Family Bathroom Door

We have been using a curtain in the doorway of the family bathroom since the interior was completed.

Bathroom Door Curtain
Bathroom Door Curtain

It provided enough privacy and it was adequate coverage for the building inspection. The plan was to install a rustic door in the opening. That was the project the day before we were expecting a short visit from my brother. There was a chance we would have guests using the bathroom and it seemed that having a door would be a good idea.

As usual though it took far longer for the project and I made several mistakes before the project was finished. I re-used a door frame from the original house. These frames are real wood and I found that the newer “wood” frames from the Home Depot are veneer instead. Since the original had cutouts for the hinges, I planed the hinge cutouts off the door and recut them.

New hinge cutout
New hinge cutout

I bought two hinge templates to make this job easier but I broke the Porter Cable almost immediately because the router bit I tried did not have a hub. And the Ryobi didn’t fit on the door because it is meant to hug the door about 2″ deep and the cross pieces didn’t allow for that.

Porter Cable Hinge Template
Porter Cable Hinge Template
Ryobi Hinge Template
Ryobi Hinge Template

I clamped the Porter Cable template together to hold it while I got the hinge outline routed and then discovered I had turned the template in the wrong direction. Therefore I had to cut the hinge section completely through the door edge.

New hinge cutout
New hinge cutout

Even worse I misplaced the lowest cutout. I cut it below the bottom mark. Which I found when I was attempting to hang the door.

I chopped the door to pieces putting in the new hinge cutout above the routed one. What a mess.

Wrong cutout marks
Wrong cutout marks

The door hit the top of the frame when I tried to close it. When I cut it down to fit the opening, my saw cut was crooked so I planed it with the new hand planer while the door was in place in the doorway.

New bathroom door
New bathroom door

I still have to fix an electrical switch that stopped working. And I’m working on a cover for the attic opening. So the ladder is still in the bathroom. Eventually it will get put away.

Inside bathroom
Inside bathroom

I will have to remove the whole door and redo the cutouts at some point and trim out the doorway but for now there is a bathroom door that closes.

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