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post #1 of 8 Old 06-07-2008, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Exterior Door Frame Construction

I make furniture for a living but I need to make en exterior door frame. Does anyone know where I can get a drawing of a section of a door frame so that I can see the measurments?

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-07-2008, 09:50 PM
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Why not just visit a lumberyard or big box place where they have doors on display to get dimensions. Jambs are usually wall thickness including drywall, not including ext. siding. Place a stop around the three sides and allow for weatherstripping. Add brickmold or whatever type trim to the exterior side of the jamb, and figure out what kind of threshold you want.
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Mike's right. Find out what the other guys are doing. But the jamb width should be the wall thickness + 1/16". Also, exterior jambs are usually milled from one piece of lumber rabbeted for the door--not an applied stop. It makes it tougher on the burglars to break in. Check out websites such as Stanley, or Simpson and you can get some details on jamb construction.

By the way, if it's a standard size, it's much cheaper to buy them than mill them.
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danielhowden,

I planned to buy a new exterior door frame. you can help me, a 5'0" beautiful door to construct. thanks !
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I see a quote on here "straight and flat is where it's at".. this especially important when building exterior doors.
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I don't know how much you know about door frames so I'll try to cover everything.. the part of the door frame that carries most of the weight is called the plain casing. This is normally made out of 4x3in but it may be bigger depending on the size of the opening, walls or weight of the door. Some doors can weigh over 200kg in extreme cases.

You also might think of the area the house is in, many newer houses don't have rebates (rabbets?) in the plain casing. These frames have a separate piece of timber nailed on as the door stop.

Most will be mortise and tennoned and glued and screwed. Softwood is generally frowned upon and hardwoods seem to be preferred. Mahogany and the like.

The door frame is fixed to the masonry mostly by plugs and screws and a matching dowel will cover the screw head. An alternative and old method is to fix a piece of wood behind the frame and screw through that and when the door trims go up, it is concealed.

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Just a quick doodle of what I mean, it's hard to give dimensions without knowing what the frame will be fixed to or the size and weight of door.
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