A handmade door can be strong and sturdy. Choose one of these three classic patterns: batten, layered or joined. All are well within the range of average skills and abilities, and can be as beautiful as any panel door without being as difficult to make.
ILLUSTRATION: JAN ADKINS
The batten design, one row of parallel boards held together by perpendicular and diagonal battens, is most often found on barn doors.
A layered door, with three full thicknesses of wood, is much stronger than a batten door, but much heavier.
A properly built joined door looks the least homemade, and is particularly suited to openings in stone or concrete.