How to Make a Custom Wood Screen Door

Just how to construct a customized timber screen door that is sturdy sufficient to endure a pet dog as well as kids coming in and also from it all day. This is a 36 × 80 wood screen door.

A while back, I saw a pin on Pinterest that connected to this picture, but there was no tutorial or more instructions that I might find. The picture was used in a few round-ups yet once again- the link/imagine really did not lead anywhere. So I made a decision to wing it to see if I could duplicate it

When I reviewed the job with my husband, he was skeptical that I can pull it off. So I told my friend Scottie from Saved by Scottie as well as we determined we would certainly get together at her area to place this with each other and verify him wrong. 


We did adjust the layout a little.

First, my doorway is 36 × 80. When you purchase a screen door, they offer 36 × 80 doors. These are actually a little bit smaller sized to leave room for hinges and also such.

So we are making adjustments to our dimensions for wood consequently. You need to adjust for several factors:

  • Timber items aren’t in fact 1 × 6 or 1 × 4. For instance, a lot of our 1 × 6’s were 5.5″ broad. One was bigger. You want to gauge the actual width of YOUR cut of timber to double-check your measurements.
  • It’s conventional to leave a 1/8″ space around the sides as well as the top, as well as a 3/8″ void or bigger near the bottom.

I’m going to offer you my numbers for my entrance. Your doorway may be various dimensions and you’ll need to readjust as necessary. Please don’t trust my mathematics … do your own math. I dislike math. And technically my mathematics was wrong and also I should have made this taller … just due to the lip on the outside of my entrance being lower than the inner part (the part I determined, whoops).

Having straight timber is actually important so check the wood you acquire carefully.

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  • ( 4) 8 ′ 1x6s $26.64.
  • ( 4) 8 ′ 1x4s $16.96.
  • Testing.
  • Kreg Jig pocket hole system and pocket hole screws (1.25 ″ coarse). I recommend grabbing this pocket hole screw set.
  • Saw.
  • Measuring tape.

Quality Joint set: 4 ″ Heavy T-Hinge Black (2 pk) x $2.25.98 (I got mine at Tractor Supply, however below’s a similar item in the house Depot for cheaper as well as you might purchase 3 rather than getting four and having a remaining).

Manage Utility Pull Black 5-1/$25.49.

Standard Obligation Pneumatic Door Closer- Black $9.98.

Rate square.

Wood glue.

Tarnish Behr Premium Waterproof Stain-Semi Transparent Cordovan Brown.

Adjustments to the Original Strategy.

A couple of notes on points we did various. No mitered edges. We are doing a simple rectangular edged framework.

It appears like they really did not do a lower item for their door, except the Z bottom. Hope that makes good sense. We opted to make the whole frame, then add the Z bottom separate. The overlap at the bottom gave us a good location to screw in the upright 1x4s.

Constructing a Wood Screen Door Frame.

First, we started by reducing our wood for the structure. We are using 1x6s for the structure and the cross pieces. The 1x4s are for the upright items.


( 2) 24 5/8 ″.

( 2) 79 1/2 ″.

We made use of pocket openings to put these with each other for the framework. Make sure to check every corner to make certain they’re settled.

Including the “Z” Decor to the Door.

Now, we wished to create the “Z” form. We utilized 1 × 6’s for this as well.

A lot of this work was setting up the very first item of wood in the direction we wanted, attracting the angle it would certainly need to be cut at, then reducing the angle with the miter saw. You require to determine roughly where you want each piece prior to starting to cut, simply because you need to represent where you prepare to position your manager. I advise attracting a mark where your handle will be.

Our top Z item ended up being around 36 1/8 ″, the second was 45 ″ and the third was 35 3/8 ″.

The first piece (base of the Z) is straight throughout with no mitered cuts. There’s a mild overlap with the bottom of the structure so that it creates a lip on the rear end. This will give us a place to include our vertical boards.

Then we did the next item, then the following. I merely used a pencil to attract the angle when I had it laid out just how I such as … and repeated.

When they were reduced, we laid them out. We glued the initial item down, then utilized screws to screw them right into the rectangle-shaped frame. Adhered to by doing the 2nd, after that the last item.

The screw heads were small for this which behaves since they’re a lot more subtle.

Including the Upright Boards.

Now, all we required to do was add our vertical boards. We turned our screen door. As you can see, the bottom of the Z provides us a bit of a lip to screw the upright boards too.

We reduced the boards to a selection of lengths after that laid them out just how we liked. You can position yours close together or even more apart. I required the door to be solid sufficient that the pet dog could not scrape with it (from the outdoors in), but I wanted the door to be as light as feasible so less timber was extra perfect.

The size of these items ranges from 33 1/4″ to 39 1/2″ but this was based on the height and placement of our Z.

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