how to make a door jamb

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Tools Needed
1 Safety Glasses
2 Tape Measure
3 Pencil
4 Square
5 Miter Saw
6 Work Table
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Materials Needed
1 Drill
2 Drill Bits
3 Screws
4 Chisel
5 Hammer
6 Strike Plate
7 Hinges
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Total Cost
$50-$150
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Estimated Time
2-3 Hours
Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

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Many people assume that making a door jamb is hard, but it’s actually a project almost anyone can handle. Typically, you only need a few wood boards and some basic tools to get started, meaning you don’t have to hire a professional to get high-quality results.

This approach can be especially cost effective as it allows you to buy slab doors instead of the pre-hung units most people choose. Just follow the steps below to get your new, custom door jamb made.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Shopping For The Wood

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Your first step is to measure the door that will be used once the door jamb is installed. Use a tape measure and record the height and the width of the door. Once you have the measurements, add 1 ½ inches to the height and 3/6-inch to the width. With your measurements in hand, you can purchase the wood you will need. In most cases, ¾-inch hemlock is an ideal choice for this project. You will need two pieces that meet or exceed the height requirement and one piece that meets or exceeds the width measurement.

2

Cut the Wood

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After you purchase the wood, you can but the pieces down to size. In some cases, you can have each side cut to size at the home improvement store at the time of purchase. If that service isn’t available, you can do it yourself.

Take your tape measure and mark the appropriate length measurement on the board. Use a straight edge and pencil to make the cut line. Then, use a miter saw to make the cut. Repeat the process to get the other two pieces cut to length. You should end up with two sections for the height measurement and one for the width.

3

Construct the Jamb

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To put the jamb together, you need to place the two long pieces of wood parallel to one another. Then, place the shorter piece flush between those two sections at the side that will become the top.

Once the pieces are placed, use a drill with a 3/16-inch bit and drill two pilot holes through the long piece into the short piece, penetrating about ¼ inch into the short section and staying about 3/8 inches away from the edges. Repeat the process on the other side.

Then, use 2-inch screws to secure the pieces together, using the pilot holes as a guide.

To improve stability, you can use a section of scrap wood, measuring the same length as the original width piece, and place it on the other end of the door jamb. Secure it to the bottom using 1 ¼-inch screws, allowing it to act as a brace as you add the upper screws.  Once the top screws are in, remove the brace.

4

Mark the Jamb for Hinges

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To prepare the jamb for the hinges, you will use those attached to the door as a guide. Place the door into the jamb, centering it between the frame, using blocks it necessary to ensure the front face of the door sits flush with the upper edge of the jamb.

Trace about the edge of the hinge based on the current exposure. This allows you to line up the hinges once they are removed from the door. Take the door out of the jamb and remove one hinge. Position the hinge on the jamb, using the previous mark as a guide, and trace around the entire hinge before removing it. Repeat the tracing process for every hinge.

5

Chisel Out Hinge Spaces

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For the hinges to sit flush, you will need to chisel out the excess wood from the jamb. Take the chisel, making sure the beveled side is up, and tap it gently, but firmly with a hammer. You want to achieve a depth of 1/8 inch in the entire hinge space. Once the entire space has had material removed, test fit the hinge to make sure it lays flat and flush.

6

Add Door Knob Hole

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After all of the hinge spaces have been carved out, you can attach the door by the hinges. Use blocks to place the door in an open position. Next, flip the hinges down into the spaces and secure using ¾-inch screws. Then, shut the door and lift the entire unit, placing it vertically against a wall. Take a tri-square and use it to mark the location of the door knob hole on the jamb. You can now open the door.

Using the striker plate as a guide, align it with the door knob hole mark on the jamb. Make sure the curved or beveled edge of the plate extends slightly over the jamb’s edge. Then, trace the edge of the plate as well as the hole in the center before setting the strike plate aside. With the tracings acting as a guide, use a hammer and chisel to remove a ½ inch of material from the center hole. Then, remove 1/16 inch of wood from the rest of the area within the strike plate outline. Use the strike plate to test the fit before screwing it onto the jamb using ½-inch screws. Finally, test the door to make sure it latches properly into the door knob hole, chiseling out extra material if necessary.

Conclusion

After the above steps have been completed, you’ve successfully made a door jamb for the door and can move forward with the installation. While it does require some effort, handling the project yourself can save you a significant amount of money, making it a worthwhile venture.

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Questions And Answers

How much does it cost to install a new door?
On average the cost of a new entry door is between $500 and $700. The price varies greatly depending on things such as the material of the door, the brand, the type of door, the company installing the door, and more. Installing the door yourself will reduce the cost.
How do you fix a door frame?
To fix a door frame, you must first take off the broken part. You will then nail in the new frame, place the door stop, put the strike plate in and install the molding. This project does not take very long for most people.
Is a steel or fiberglass door better?
Fiberglass doors and steel doors are both great doors. If struck hard enough a fiberglass door can crack, steel does not. Other than that, these doors are both really great options. Steel is the more affordable of the two but fiberglass may be slightly better in all other aspects.
What color should your front door be if it is facing north?
If your door is facing North, feng shui colors for your door are as follows: blue, white, black, and gray. You should avoid the color of deep pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, red, and brown on a front door that facing North.
What color to paint a north facing front door?
The two best colors for a north facing front door are gray and white. You could also paint this door black, blue, gray or white. You should not paint a north facing front door purple, red, yellow, brown, green, pink or orange.
What does the color of your front door mean?
The color of your front door does matter. It is the first thing people see when driving by and coming up to your home. For example, light blue means you are hopeful. Dark blue means you may have strong family ties. Yellow means you are a morning person.
How much does it cost to install a door frame?
A lot of the cost of your door frame will depend on what the current frame looks like. For example, rotting wood would be most costly as things need to be repaired and replaced. For a single door frame, you will need to plan for a minimum of $150.
How much does it cost to replace a door and door frame?
The cost of replacing a door and frame will vary greatly. It is going to depend on the type of material the door is made of and how customized it is. You sho.d expect to spend at minimum $500 for an exterior door and at least $300 for interior replacement.
How much does it cost to install a Prehung door?
To install a prehung door, the price may vary a bit, depending on the brand and other factors. If you want someone to take away your old materials and install the door for you, it may cost an average of $350. The door alone may cost an average of $200.
Do you need to paint a fiberglass door?
Yes, you should paint a fiberglass door. The edges are generally already primed, so they can be painted. If you choose not to paint these doors, they may start rotting or delaminating. The edges are usually made from wood which is why they may rot if not painted.
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