Building Big Doors, On Site
When a custom-size door is needed, try this simple technique for a frame-and-panel look.
Synopsis: Carpenter Gary Striegler describes his method for building custom-size frame-and-panel doors. He uses poplar for the stiles and rails and plywood for the panels. Through a series of photographs, he outlines the process of building the doors: getting straight edges from the stock; gluing up the bottom rail; fitting and laying out the joinery; cutting the grooves, mortises, and panels; and the final glue up.
Recently, one of our clients decided to open up the wall between two rooms in their new house with a large cased opening. The rooms were both intended to be used primarily as home offices, so the couple liked the idea that they could be open to each other most of the time. When needed, though, the rooms would double as guest bedrooms. Since overnight guests wouldn’t be as excited about an open floor plan, we had to come up with a good-looking option…