Custom doors are a huge expense in home building, often costing thousands of dollars. Typically a door for a tiny house is nowhere near this price, but since many of them have to be customized for width or height, they can cost quite a bit – even if you just have a standard door cut down and rehung.
You, too, can make your own custom tiny house door.
Instructables user gunguru decided to build his own tiny house door from hardwood lumber and the results are stunning. We wanted to share just a little of the construction process to show you that it may not be as out of reach as you think to create your very own custom tiny house door.
Finished door parts with tongue and groove, ready for assembly.
Making your own tiny house door is a pretty basic operation, but depending on your material, you might need some specialized gear.
A few items they used that I also recommend are:
- a table saw
- a miter saw
- a cordless drill with various bits
- and a handheld belt sander – if you are using rough lumber, as they did
You will also need a wood planer, but shops like Woodcraft offer hardwoods in most sizes and can ship to your location.
The door frame laid out to check sizes, note the table saw in the background.
If you are a beginner woodworker, I would recommend starting with wood as close to the finished state as possible, since taking a chance that things will turn out once trimmed on the table saw and run through the plane is a gamble that could mean buying new material.
The raw door, with glue and screws ready for sanding and stain.
You’ll need to prep your material, whether it’s smooth or needs planning, before building the tongue and groove joints that all good paneled doors require.
Cutting out these pieces is where the real work of door building happens. Take your time and get it right. Once the tool is set up properly and you know your dimensions, most of the work will be done by the machines.
Here the door is getting a coat polyurethane, notice the large screw holes, still visible.
They used pocket screws to ensure strong joints, but if you have a doweling jig, wood dowels or pegs could be substituted inside the joints to avoid the screw holes you’ll eventually have to cover up.
Spend some time on the sanding and filling to ensure a good finish and send a pic if you decide to build one. Have fun and remember, safety first!