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inthewoods 04-05-2013 01:55 AM

Door Frame Construction Question.
Hi yurters!

Any advice for great door plans? Building a wood door and door frame from scratch and having a hard time figuring out just how the walls connect to the wooden door area. Seems like a weird transition.

Any suggestions are welcome!

bss 04-05-2013 02:39 AM

Re: Door Frame Construction Question.
No pics right now, but I'll try and describe this as clearly as I can manage.

Assuming you're talking about building a door/frame like a traditional house has (though usually a little shorter unless you're building your yurt with "tall walls").

The door frame itself is what it is - a pretty standard 2x6 job except for the threshold which should extend out and follow the contour of the yurt's drip edge, overlapping by an inch or two so water doesn't collect between the threshold and yurt floor underneath. You'll also want to seal this union with some type of waterproofing silicone RTV or the like. Roof leaks aside, door sills are probably the most vulnerable place which could allow water to enter the yurt. Additionally, you will need to build some kind of 2x4 or 6 "wings" on either side of the door frame for your clamp boards. (more about that in a minute.) Toenail (actually screw as you might want to take this apart someday) the door frame down to the floor decking on the outside bottom corners of the frame so the screws are hidden from view when everything is assembled.

The ends of the lattice are typically bolted to L brackets affixed to the outsides of the door frame behind the "wings". Where the rivets or bolts go that hold the "X" parts of the lattice together, you would just use a bolt and wingnut through the hole instead. Depending on your yurt size and design, you should have 3-4 of these on each side.

On the outside of the yurt where the yurt covering meets the door frame, there will be maybe 6-8 inches of "extra" fabric. The outside facing part of the wings you built will have a 1/2 x 1/2" or so channel routed in them running the entire length of the face vertically. Wrap that extra yurt fabric around a 3/8" dowel of the same length and set it into the channel. You will have another 2x4 or 2x6 (finished with spar varnish or the like) "clamped" down against the dowel and canvas, secured with carriage bolts going thru to the inside and nuts on the back.

Roof fabric should run just over the front facing of the door header, diverting water and snow. Several different ways to secure this piece, just use your imagination here.

Does that all make sense?

Jafo 04-05-2013 07:59 AM

Re: Door Frame Construction Question.
I am not sure if you can see it on these pics or not from my album, but here is the door on the platform all by itself:


You can't see the bolts he is talking about on the wings because there is a little piece of trim board there I hadn't taken off yet.

Here it is with the lattice bolted to it:


You can also see how it overhangs the platform. If ou look close, you can see how it is bolted to the wings.

inthewoods 04-05-2013 03:46 PM

Re: Door Frame Construction Question.
Thanks guys, BSS and Jafo - this is awesome and helps a lot.
I would still love to see a pic of the L brackets/wings and see just how the clamped boards do their thing. Are they bolted through the fabric or are they just to the door side of the dowel of fabric? Do you also put "wings" on the inside of the door frame?

I really appreciate your help!

Jafo 04-05-2013 04:16 PM

Re: Door Frame Construction Question.
I am heading up to my yurt tomorrow and staying overnight, I will try to remember to grab a picture of it. :)

Jafo 04-07-2013 08:29 PM

Re: Door Frame Construction Question.
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OK, here is a small video that I hope explains it better for you. :)

inthewoods 04-09-2013 07:59 PM

Re: Door Frame Construction Question.
Great and thanks for the time and energy. Psyched to be building and I just may have more questions as I go.

Jafo 04-09-2013 09:25 PM

Re: Door Frame Construction Question.
Please upload pics/video if you get a chance and good luck! :)

inthewoods 04-10-2013 06:22 PM

Re: Door Frame Construction Question.
I will update with photos as we go. For now I am starting to put some photos here:

Yurt - a set on Flickr

Jafo 04-10-2013 06:33 PM

Re: Door Frame Construction Question.
Looking good! :)

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