Reader Project: DIY Custom Arched Entryway
For a couple of years, Mark Ziers had been contemplating what he should do to the front entrance of his courtyard. Since he already had existing archways in his home, Mark decided to build arched doors with biscuit joints and glue.
The Finished Archway
Mark created this beautiful entrance to his home with his newfound skills. “However, I was concerned with hanging a door outside in the elements until I came up with this stucco arch for protection. Over the course of a month, I worked on the arched entryway during my spare time. My wife had her concerns about my finish work on the stucco, so I decided to hire a professional to finish that portion of the project. The Family Handyman has always been an inspiration for me, as I am in a completely different profession and view this as my hobby.” — Mark. Click here to learn how you can build an arched entryway in your home.
Here is Mark’s step-by-step process for building the archway.
Building the Arch
Once I had the template, I was able to cut the parts from plywood and assemble the top section of the archway.
Framing the Sides
Next I framed up each side of the archway. I had to subtract the thickness of the material that will be skinned over so the framing would match the arch.
The archway has been assembled and is ready to prep for stucco.
Prep Work for Stucco
I wrapped the archway with roofing felt to make it weathertight, then covered it with metal netting.
The door is constructed of 2×6 redwood, with double biscuit joints every 12 inches and wood glue in between. The biscuit joiner was a great deal from Harbor Freight Tools. Plus: Check out these 20 other things DIYers should always buy at Harbor Freight.
The Completed Look
The door was stained and then sealed with two coats of finish. For the final touch, I installed a speakeasy I found on ebay.
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