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Instructions -Making the door frame   Page 15 of 21  

The door frame is all of the members that surround the door. The frame consist of head and side jambs. Some door frames also include the sill or threshold but that is not the case for this project.

The lumber
For the door frame you will need 3100mm (124") of 150x50 (2x6) dressed/surfaced lumber.
NOTE: The actual size of the lumber when dressed finishes smaller than the nominal size stated above so make any necessary allowances.
For more information on lumber sizes click here. Also ensure the lumber that you use is suitable for exterior use.

Dimensions and some important measurements
door frame parts Actual lumber sizes vary from place to place so use all dimensions as a guide only.

The important measurements are....
1.) The overall height and width of the door frame should be 10mm (3/8") less than the overall height and width of the rough opening in the wall, to allow for some play.

2.) Allow enough gap between the door and frame to ensure ease of opening. In this case at least 5mm (3/16") clearance all the way around the door.

How wide should the door frame be?
Usually the width of a door frame should be the same as the thickness of the wall, including the interior lining and the exterior siding. This is so the frame will be flush with both the inside and outside of the wall allowing for trims and moldings to fit neatly around both the inside and outside of the door frame. However in this case, the frame is wider than the wall which means it will project into the building an inch or so, reflecting our personal preference regarding the finished look.


door frame rebate Step 1. Rebate the frame
Cut a rebate in a piece of lumber 150x50 x 3100 long (2x6 x 124" long). This is best done with a bench saw by making two cuts along the length of the lumber as follows: make one cut 50mm (2") deep along the edge and one cut 20mm (3/4") deep along the face. See the drawing.

Step 2. Cut the frame members
Cut the 3 frame members to length. The frame members comprise of a head piece and two side jamb pieces. Cut the head 640mm (25 5/8") long with a 45° angle cut at each end.
Cut the two side jambs 1200mm (48") long with a 45° angle cut at the top ends and a standard square cut at the bottom ends.

Step 3. Glue and fix
Glue and nail the frame members together.
Nail a temporary spacer to the bottom of the door frame to keep the side jambs parallel.

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bullet Page 1:  Introduction and Contents
bullet Page 2:  Identifying the Members - Terminology
bullet Page 3:  Helpful Information
bullet Page 4:  Shopping List and Cutting List
bullet Page 5:  Plans - Footprint and Front Elevation
bullet Page 6:  Plans - Rear Elevation and Side Elevation
bullet Page 7:  Plans - The Roof, Cuts and Angles
bullet Page 8:  Floor - Option 1, Lumber
bullet Page 9:  Floor - Option 2, Concrete
bullet Page 10: Instructions - Wall Frames
bullet Page 11: Instructions - Roof Frame
bullet Page 12: Instructions - Roof Cover
bullet Page 13: Instructions - Wall Cover
bullet Page 14: Making the Door
bullet Page 15: Making the Door Frame
bullet Page 16: Installing the Door
bullet Page 17: Making the Window Frame
bullet Page 18: Making the Window Sash
bullet Page 19: Installing the Window
bullet Page 20: Instructions - Gable and Soffit
bullet Page 21: Instructions - Inside Finishing

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