Dutch Door Done Easy
A layered assembly and clever installation make building and hanging a breeze
Synopsis: This article gives details for building and installing a Dutch door using a layered-assembly technique. Illustrations show the dimensions of each layer, and a series of photographs demonstrate the method of building the door (including the sequence of cutting the rabbets to keep the piece stable) and then fitting it into the opening before cutting the door in two and adding weatherstripping and hardware.
Ever since I bought my house, I’ve wanted to replace the back door with a Dutch door. There are a lot of aesthetic and practical justifications—you can get a cooling breeze off the porch while keeping the dog inside, for instance—but there are also some fun challenges associated with the build, and that’s always a good motivator for a craftsman. The method I’ve landed on uses a layered-assembly technique, so you don’t need any plunge routers or mortise machines, or cope-and-stick router-bit sets. Instead, the…