|Forum topic by swarfrat||posted 06-16-2014 03:59 PM||1134 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
06-16-2014 03:59 PM
We have a screened porch built by the previous homeowners, and it’s about a 6 foot drop. Since we have a toddler now who’s literally testing the limits (pushing on the screens), I need to put up safety railing. That’s almost done – the longest span between studs is 27.5 inches, so I just went with 2×2 top, bottom rail and balusters. I built the frames up, and then I’m using pocket screws to fasten the sections in place one they’re painted. (I pocket screwed the ballusters too, probably not the fastest choice. I ended up following up with 18ga brad nails to keep the balusters from twisting.)
The piece I haven’t completely figured out yet is the door. There’s about three feet drop of stairs out the screened door, so I think it essentially needs to be built to similar standards as the railing. But that’s a thick door. The top rail is at 36” from the floor. I made several 3 7/8” ‘GO’ block gauges and one 4” ‘NOGO’ gauge, and used them to layout my balusters.
I’ve never built a door before, and I understand it to be moderately tricky, but in the interest of matching the rest of the railing (function wise and appearance wise) I figured I’ll need to make this one myself.
How would you tackle this one? There’s not a lot of meat, I woudln’t expect solid wood of those dimensions to be stable. Plywood and pocket screws? Hardwood? There is a landing outside the door, so code may not require the door to be built to the same specs as the railing, but even if my son is safe, I still need to protect the screen door from him.