I do most of the time?

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 151 days ago

Yea, my board stretcher is on the fritz, too. Hate it when that happens…....!

I think you had the right idea to just build them from scratch. And he got a much better looking set of screen doors!

-- Dean

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#6 posted 151 days ago

Nice, I’ve got three that we need. So this looks like a great design.

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#7 posted 151 days ago

Awesome. I needed an idea for one. Thanks for sharing!

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#8 posted 150 days ago

I would rather have windows for light (with the a/c on) than screens. I was thinking the same thing you did, use glass/acrylic/something instead.
Also, I drew up the door in a CAD program Artios. Allowed me to design/dimension the door and figure out material and cut list.
If anyone would like the info, email me.

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#9 posted 147 days ago

Nice job. I need to build something like that. My screen door looks like the first one. Congratulations,

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#10 posted 145 days ago

Fancy screen door, like the moldings and the plugs. I’m sure your boss was really happy. Great job!

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