My company installs aluminum storm doors, but we also offer a more traditional alternative: fabricating and installing custom storm doors out of rot-resistant wood such as white oak or mahogany. A wooden storm door can add character to a newer home or restore character to a home that may originally have had a wooden door. Doors can be simple frames with rectangular screen panels, or they can have decorative grilles.

I made this door out of rift-sawn and quarter-sawn white oak, a strong, stable, and decay-resistant wood that's perfect for a door exposed to the weather. It also takes a finish well. I rough-cut the lengths I needed for the stiles and rails from rough-sawn stock and milled the stock down to a full inch thick. As I milled the lumber, I chose the...

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