Make a Screen Door – A Kreg Jig Home Improvement Project



hi everybody warmer weather is here so it's time to start doing some outdoor projects around the house and one of the things on my honeybee list is to make a screen door for our back patio door this door is part of a bay window so the door opening is not as wide as your average standard door so I can't just go out and buy a door that will fit so I'm going to have to make one that's a custom size so to get started I'm going to make some measurements of this door opening to measure for a screen door make sure you're measuring inside the casing where the screen door is going to fit and you want to make a measurement at the very top so this one is 24 and 3/16 then you'll want to make a measurement in the middle and here we have 24 and 1/16 then you'll want to take another measurement at the very bottom and I've got 24 and 216 and it also looks like I need to paint the trim and do some repairs down here but that's going to be a project for another day now I'm measuring the height of both sides of the door on the left side I've got 80 and 3/4 and on the right side I've got 80 and 3/4 so here are my measurements and the smallest width was 24 and 1/16 inches and the general rule is you subtract 1/4 inch from your smallest width to get the width of your door so I've got 23 and thirteen sixteenths inches for the height on both sides I got 80 and 3/4 inches so the general rule for the height is to subtract 1/2 inch so I end up with 80 and 1/4 inches tall for the door the previous screen door we had was made out of one-inch thick lumber and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to find that or not but I headed to Lowe's and I found the southern yellow pine that is actually one inch thick and it's three and a half inches wide and it comes in nine foot links and each board was about nine dollars so I bought three boards and this is what I'm going to use to make the screen door so let's head over to the miter saw and let's cut our pieces here's a quick sketch of the door and I'm going to join it together with pocket screws and remember it needs to be twenty three and thirteen sixteenths inches wide and I need to subtract seven for the width of the vertical pieces and that gives me the dimension here which is sixteen and thirteen sixteenths inches so I'm gonna have to cut four cross pieces one for the top one for the middle and I'm going to double them up at the bottom to create sort of a kick plate all right I've got the double piece for the bottom glued up and I've also got my middle piece and top piece here and I'm going to use my crank dig to drill pocket holes to assemble the screen door I'm using pocket screws with the addition of some type on three and these little sample models that I got at the woodworking show I'm going to paint the screen door white with some of this exterior semi-gloss enamel well it's been a few days since I've Haven doorframe and it's dry so now I need to work on the screens that are going to cover the openings our old screen door use these aluminum screen frames and the screen material was held in by this spline so I'm going to use that same concept and use this leftover southern yellow pine and cut some quarter inch strips and make my own wooden frames and I can cut a groove into the wood that will hold the spline material here's my test piece and it's a quarter inch strip of that so that in the old pine with a groove cut in it over at the table saw and basically I'm just going to lay the screen material over the groove and use the spline material and this tool to fasten the screen material into the frame I'm going to use the door openings to measure for the frames so I've cut a 45 degree miter at the end of this strip and I'm just going to line it up with the corner and then mark where my other 45 degree miter needs to be and I'm going to repeat that until I get all the sides cut for both frames now I'm just going to glue the mitered corners together all right well I've got the screen door installed and I was able to use the hinges the door closer and the latch handle from the old screen door so really all I had to buy was the lumber the screen and the spine material which came out to about $35 and I already had the paint and everything else I needed I do want to add a door sweep at the bottom of the door so I'll get that the next time I'm out of the home center so now can scratch off one more thing from my honey-do list but of course as everybody knows you scratch off one thing and you add two or three more so thank you guys for watching please leave a comment and I'll see you next time

39 Comments

  • Erin Ikeuchi

    April 12, 2019

    Great job

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  • marco belli

    April 12, 2019

    Great ! ! ???????i do some invention too in my weed wacker , maybe if you take a look at my video sure you can improve my invention

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  • Thomas Faucette

    April 12, 2019

    is it possible to build a 4' x 8' removal patio screens out of wood, that is solid?

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  • Amber Scott

    April 12, 2019

    Wish there was a way to make something like this but make it mobile

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  • Carlos Santiago

    April 12, 2019

    Wooooowww very cool

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  • westsidewil

    April 12, 2019

    How has the door held up? Has there been any issues? Sagging? Things you would have done differently? Thanks.

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  • Howard Hardy

    April 12, 2019

    Very nice. I am getting ready to build a couple custom sized screen doors to enclose a small deck that i just built a roof over. Decided to check out YouTube for ideas. Yours is the only video I watched and I have no need to watch any more. Thanks for the ideas.

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  • Melissa Faulk

    April 12, 2019

    This was the easiest how-to project for a screen that I've seen. Thanks so much!

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  • TheBeautybound

    April 12, 2019

    What size screws did you use for the frame that goes over the screen?

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  • L Rodriguez

    April 12, 2019

    Damn he likes to screw around .

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  • Gigi Barnette

    April 12, 2019

    The door looks good, but you’ll be painting it again in a year or so since you didn’t use any primer under that paint. 🙂

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  • John john Oj

    April 12, 2019

    way 2 go

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  • mike landreth

    April 12, 2019

    Love that EVH Tool Box !

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  • Ah Jodie

    April 12, 2019

    Nice thanks

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  • Troy Yarbrough

    April 12, 2019

    From one big guy to another… can you even fit through that door opening? I know I couldn't. lol

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  • Dark Horse Woodworking

    April 12, 2019

    Great video and build! I actually just finished a screen door out of pallet wood. Maybe check it out?

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  • Jerry Robinson

    April 12, 2019

    I like the way you made the screens. Very creative steve

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  • Chris Bondurant

    April 12, 2019

    Love this!

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  • Stefano

    April 12, 2019

    Hi, can you tell me the name and where did you buy the moschito screen and the tools you used to fit into the door?

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  • Allie Hunter

    April 12, 2019

    nice looking door. you make it look so easy.

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  • Adam Barowy

    April 12, 2019

    I've been avoiding this task for a couple years now because I didn't know where to begin. I really appreciate that you made this video. Especially with such clarity. Great job.

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  • Brian Kennedy

    April 12, 2019

    It looks great

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  • Sally O'Reilly

    April 12, 2019

    thanks for the video. tried it myself today (2/20/17). looks, fits and works great.

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  • phillip staton

    April 12, 2019

    Hi Steve: I watched this video quite some time back and enjoyed it, And the information was great. I need to ask You about the 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch reduction in size of the door. Does that mean that I would space the door 1/4 from both the top and bottom of the door frame or just 1/2 from the bottom? Same question for the sides. I don't know anything about this except what You teach. I retired to Central America ( Panama ) And no one here has a screen door. The job will be mine. Thank You.

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  • Mary West

    April 12, 2019

    really NICE screen door!!

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  • Dave Osland

    April 12, 2019

    Nice job of editing!
    Dave

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  • D4GG312

    April 12, 2019

    thumbs up for math

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  • Teddy R

    April 12, 2019

    Like it,,,,I have a kreg jig,,,will use it ,,,to make my door….thanks good Job,,,,,

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  • Angie Overton

    April 12, 2019

    Very helpful. We were just contemplating doing this and I was curious if I could just build one myself. I appreciate that you included how you came to your measurements. Thanks!

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  • Alan Turnquist

    April 12, 2019

    I appreciate the level of detail on little stuff like the dedos for the screen. and the funk music

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  • virginia robertson

    April 12, 2019

    Enjoyed the music also, thanks.

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  • gavi 876

    April 12, 2019

    great work.

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  • NWO BIG-MOUTH

    April 12, 2019

    Great video until the last "Honey-Do" comment…now I'm sad again. 🙁

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  • David Clark

    April 12, 2019

    Good job!

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  • Christopher M

    April 12, 2019

    Nice job, and looks easy enough!! Thanks!!!

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  • Dani Adams

    April 12, 2019

    Nice! Thanks for the DIY post. Looking easy until that miter and spline part necessary to fit the screen.Wish I could just add this to a list and someone would check it off DONE! 🙂

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  • Aldo Tomás Orduña Fabila

    April 12, 2019

    Very good job! Definitely I am going ti follow your instructions, thanks!

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  • Ray Collins

    April 12, 2019

    Perfect thanks for the just what i needed

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  • neopaltoys

    April 12, 2019

    excellent! one question. where did you get those black and orange trigger clamps. Wondered if they are less expensive than Irwin?

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