How to Build a Door Jamb from Scratch

Earlier this week I posted about the barn wood closet doors that I built and installed. When we remodeled our home we made the choice not to install closet doors – bad choice – if you are debating on open closets verses doors – go for the doors! After battling the open closet in my son’s room and losing the war, I decided to build those awesome closet door but first I had to build a jamb – so today I wanted to share with you how to build a door jamb from scratch!

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Here is the starting photo – and what I had to work with! You can see that it had nice round corners and drywall.

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The first thing I did was rip out all the drywall from the inside of the door and the corner bead.

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You need to expose the 2×4’s.

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As you can see, I didn’t even bother to clean out the closet, but things didn’t get too messy – I was careful and had these awesome new bags to use!

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These self-standing Gorilla bags were awesome for this project. They are thick enough to stand on their own and held all the drywall and corner bead I had without falling over or tearing.

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After everything was removed and cleaned up I started building the jamb. I used 3 1×6’s at 8 feet long and used my table saw to trim them down to 4.5 inches wide. Keep the little piece you cut off because you will use it later!

My door framing was twisted and awful and so instead of nailing the 1×6’s to the 2×4’s. I took my measurements and used my Ryobi pin nailer and wood glue to build the frame.

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When it was dry I inserted the frame into the opening.

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Then I got to work shimming it in and screwing it into place. I used three inch screws.

Note: When you screw your frame into the wall, try your best to drill the screws into the middle of the frame, then when you add the door stop you can cover them all up!

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For some reason, the only picture I have of the square is blurry but make sure your frame is completely square!

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Now you need the door stop. This is where the extra piece of the 1×6 comes into play! Mark your door where you want your door stop to go. I measured mine in the middle of the door and then (since the door stop was one inch thick) measured our half an inch and made my mark.

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I drew a line down the frame and used a level so it would be nice and straight.

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Then using my nail gun once again, I nailed the door stop into place.

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I marked where my hinges would go and using shims, reinforced behind the jamb so my screws would hold nice and tight.

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I also chiseled out my jamb for my hinges. If Spencer would have been home while I was doing this, he would have used his router before I even built the door and would have routed these out – but he wasn’t so I did it the good ole’ fashion way. The next time I build a door – I will wait for him!

Chiseling out door hinges is just plain crappy because it takes soooo long.

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Anyhoo – Here is how to chisel out a hinge.

Screw your hinge into the door, in place.
Use an utility knife and trace the hinge.
Take the hinge off.
Use your chisel and with the straight side on the outside, tap out the outline.
Tap out lines in between – it helps when you start to chisel.

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Then tap and chisel out the wood pieces.

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Do it over and over until you get the depth you need. When you have the depth you need (use your hinge to check) you can smooth it out a little bit.

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Add your trim… and chalk and putty and your done and ready for paint!

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Add your doors and you’re done!

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Besides chiseling – which is easy just time consuming – this is a simple project with a a HUGE impact!

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Barn Wood Closet Doors

Oh you guys!! I have such a fun project for you today! As you know I have been working on my boys room – but as I was almost done, I had an idea that just wouldn’t go away and one thing led to another and I decided that they needed closet doors – but since their room is rustic and fun regular ole’ closet doors just wouldn’t do – so I built barn wood closet doors and I am pretty much in la la love!

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I love the Tee hinges and the contrast of the gray rustic wood and the white trim.

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I also love the contrast of the wood with the bright colors in their room and all the colors of their toys and clothing in their closets.

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I used the same hardware pulls on the closet doors that I used for their dresser. I love the rustic look of them.

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Are you as in love as I am?

When we moved into our home we had to take out all the closet doors and remodel all the closets. We made the decision then to keep the closet doors off – but now I just want to hide all the junk! Okay… so not really junk more like their clothes and toys. Since we wanted open closets at first I had to build the doors from the ground up – including the new door jamb.

I’ll show you how to build a door jamb later this week, but for now let’s talk about barn doors!

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I used 1×6’s and 1×4’s at 8 feet – I was lucky and my closet was perfect for 4 1×6’s and two 1×4’s without having to cut anything down. I also cut 4 cross pieces for each door at 29 1/8” long.

If you do math you will have added up that I have an extra 1/8 on my cross piece. I spaced out my 1×6’s and 1×4’s to cover it.

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My closet measures just over 79” so I cut all my boards to my measurement and using a level, lined them all up. You want them as square as possible.

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I measured my door jam and hinges on each side and measured where they would hit on the door and tired to center my cross pieces on each side for the hinge.

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After I had my measurements and drew my line, I used gorilla glue to glue across the boards…

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Then pin nailed them into place. I put two nails in each board.

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Since I was using large hinges that aren’t really made for interior door frames, I had to cut out a little bit of the door to make room for the hinge. I set my circular saw to the correct depth and cut in on both sides… okay, okay… actually Spencer did it for me!

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Spencer is waaaayy better at math than I am so he also marked where my hinges should go! Here you can see how the hinge fits perfect in the piece we cut out.

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After my marks were made, I drilled little tiny pilot holes so I would have them marked after sanding and staining.

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When everything was marked on the front side, I flipped the door over and screwed the back cross braces on. I cut the back pieces to be a half and inch smaller than my door to create a clearance for the door jamb. I glued and screwed them in so they would be more secure and sturdy.

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I puttied and sanded and was ready for stain! To match their room and because it is my new favorite color, I used classic gray by Minwax.

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When everything was dry, I hung them up… and fell in love! I used a magnetic clasp to keep the doors closed and attached the pulls. I installed the pulls a little higher than normal for two reasons: I think they look better up a touch higher and I have a two year old!

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I love a room with a fun personality aspect and these totally do the trick! If you love them as much as I do, I would love if you would pin them!

Have a great Monday!

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