So the other day my uncle was asking me if I was interested in building an exterior door to replace this one, apparently the tenants dog is part beaver.
It doesn’t seem like it should be too crazy hard but I’m wondering if I’m missing something, especially on the weatherproofing/long term durability.
I haven’t thought through this is in too much detail but I figure I’ll trace the existing door onto a piece of plywood so I have a template, tear the existing door apart to get the glass unit out, build the new door out of 4 pieces of solid wood (maple?) with dadoes for the glass all joined together with tenons (maybe an excuse to finally get a domino?!). When I assemble it set the glass in a thick bead of Quad Max inside the dado and then a little bead of Quad Max on the outside where the wood meets the glass (the exterior is painted, the interior is stained) then just make sure to prime the top and bottom really good and put a sweep on the bottom. From the rough numbers he tossed out I know he knows it won’t be cheap but I think I can do it for a little less than it would cost to order a new door. There is a small porch providing some shelter to the door. What say the experts? Solid plan or am I biting off more than I realize here?