Build a Wooden Door: Three Ways

Using one of three classic patterns — batten, layered or joined — you can build a strong, sturdy, beautiful wooden door.

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.
Layered Door
A layered door, with three full thicknesses of wood, is much stronger than a batten door, but much heavier.
The batten design, one row of parallel boards held together by perpendicular and diagonal battens, is most often found on barn doors.
Joined Door
A properly built joined door looks the least homemade, and is particularly suited to openings in stone or concrete.

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