It all started when the Tiny House arrived back at the school. It came back without a door and I thought to myself – “What is the fun of just installing a normal door? Let’s make it more complex by taking a slab door and creating a dutch door!”
So when the slab door got here, I had to get to work and figure out how I was going to split it and make it work the way we wanted it to. I knew that the Tiny House crew wanted a shelf to be added to the bottom of the door for serving coffee. So one thing I had to do was make sure that I cut off enough for the shelf to fit onto the door. For the shelf, I took a piece of older barn wood. There were some challenging parts when it came to the installation of the door – chiseling out the hinge holes to putting the skid plate on the door frame and, also, installing the door frame/jamb.
Anyway, here are the steps I used to make the dutch door:
- Decide how you will split your door.
- Mark where to cut your door.
- Cut the door.
- Measure to make sure the cut was right.
- Once the door is cut, make sure that it fits into the frame.
- Cut the shelf to the right width of the door.
- Install the shelf to the door.
- If you are painting it a certain color, paint the door during this step.
- Attach the hardware to the door.
- Attach the door hinges to the door, then attach the door to the frame.
- Shut the door a few times to see how well it fits.
- Then look back at the door and be proud of your hard work!