Doors and doorways are vital architectural elements. They mark boundaries, provide access and security, and keep out the cold winter wind. In warmer weather, screen doors allow ventilation while keeping critters out and pets in. While your doors are doing all this, they also are making a profound statement about your home. Why rely on commercially produced doors for such a critical role when you can build your own? In this workshop we'll design and build both an entry door and a screen door. We'll tackle all aspects of door making, from selecting the right materials to hanging the door on its hinges, from cutting the joints to applying a finish, and everything in between. Bring along your creativity and enthusiasm as we work our way through this collaborative design/build process.
Course start time: Sunday, 5pm
Course end time: Friday, 5pm
- Competency Level: Beginner to Intermediate
By the end of this class students will have collaborated to design and build an entry door (and frame) and a screen door. They will be familiar with the materials and hardware used in door construction and (time permitting) will have been through the process of installing a custom door.
Handcrafted Doors and Windows, Amy Rowland, Rodale Press 1982
Build Like a Pro Windows and Doors: Expert Advice from Start to Finish, by Scott McBride, Taunton Press 2002
Cutting Edge Table Saw Tricks by Ken Burton
Woodworking with the Router by Bill Hylton
Woodworking: the Right Technique by Bob Moran
Tools/Materials to Bring
Safety goggles and hearing protection.
Comfortable, closed-toe shoes.
Cordless drill (if available),
Block plane (if available)
Other basic, small hand tools (card scraper, chisels, bevel gauge, etc)
This workshop includes a whole boatload of great stuff about doormaking, doors, design, and woodworking in general. The basic schedule is something like this:
Show up Sunday evening for a round of introductions, q & a, and other beginning of the class stuff.
Learn about stuff like safety, design, making little pieces of wood out of big ones, putting all those little pieces back together again and making them fit, then finishing them to suit.
Laugh a little
Go home tired, but happy with a new arsenal of skills and the burning ambition to build yourself a new door.
Sunday eve: Orientation, welcome dinner, course overview
Intro to the Shop
Overview of door construction, hardware, and materials
Design, Sketching and Planning
Door Frames (and weather stripping)
Patternmaking and Shaping
Hanging and Finishing
Installation?? (We'll have to see how things go—there is an awful lot to cover before we get to this point)
I conduct all my classes in an informal, but structured manner. Please feel free to ask plenty of questions as we go—I tend to do better when there is a dialog going on, rather than me just standing up front yakking away. Expect some really bad jokes, a lot of laughter, and plenty of time to work. Don’t be hesitant about taking your turn when it comes time to cut something. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to ask for help when there is something you don’t understand or if there is a procedure you’re nervous about.