Homemade screen door on our homesteadPosted by: Tammy
The old screen door was a scraped, dented, hard to open, hard to close, metal monster. We never found the screen portion to the door and so it either was all glass or letting in mosquitoes and flies. I would have bought a new screen door in a heartbeat but like everything in our little cabin, nothing is a standard size. So I began to research and then Eighth Acre Homestead posted up about their homemade screen door and I was sold! Homemade and better made than the box store flimsy thing, I made our screen door!
Our design uses oak instead of pine (hubby felt it would look good after the poly was on). I used 1″X4″ on the sides and 1″X6″ for the top, middle and bottom cross members. I realized I had two pieces of 1X4’s left and added the little bottom pieces for extra rigidity and design. I did use corner supports and also added heavy-duty “L” and “T” supports at the corners and in the middle . I used a roll of heavy-duty screen mesh and carefully rolled the edges and tacked those down with flat-topped “U” tacks. I decided to screw down a small, simple piece of trim wood over the rolled edge to hide it but like I said, it was screwed in because I anticipate having to replace the screen someday. I could conceivably make it a “storm” door by sandwiching plexiglass under the trim pieces, too. Something to consider if we want to use it more in the winter and need to keep the place a little tighter.
Besides the door, the front entrance needed an entrance light and repairs to the supports. We moved the supports down a bit to accommodate a rustic looking motion-activated light and centered them properly so we’ll be able to add the trim around the windows in the front.
I have to tell you that this past weekend was VERY hot up north and I loved having that full-sized screen door letting the breeze in! This was one of my more enjoyable DIY projects on the homestead. I get to visibly enjoy it everyday unlike some jobs that are hidden behind a wall. Once again, I can’t thank Eighth Acre Homestead enough!