how to make a hinged door

How to Make a Hinged Door
Tools Needed
1 Sheet of plywood
2 Tape measure
3 Safety glasses
4 Circular saw
5 Sander, with 120-grit pads
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Materials Needed
1 Screw gun
2 Screws
3 Hinges
4 Door handle
5 Wood sealant
6 Paintbrush
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Total Cost
$100-$200
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How to Make a Hinged Door

If you just need to make a simple door, making a hinged door from plywood is the simplest door you can make, outside of hanging a sheet in the doorway. A hinged plywood door is the perfect quick fix for an exterior building that needs to be sealed, whether it be a simple shed or even a treehouse. This probably isn’t a project for first-timers, but if you’re comfortable using a circular saw and a sander, it will be a cinch. Here’s how to make your hinged door.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Measure The Door Opening And Cut Your Plywood To Fit

How to Make a Hinged Door

To figure out what size you’ll need to cut your plywood, you’ll need the measure the height and width of the door opening. As always, to get the most accurate measurements, take the measurements in three places. For the height, measure the left side of the opening, then the center, and finally, the right side. Use the smallest measurement.

Then measure the width in three places: across the top, across the middle, and across the bottom. Again, use the smallest measurement.

Then, using your circular saw, cut the sheet of plywood to fit your measurements.

2

Sand The Plywood

How to Make a Hinged Door

As it is rough plywood, it’s a good idea to sand your new door piece. Sand it until it is smooth and you have removed any splinters.

3

Treat The Wood

How to Make a Hinged Door

Since this door will likely be an exterior door, you will need to treat it with wood sealer to keep it safe from rain and other moisture. Using the paintbrush, apply at least one coat of the wood sealer. You will likely need to apply more coats, depending on the instructions of the particular sealer that you bought. Let any coats dry completely before you apply a new coat and before you move on to the next step.

4

(Optional) Attach Bracing

How to Make a Hinged Door

If your door is particularly large, it’s a good idea to attach braces to keep the door from buckling over time. Align the horizontal braces with the door and then attach them with deck screws. Once you’ve got two horizontal braces, attach a diagonal brace with deck screws as well.

5

Attach The Hinges

How to Make a Hinged Door

Once the plywood piece is dry, it’s time to attach the hinges. Attach one 4” from the top and screw in one 4” from the bottom. Attach a third hinge directly in the center of the door. If your door is over 6” tall, though, you will need to add a fourth hinge. In that case, evenly space the third and fourth hinges between the top and bottom hinges.

6

Attach The Door Handle

How to Make a Hinged Door

As this is a simple hinged door, a simple door handle is fine. However, you can attach one that will latch to the structure to which you’re attaching the door. It’s up to you.

7

(Optional) Attach Vinyl Edging

If you would like to add extra protection to the door, to guard against moisture, you can attach vinyl edging to the edges of the door.

Conclusion

Now your hinged door is ready to hang. Not only is making a hinged door a simple and quick way to close off an exterior building, but it also requires only basic supplies and tools. Making sure to treat it with wood sealer (and bracing, if necessary) means that with only a little effort and time, you can have a reliable door that will last.

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Questions And Answers

Can exterior doors open outwards?

Most entry doors open inward and there is a good reason for this. You don't want the hinge pins exposed on the outside for burglars to be able to easily remove your door. That being said, some doors do open outward it is just not recommended.

How do you frame an exterior door?

This will depend on whether you are making a new opening or using an existing one. This is a project that can be a do-it-yourself project but you should have some home repair knowledge. If you aren't familiar with repair work you can contract someone to do it for you.

What is the Brickmold on an exterior door?

Brickmold can be used on your door or on a casing for a window. It is used for homes and business that have an exterior that is brick. The molding is placed around the window or door and then the brick buts up against the Brickmold providing a finished look.

How do you tell if an exterior door is left or right hand swing?

This process is actually a pretty simple one. Go up to your door and then see which hand is near the knob. If the knob is by your left hand then the door had a left-hand swing. If your right hand is near the knob it is a right-hand swing.

How do you determine the swing of an exterior door?

When your back is against the door’s jamb, your right-hand will be near the knob if it is a right-swing door. Your left-hand will be near the knob if it is a left-swing door.

Can I change the swing of an exterior door?

You will take the hinges off the door. Then, take the latch plate out. Measure hinge mortises height. Mark new hinge mortises height on other side of your door. Put hinges on new hinge mortises. Reattach the door and faceplate.

Can exterior doors swing out?

In all standards, yes, an exterior door could swing out. However, they aren’t made that way because it would be considered a safety issue for your home or business, since the hinges would be exposed.

What is a right hand exterior door?

There are left and right hand exterior doors. The right hand exterior door just means that if your back was facing the door jamb and your right hand was near the doorknob, that would be right-swing or right-hand.

What is a right hand entry exterior door?

A right-hand entry exterior door can be easily explained. Face your back to the door jamb. Is your right-hand near your doorknob? If so, you have a right-hand entry exterior door.

How much is the average exterior door?

The average price of an exterior door can range widely. They can be as low as $150 and as expensive as $2500. The price varies based on different styles, durability, brand and more.

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