I’m building an exterior door for my basement. My house is 50+ years old and, while well built, it seems that nothing is standard size - especially in the basement. The foundation and basement walls are 2’ thick granite, so door and window openings are sized based more on circumstance than standards. Circumstandardization, as it were.
The dogs and the weather made a mess of the previous door, which was a “solid” wood blank that I cut to size. Solid is in quotes because the inside of the door was compressed wood chips, not true solid wood. Once the dogs scratched it up moisture got in and ruined it. Time for a really solid wood door. The problem was that Home Depot wanted over $300 for a custom sized door, and that was before adding a $100 doggie door. Harumph. The solution was to build one myself for 20% of that price. I knew I could do it because I have never not done it before.
The initial plan was to lay 2x8’s side by side (trimmed to make the right overall width) mark across the boards in 3-4 spots, drill through and insert threaded rods to add stability and strength. That plan was torpedoed when I couldn’t find any 2x boards in my town straight enough for the task. Everything was either warped or twisted. That’s fine for people, but not for wood. I went instead with 1x8’s, glued and joined together, then framed up on the exterior (similar to this). Mine, however, will not be spilt in the middle. Instead, the bottom right quarter will open independently and serve as a doggie door. I’m to the point now where it needs to be sanded and painted, then add hardware and hang. It’s shaping up pretty nicely if I do say so myself. I don’t have any pictures to post, so take my word for it.
Do tell about your current project…