Feasibility of exterior door

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Forum topic by ppg677 posted 04-04-2017 02:01 AM 482 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2017 02:01 AM

I have an exterior door on the 2nd story of my home that I’d like to replace. If it is feasible, it seems like a good door to attempt a DIY build. It is not used often and has a nice storm door in front. I’d prefer not to spend a lot for a rarely used door yet I want the inside to look nice because it is in a master bedroom (no cheap steel door!). I figure with a wood door I can just hang it using the existing frame and hinges and hand plane to nail down shape.

My wife would prefer full light and it appears I can buy a glass insert like this that takes up most of the door:

I’ve made fine furniture projects so I’m not a complete novice.

I figure rail and stiles are obviously the way to go. Perhaps use a quartersawn white oak. There wouldn’t be a panel because the opening would be taken up by the glass insert. But it also seems like laminating 3 pieces of solid wood with epoxy is the way to go to form a 1.75” door?

Thoughts on this? Including robust joinery for the rails/stiles?

With.a 36” wide door and a 22” wide glass insert, I’m looking at 7” wide stiles.

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#1 posted 04-04-2017 02:09 AM

A solid wood door is not as well insulated as a steel or fiberglass door. Something to consider in the master bedroom…. I believe fine homebuilding just did an article about a year ago About making insulated wooden doors that you might want to check out

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 02:14 AM

I imagine a mostly glass door will be as insulated as the glass insert.

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#3 posted 04-04-2017 03:15 AM

Looks like Freud put together a guide!

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