|Forum topic by bgrady||posted 11-11-2014 09:17 PM||673 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
11-11-2014 09:17 PM
I’m new here and I first want to say that I really enjoy this website and all the information on it. I’m just starting to get into woodworking and I think I’m hooked. So far I’ve built some patio furniture and a bed and now I have really challenged myself on my current storm door project.
The old storm door recently swung open and broke at the joints. It’s an odd size so I figured making a new one would be a good challenge and a fun project and I was right. After doing some research I decided on poplar because it will be painted and poplar is inexpensive so I could afford to buy extra in case I made any mistakes. I also decided to use a Kreg jig to assemble the door.
The finished door will be 1 1/2” thick. Following is the design that is roughly to scale:
I arbitrarily decided to use a 1/4” oak panel for the bottom (between the bottom rail and glass) and I’m using wood casing to frame the panels. I don’t have the tools to make raised paneling so I figured having a larger “frame” around the panels will make it look fancy enough. I hope it doesn’t look stupid. I cut 1/4” notches (actually about 9/32”) to hold the panels. I enjoyed cutting the notches on the table saw so I proceeded to cut the same sized notch to give me the option to hold the glass on the top part of the door.
I will be installing one piece of glass (my drawing has fake muntins) and I have no idea of the best way to install it into the door. I heard people usually rabbet the area that will hold the glass but I don’t have door making router bits. I could rabbet it but I think it will look odd on one side.
Finally my question(s): Can I install 1/8” glass directly into the notches in the door? If I go that route I would jam some putty into the notches to hold it tight. I also would not plug the screw holes in the top rail so I could replace the glass if it broke. And I would frame it with some moulding that will provide extra support.
The other option I thought of is to make a separate window frame then install it into the door. If that is the better option, what is the best way to fasten the window frame to the door?
Thanks for reading and I appreciate any response!