I have a guesthouse with an unusual door, 32" x 76", and it needs a screen door.
Home Depot has tons of cheap-o screen doors that could be cut down to maybe 32" x 78" safely, but an additional two inches will probably cost my screen door structural integrity.
I've thought about building a screen door, but -- well, I lack some of the tools I think I'd need, namely: a planer, a joiner, and mortise and tenon jigs. I have a table saw, but it's disassembled and I have no where to actually run it. I do have a circular saw, a router, a jigsaw, a miter saw (chop saw), and a hand drill (all electric).
I could order a custom screen door for $250-300, but I can't believe there isn't a less expensive solution out there. I spent $300 for the door itself -- and can't believe I should have to spend another $300 just for a screen door.
Most of the plans I've found on the net require tools I don't have, and are overly complicated for my guesthouse's needs.
Here are a couple of possibilities, and I'd really love your feedback:
- Could I accomplish what I want with just some pegs and maybe a couple of L-brackets? Or will that be too weak with the constant slamming of the door?
- Is there a simple way to construct a mortise and tenon jig that would enable me to use only my router and maybe a drill for this project?
- Am I missing some other obvious option?
Where are you when I need you, MacGyver? ("macgyver" should really be a tag here on diy.)