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Blackwater 03-10-2010 12:40 AM

Making/Building French doors
The painted white door you see in the photo is being removed, there is zero need for it and is never used. From its location on the house I see it as a easy break in door that will conceal opportunity.
I have a matching door on the other side of the kitchen that is used as main entry. I want to open this wall for French doors and at some point add a deck that they will open onto.

The doors are old but I can make them solid and clean them up real well.

Question is can I turn these into French doors? Im thinking it would only take a few things to make it work. Like having a sliding pin on the top and bottom of one door. Make a weatherstrip on the pinned door. Then weather strip the rest like I would a single door.
Is that doable?

Has anyone seen a French door that looks like this? Glass on the top half of the door, solid lower end? I have only seen full glass top to bottom or full wood. If not how do you think it will look?

oh'mike 03-10-2010 06:31 AM

French doors(double doors) with glass one top only are fairly common--Take a cruise through some fancy new development and you will see them. Around here we call them funeral doors.(I'll explain the origin,if you ask.)

As for making your own out of old doors--that's some advanced carpentry. It can be done--however I don't know your skill level or access to tools,so I can't answer the question ,"Can I do this?."


Blackwater 03-10-2010 01:43 PM

Funeral Doors! Lol never thought of them like that, but true very creepy true! I havent looked to hard but cant recall seeing the double door without it being all glass or solid. Im going to give it a go. I'd like to see just how advanced I might be! Lol So I will keep up on this post, just might be a few weeks till I get started.

oh'mike 03-10-2010 05:26 PM

Back in the early days--Funeral parlors did not exist in most of the country---

Folks lucky enough to build a larger house would use double front doors,and double french doors into the parlor.

Often friends and neighbors would "borrow" the house for a funeral.

Times have changed--home funerals still exist in some hill country---but they are rare.--Mike--

Ron6519 03-10-2010 07:15 PM

These have the thermal efficiency of a 50 year old door. I could see rehabbing them and using them in an an interior setting.
I find them useless as an exterior door. Compound their use in a double door situation and you might as well just leave windows open in the winter.

oh'mike 03-11-2010 05:42 AM

Excellent point ,Ron--That will be a cold -cold area. A double storm door is 3 times the cost also.

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