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North American Door

North American Door
Hardware
Design
Frame

North American-style wood doors traditionally range in size from 1 3/8''-1 3/4" for interior doors, and 2" to 2 1/4" for exterior doors. Their design could include profiled stiles and rails with an ogee or slant profile, or a more square look that could include radiused corners. Often, they have a central panel that could be raised to match the profile design, or a glass pane or lite. North American doors can be made with tenon joinery, (whether open or blind tenons), or can incorporate dowels or domino joints.

To learn about tool set-ups to build this style of door, check out the video guide below:

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Hardware
Design
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North American Door

Hardware

Hardware refers to all the metal components of a window or door. We're always say "design begins with the hardware" because the design and functionality of a window depends on the hardware choices (and thus, the style) that's build. The overall design of the end product is closely linked to the hardware decisions made in the initial design. Think about the different mechanical attributes of a window- how it opens and closes, how and where it locks- these are all dependent on hardware.

Each door style- whether a North American, Lift-and-Slide, European, or any other style- has its own hardware systems, including locks, handles, hinges and other limiting mechanisms to control movements.

Weight bearing capacity, durability, security and other ratings are important factors in choosing especially for larger, heavier door designs. Hardware also should have acceptable water penetration and air tightness testing results for particular applications.

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