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post #1 of 4 Old 09-19-2014, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Making an exterior door frame?

Has anyone done it/ have pointers? An interior one seems pretty straight forward, but not sure on exterior.

My door is leading into my front porch which is an "Open porch" but will be closed off come winter. The door now is a cheap metal door with the frame(original frame ripped out) I found the original Douglas fir door down my basement and want to install that after I finish stripping the paint.

My question is how would I go about making sure there are no "drafts" coming through the door. I have never done this before. The original way the front door was set up was that there was another wood door on the outside like a storm door(My neighbors house is original 1900s and that's what they have) So I would assume that's how most of the elements stayed out. Plus the craftsmanship was superb back then.
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There isn't very much difference between an interior door jamb and an exterior one. Usually the width of the stock used is the biggest difference. I normally use a water proof glue and use screws to assemble it rather than just nails. If it is in a location the bottom gets a lot of water I would probably use treated wood.

To prevent drafts, once the jamb is installed use Great Stuff expansion foam between the jamb and framing before you trim it out. Also make the door stop to accept a modern vinyl door weather stripping. The door stop just needs a rabbet on the edge of it to accept the weather strip. It would also help to put a rubber sweep on the bottom of the door too.
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I was about to answer but no need to now.Steve has given you abut the same advice I would have.
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I used a 2 piece jam

The main jamb was full width and the door stop, a separate piece, had a rabbet to accept the seal. That was way easier than trying to make it all in one piece. I hung the door and bumped the stop up to it and nailed it in place all around....a perfect airtight fit.

Here's my door:

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