Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Build an Entry Door


Build an Entry Door





An entry door allows us passage and invites us inside. Raphael and Matthew are the instructors for this six-day class. Come and collaborate on building a solid wood entry door.

As a Port Townsend School of Woodworking Alumni, Raphael brings a fresh perspective to the school. Combining his previous depth of knowledge of the trades, and more recently acquired skills in traditional hand tool woodworking, he assists students in a transition that is not unlike his own.

Matthew is a graduate of the Northwest School of Wooden Boat-building, receiving his Associate’s Degree in 2012. He began work at the Port Townsend school of woodworking in the winter of 2014, and quickly realized that “woodworking was not the only inheritance from my parents; I love teaching!”


Class Description

Join instructors Matthew Straughn-Morse and Raphael Berrios in this six-day course tackling the expansive topic of door construction. Students will be lead through the process step by step, from site considerations to technical drawings through to construction techniques to create a one of a kind, pre-hung door assembly. In this first of its kind class, students will work both independently and collectively to build a custom, solid wood entry door for one of our classrooms. Employing hand tool, hybrid and machine techniques, come and help make your mark on the school by building a door that is designed to stand the test of time.

We will start with an introduction and survey of door construction. Students will be exposed to the full gamut of door building techniques, through the use of visual aids, drawings and constructed examples. Next we will launch into the world of drawing, drafting and design. [Bring in your ideas, sketches, and plans for building your own door after the course. ]Through drafting exercises, students will be given the opportunity to produce a technical drawing with the benefit of instruction and critique from our knowledgeable faculty.

After the drafting exercises, we will work to produce full scale test joinery, primarily using hand tool methods. We will then begin to orient to our group project; building an entry door for one of our classrooms. Students will work collectively to grade and select members, dimension, mill and cut joinery on a pair of double entry doors. There will be many opportunities to simplify or complicate the construction by scaling the detailing. After the frames are glued up, we will construct a jamb and install hardware - the idea being that when the class is over, we will have created a “pre-hung” door assembly that is ready for install.

Required Tools

- Pens, pencils, drafting pencil, notepad

Although very few tools are actually required for this class, if you have any of the following, please feel free to bring them.

- Layout tools - squares, bevel gauge, marking gauges, marking knife, etc.
- Chisels
- Hand saws - cross-cut backsaw, tenon saw
- Bench planes - block, jack, smoother
- Specialty planes - shoulder, router, skew rabbet, moving fillister
- Mallet/hammers
- Any other tools you use and feel might be relevant


This is an intermediate level class. If you have taken any of our hand tool heaven or other beginner level hand tool classes, you are probably ready for this class.

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday.
This class takes place in Building #304 at Fort Worden on December 9-14, 2019. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $925
Materials Charge: $25 (possibly higher)
Register by: November 11, 2019

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.