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Forum topic by cwcad posted 03-20-2012 04:49 PM 1015 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2012 04:49 PM

Hi fellows!

I have been sitting around in my shop in the dark of late. I have often thought that a new door would be a good thing to bring additional natural light to my work area. I have a small entrance door already in place but it is rotting and needs to be replaced. I also have a nice triple pane complete replacement window measuring 60” x 20”. What I am looking for is a suggestion as to how I could incorporate a nice triple pane window into a needed entry door.

Anyone interested in giving me some ideas as to how to go about this? I have more time than money so this would be an enjoyable project that could provide me with entertainment as well as a needed door. thanks in advance!!

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 04:54 PM

Just out of curiosity, is this a window that opens? IE: a split window with a top and bottom half that slide to open and close?

Like I say, I’m just curios. I like the idea and will be following along to see what happens!

Good Luck!

-- Kenny

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 04:59 PM

Doors are a bit of work and eat up the board feet of wood.Questions I would ask myself would be:Do I want to spend the money,Do I have the tools or bit set to build a door,Do I have the time,Do i have a source for the glass? Sorry to ask the question with a question.

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 05:23 PM

Make it a transom window?

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 05:43 PM

I am embarrassed to admit that I pretty much have a wood shop capable of building a space ship to the moon with all left handed threads. My problem is talent. I have built many things with a plan but do not do well with my own designs.

IT is a replacement widow that slides up from the bottom and down from the top in a vinyl casing. I could certainly purchase a door cheaper and easier but that is not a requisite. I am looking for a project that will hone my skills and produce something useful for me and my shop.

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#5 posted 03-20-2012 06:12 PM

If you are building a shop door, it doesn’t have to be pretty, just functional. Since you already have a window, I’d lay it on the bench and build a door around it. I’d use treated two by eights or tens for rails and stiles, What ever it takes to fill up the door frame. For actual door construction ideas, watch some old westerns. They had some doors with windows, and they were simply made but stronger than any wood door you can buy today. If you are worried about security, you can put all the extra bracing that you want on the inside, and put seven dead bolts on it, too. You can put as much money as you want into it. I can’t give you a detailed plan, I don’t work that way, anyhow. I tend to just pull it out of my ass as I go along. It works for me. I am positive that I could take your window and less than $50 in lumber and hardware, and build a perfectly seviceable door. It probably wouldn’t be too terribly ugly, either. I’ve been building things out of the scrap pile for years, either out of necessity, or because i had something in the way, that was to good to throw out, and I made up a use for it, like your window. It’s really no big deal. You can do anything want. This doesn’t even sound that hard. Good luck.

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 06:59 PM

Use framing lumber with bridle joints for the rails and stiles.

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 07:00 PM

Thanks Randy! That is my position as well. I was needing a little inspiration and encouragement since it is a rather expensive window that for a lot of reasons I do not need to use in its intended purpose, cannot return it, and I need a project. Not being a journeyman but a wannabe wood worker kind of hastens my attempts but it will not stop it.

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#8 posted 03-20-2012 07:26 PM

Excellent suggestion for a joint, Bondo!

-- Do what you say...Say what you do.

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