This category displays a variety of free woodworking plans and projects instructions on build various styles of doors and related items to decorate doorways. Building projects like arched doorways, door knockers, door chimes, screen doors and timber frame doors. Even how to fix a hollow core door. See the page navigation links near the bottom to view the other projects pages of door building plans.
This next HouseCalls request took Ron to Olympia, Washington. The Podowicz family had done a few updates and a remodel to their home, but they still felt like there was something missing. Cathy wanted to add some type of architectural detail that might create a lodge atmosphere. Ron recommended that they capture this effect by adding a rustic post and beam archway to the opening of the dining room. The result was so inviting they may never get their future house guests to check out!
What this homeowner would like to do next is replace the plain hollow core doors in her hallway with something more attractive and substantial. This seemed just a little too challenging for Karen to handle on her own so she requested a HouseCall and Ron was more than happy to oblige.
Although frame-and-panel doors appear complicated, they are not really hard to build if you take your time and measure carefully. Frame-and-panel doors consist of the rails (the top and bottom pieces), the stiles (the side pieces), and the panel.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a Victorian style screen door. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.
At this link you will find American Woodshop with Scott Philips as he walks you through the process of building Colonial Door Casings with broken arch pediments. Visit their web site, then click on Season 16 and look for Episode 1601 to watch the video.
Now you see it, now you do not. That is the beauty of the pocket door. It is actually a sliding door that goes inside the wall, which some real advantages. For one thing, they don not require room to swing, and when they are completely open, they are completely out of sight. However, those hidden parts can make them tricky to replace when something goes wrong. The pocket door we replaced had a missing latch, a track that was noisy and did not slide very smoothly, and some alignment problems.
Rons wife Lynn invited an architect to their new home to help with their long, winding hallway. To provide a more spacious feeling, Pat suggested that they consider widening the entry to the dining room. Ron and Lynn thought this was a great idea, so Ron got started.