Picture of Castle Door
We used to have this really terrible, tiny bathroom in the middle of what could be a really fantastic large room if it was removed!  But that's another story for another time.  It had this wide but small window close to the ceiling and as it didn't let in enough sunlight it was decided to enlarge the hole down to the floor.  This left a gaping hole in the wall to our courtyard - 2.1 metres by 1.5 metres - which meant we couldn't buy an 'off the shelf' door.  So long story short here is the progression of the CASTLE DOOR! (Mysterious music plays).


5 Thick (5cm) planks to fit your door frame
Wood glue (lots)
Mullioned Windows
Nails to nail in trim
Screws for hinges
4 Large brass hinges
2 Brass Elephant door handles (or other)
1 Door lock with key (preferably brass)
Black gloss paint
A good primer


Circular saw
Belt sander
Philips Screwdriver
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Step 1: Hole in the wall with door frame added

Picture of Hole in the wall with door frame added

Step 2: Glue together 5 large pieces of wood

Picture of Glue together 5 large pieces of wood
The wood were some large planks (3 metres tall by 5 centimetres thick) of pine bought from a timber yard at an horrendous price!  These were well glued together with wood glue, clamped and left for a couple of days to dry properly.  The planks were sanded with a belt sander to make them smooth and so that you wouldn't see where the seams were.

Cut in the door lock and check position on door frame and cut hole for lock in door frame.

Then out came the circular saw.  I measured the door frame to make sure that when I cut this wood to size it would fit, as they say measure twice cut once!

Well you guessed it, it fit like a glove.  Being such a large door, and heavy I used 4 large brass hinges to secure it to the door frame.  Remember to chisel out the wood for the hinges in the door frame as well as the door.
jthomson30004 months ago

Nice information.

bricabracwizard (author)  jthomson30003 months ago

Thank you!

parisjea1 year ago

Gorgeous work!

bricabracwizard (author)  parisjea1 year ago
Thank you, much appreciated.
tinker2343 years ago
i love the look of the door iw as wondering if i could amke a satined glass door for my front porch with the organial dooor at the end of a hall guess i can
bricabracwizard (author)  tinker2343 years ago
My internal doors which are only mdf with honeycomb card separating the mdf I converted to Gothic looking doors by cutting a rectangular hole in each and inserting a stained glass panel and then painting the doors black with oil paint and finishing off the paint with a wood texture which makes them look like they're made of solid wood. The only thing to be careful of with a front door is to make sure they are very secure for security's sake!
if you go to youtube look up nautelaius door i want to make soem thing like it for my
bricabracwizard (author)  tinker2343 years ago
WOW! Go for it and make sure you send us an instructable!
ok thnaks i think sheet metal on the outside and inside made out of mbf
im37333 years ago
I read "castle door" and immediately thought "portcullis". While not a portcullis, its still a great 'ible, looks great. Good job!
bricabracwizard (author)  im37333 years ago
I was going to call this 'gothic door', but I made a door which is much more gothic than this. Thanks for the compliments!
canucksgirl3 years ago
Simply gorgeous. The Mullion windows are great. Love this. :D
bricabracwizard (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
I think it might be due to the fact that the windows were turned sideways, thank you anyway!