Custom Wood Screen and Storm Door
The client did not want closers on these doors, for aesthetic
reasons, and also wanted us to use brass hardware. After a little research I came across a website called Van Dykes Restorers. On this site we spied solid brass self-closing, storm door hinges that operated with a 3/4″ spring.
I was excited at the option of being able to have these doors self-close, but as often happens in retrofitting projects we quickly figured out that these hinges wouldn’t fit: he door thickness projected past the door trim. In order for the hinges to work, the door and trim must be flush.
So, plan B meant using the solid brass butt hinges and re-using the old jamb mortises.
For the door knobset we went “old-school,” purchasing and installing a solid brass knob to lever screen door mortise latch set. This required us to use a Forstner drill bit and chisels to create an old-school mortise for the mortise lock and latch mechanism to fit into.
We also acquired solid brass slide bolts to install on the top and bottom of the stationary door to keep it locked in place.