Earlier in the year, we put up a snail-shell cubicle for our solar shower and a tree bog. What I didn’t mention at the time was that both of them were missing these:

I’ve never made a door before, and started with the one on the right which, I think, looks proportionally better. The one on the left has the horizontals just too far from the edges and the boards aren’t pinned tightly in place like the other one. I might add a drip edge to this, which will sort out the bottom – but not straight away. (Far too much else to do before our first guests of the year arrive on Saturday.)

If you’ve never made a door and want to have a go (and it’s cheaper than buying one if you have a woodyard handy), the diagonal bit should always go towards the lower hinge. This braces the door and prevents it dropping if it feels so inclined. I know there’s at least one carpenter who reads this blog and Door Enthusiasts may find some Fascinating Door Facts in the comments section eventually. Joinery’s probably the next step but who knows when I’ll need a door that precise?

These doors are made from fresh-cut larch and seasoned chestnut, with hardware bought from down the road. They’re currently missing locking devices, but I’ve got some ideas…

Coming soon(ish), a little bit more of the huge amount we’ve been up to.