How to Make a DIY Interior Dutch Door

Keep an eye on kids or pets by giving an existing interior door a split-level update.

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Sand Cut Edges

Use orbital sander to smooth out the rough edges made by the circular saw.

Cut Bottom Panel Ledge

Create a ledge along the top of the bottom panel from the 6’ long 1X6” plank. First, cut the width of the plank down approximately 1", slimming it down to a more practical width for opening and closing the door with ease. Next, measure, mark and cut ledge, mitering two corners at a 45 degree angle.

Tip: The angled cuts along the edges will keep the ledge from interfering with the opening and closing of the door.

Attach Ledge to Bottom Panel

Add wood glue along the top edge of the bottom panel. Next, use nail gun and brads or nails to secure the ledge into place. Once secure, use orbital sander to smooth out all surfaces of the door. Wipe away dust with damp cloth, then paint using brush or roller. Let dry completely before installing.

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