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Forum topic by interpim posted 07-02-2009 01:58 AM 1412 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2009 01:58 AM

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Well… as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.

I bought a cheap screen door for the back of my house. Well, my 2 and 7 year old kids have beat it up in about a month time frame. The flimsy frame couldn’t handle much use at all, pieces have come out of it, and overall it is a piece of crap…

Now, on to the question.

I am considering building my own screen door, and I have seen maybe 1 plan on the internet. Has anyone ever built their own screen door, and if so, what advice can you offer me

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 07-02-2009 03:06 AM

After buying 2 screen doors in the last 3 years at Home Depot and having them falling apart in 1 year, I built my own this year. The ones from HD were finger jointed and the finger joints failed quickly. I think they used flour and water for glue.

I built mine out of solid cedar, no finger joints. I used pinned mortise and tenons at the corners. The styles and rails are as straight grained as I could find. It’s not fancy but it looks much more solid than the ones I bought.

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#2 posted 07-02-2009 05:58 AM

Do an LJ Search for “screen door” there are several. I like this one, .

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#3 posted 07-02-2009 06:36 AM

Glad you like that one John!

That screen door is still in service a few years later and is no worse for the wear. We actually sold that house and the wife insisted on taking the door to the new place. My wife and I designed it on the fly using pegged mortise and tenon joinery. As long as the tenons are well fitted and you reinforce with the square pegs, it should last for quite some time.

Have fun building yours!

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#4 posted 07-02-2009 02:16 PM

My two year old is starting to do a number on our backdoor, and my wife made this suggestion the other day. I’m gonig to watch this thread, as she has informed me that I have a vested interest in learning as much as possible prior to building ours.

Treeman – Waht did you use for screen? Hardware? Is it spring “loaded”, so it shuts by itself?

-- Derrek L.

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#5 posted 07-02-2009 03:23 PM

did mine with half lap joinery, titebond glue and stainless screws
5 years and the grandkids haven’t hurt it yet

-- Ron, Missouri

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#6 posted 07-04-2009 11:50 PM

I found this in my search

-- San Diego, CA

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#7 posted 07-05-2009 04:18 AM

Nice screen door well done

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