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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 08-22-2015 02:39 AM 992 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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08-22-2015 02:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: rustic interior dutch door

I looked for examples of interior Dutch doors on LJs as well as on the Internet (even looked at doors for horses, like in the old show “Mr. Ed”).. I found some examples, but I wanted to see if some LJs had built an interior Dutch door that could offer some tips on building one. I would rather not take a door and cut it in half like some do. My goal is to build a 36×80” door from scratch. Something rustic but not necessarily just a door with cross-bracing on it.

Thanks in advance for the ideas and advice.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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FancyShoes

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#1 posted 08-22-2015 03:13 AM

Would be neat to have a handle that twists ine way to open both halves, and teist the other way to open just one. I think i have seen one before. But cant remember where.

Also what about a solid door frame, and just the inside opens up so it still functions like a door, it would be similar to a hinged curtain rod that hangs on my grandmothers full glass door.

What ideas do you have, maybe we can help from there.

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#2 posted 08-22-2015 11:16 AM

This is the closest I’ve come. Its rustic and crude. Just what the wife ordered.

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Don Broussard

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#3 posted 08-22-2015 01:07 PM

Fancy—Sounds interesting about the twist handle. Kinda like the “magic doorgate” marketed on station wagons in the 70’s and 80’s. I really want the top and bottom opening Dutch door.

DonW—Looks nice and rustic. I may end up considering that type of Dutch door.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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terryR

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#4 posted 08-22-2015 01:29 PM

Sorry I can’t help, Don, have wanted an interior dutch door to help manage dogs for years! The only ones I’ve built were installed in the barn, and came out crappy anyway. I tried ply and pine, but without cross bracing they just didn’t work. With bracing, they became too heavy for my hinges, and still didn’t work well.

Good luck; I’m signing on for ideas and lessons…

DonW, the shed looks great!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 08-22-2015 01:34 PM

Don the best I’ve done is to cut one of my interior doors in half for my kids room. It seems to me that building a Dutch door should be much easier than building a 36×80 door. Really you’re building two short doors. That should be easier in terms of making them straight and square. You can buy a rail and stile set for your router table and make them pretty easily I would think with some 1 1/2” stock. Otherwise you could use dowels. There is a door building episode of new Yankee that I like. I’ll look for it.

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

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firefighterontheside

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#6 posted 08-22-2015 01:36 PM

I think this is it. No need to make grooves for the panels. He uses stops on each side.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=g2j9Of6Hbrg

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

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#7 posted 08-22-2015 01:52 PM

Build a door, cut it in half.

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#8 posted 08-22-2015 03:34 PM

Don, this is a door on the house in Maine. Exterior I know but still it’s ideas. I didn’t build it but just finished repainting it the carved side panels are of course mid process.

Jim

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Don Broussard

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#9 posted 08-24-2015 01:59 AM

BillM—I watched that NYWS episode you linked above. Norm showed some good techniques on building that exterior door. Thanks for the link!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 08-24-2015 02:41 AM

I used to have that episode saved on my DVR until it crashed. I always wanted to make a door like that. It seemed a doable method without having to have very big rail and stile bits.

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

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Don Broussard

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#11 posted 08-26-2015 02:29 AM

Small update—I was cleaning out the house my wife and I are working on, and I discovered a solid wood door of the perfect size. I’m thinking I might wimp out and just use that found door. If I cut it at 44” above the bottom, it will make a fine Dutch door. All I would need to buy is a couple of hinges and some other door hardware.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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firefighterontheside

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#12 posted 08-26-2015 02:41 AM

That will work too. Gotta choose your battles.

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

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#13 posted 08-26-2015 06:35 PM

That’s not wimping out, Don, that’s making use of your resources. You found that door for a reason. Use it.
:-)

-- God bless, Candy

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