What’s the best wood for making external doors?

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I need to make some new doors for my wife’s glass studio, the previous owner of our house was a builder and I think he built the doors from scratch, because I have not been able to find anything similar. I am going to have a go at building some new doors. I reckon I can copy what’s there but am struggling to know what is the best wood to use and how I should treat it so that that they don’t warp in the winter. Also what size is best to use, the doors that are there currently are made from 80cm x 30cm and I can’t find anything similar. Can anyone help me?
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do you have a picture off the doors as we dont know the type or construction method :dunno:
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I have uploaded all the photos that I have, it looks a fairly rudimentary build, but you may be able to tell me otherwise?

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Much will depend on what tools you have available to you. These are fairly simple doors to make as they are not much more than a framed ledged and braced garden gate. Have a look at this video of a guy knocking up a gate to give you an idea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yGA2ofCFKk

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Rickers wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:00 am
it looks a fairly rudimentary build, but you may be able to tell me otherwise?
I think that's a very charitable description.
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Thanks for the info, I’ll let you know how I get on.
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On that video, the guy makes it more complicated than it needs to be in your situiation. You can make the frame using 50 X 50 screwing through the sides into the cross rails. I would use tongue and groove boards over the frame to face it which are better than feather edge boards for both finish and rigidity.

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general comments
for exterior txg cladding using softwood flooring or t&g cladding the top [end grain ]must be protected
the cladding should fully cover the horizontal timber behind and be the lowest point on the face[top to bottom ]
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It looks like you will need a new frame too. That's the bit you hang the doors on. If you don't need any glass/perspex in the doors, an easier build would be 18mm ply with a basic wood frame on the inside screwed to the ply. You could get the materials cut to size so you would only have to assemble the bits.
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Regardless of the doors, if that is mains wiring (looks like it) then it needs some urgent attention. No way would that comply with any electrical regulation since forever.
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I've just recently made some gates which are basically the same sort of thing. Timber wise i used off the shelf treated 4x2, 6x2 and matchboard. If you can i'd say use mortice and tenon joints for a stronger construction.
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