The Door Project continues.
Now, while I am quite knowledgeable when it comes to constructing barricades, I freely admit that I know nothing about hanging a door. Or building one, for that matter.
(“Neither do I,” claims My Fella, but you know what? I DO NOT BELIEVE HIM. Not anymore. I mean, just look at this door panel he designed, constructed, and lovingly hand-varnished:)
The really sick part? Actually, there are two: a.) he’s never done this before; as far as I can tell, he just majored in math and, years later, decided to apply his spatial skills to woodworking* and b.) this is one of TWO panels that fit together. All because I said** “Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we had one of those Dutch doors?” and he said, “Yeah, it would. Let me see if I can make one.”
Readers, he made one. Here’s the slideshow view:
Which brings us to framing. Framing is complicated; there are many elements to consider…
…as My Fella has repeatedly explained to the Boxhound.
For example, building your door frame (yes, he built the door frame as well, though he shrugged it off because “really, all [he] did was measure and cut some lumber”) and ensuring that it is level.
And if it’s not?
Put a shim in it! (In this case, our shims were cedar shingles.)
Meanwhile, here’s another slice of architectural layer cake; My Fella added 2×4 studs to fill in the gaps, followed by the door frame insert.
Once the frame is in place, it’s time to add hinges.
And THEN…it’s time to hang the individual door panels!
And here’s the other!
And here is the door.
And now, the door is complete!
(Oh, and see below for a nice touch: a threshold.
“Wait, when did you have time to make and stain this?” I asked. My Fella shrugged, “While I was doing other stuff.”)
Et voila — here is the view from the kitchen.
As I said, there remain odds and ends to be finished: doorknobs, latches, assorted finish work. But for now, I’m just thrilled to have a door.