DIY door for a canned ham?

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DIY door for a canned ham?

Postby MatthewWorks » Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:24 pm

While I've seen DIY doors for teardrops, a taller door for a canned ham makes me worry about warping, etc. That said, I still really sort of want a better shaped door than the standard RV door.
Anyone built their doors? Wondering if I should weld a frame, insulate and skin... or am I just adding more nightmares to my complicated project?

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While I might not be able to do the windows I wanted in the original pic above (The idea for those windows coming from http://www.vintagecampers.com/parts.php?category=Body%20Parts&sub=Windows -- I think that's adding too much trouble. Dang it.), it still would be nice to have the curve on the door. Might be bloody foolish, though.

Any thoughts?
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Re: DIY door for a canned ham?

Postby Andrew Herrick » Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:28 am

Hey MatthewWorks! I've never built a door as large as you describe, but I'm thinking back to the cabinets I've inspected ... and pretty much every 3/4-inch plywood door over 36" in height seems to be warped!

For what it's worth, I like the idea of welding a frame, insulating the core and skinning it. That's how the manufacturers build 'em. Judging from my own door-building experience (which was somewhat dismal, I'm afraid) and other stories, I'd say you're in for another $300 and 40+ hours of work :twisted:

If you don't mind me saying, though, there are lots of radiused or domed RV doors that are close to the size you're looking for. Challenger Doors seems to be a good source. If you can stand the shape of a standard door, maybe you could paint it or skin it to your liking? :thinking:
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Re: DIY door for a canned ham?

Postby MatthewWorks » Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:59 am

Andrew Herrick wrote:...I'd say you're in for another $300 and 40+ hours of work :twisted:

If you don't mind me saying, though, there are lots of radiused or domed RV doors that are close to the size you're looking for. Challenger Doors seems to be a good source. If you can stand the shape of a standard door, maybe you could paint it or skin it to your liking? :thinking:


...yeah, kinda my thought too, although I hate to admit it to myself. I think I could likely buy something surplus for less, and re-skin it. I admit, I want it on the road sooner rather than later... and can always go back into it during a slow time to get a bit fancier.

(I do wonder about buying an rv door, cutting it down slightly to obtain the shape I want, reinforcing it where I've made changes... hmmmm. But then I'd have to do that to a screen door too... )

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Re: DIY door for a canned ham?

Postby sheeres » Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:11 am

MatthewWorks wrote:
Andrew Herrick wrote:...I'd say you're in for another $300 and 40+ hours of work :twisted:

If you don't mind me saying, though, there are lots of radiused or domed RV doors that are close to the size you're looking for. Challenger Doors seems to be a good source. If you can stand the shape of a standard door, maybe you could paint it or skin it to your liking? :thinking:


...yeah, kinda my thought too, although I hate to admit it to myself. I think I could likely buy something surplus for less, and re-skin it. I admit, I want it on the road sooner rather than later... and can always go back into it during a slow time to get a bit fancier.

(I do wonder about buying an rv door, cutting it down slightly to obtain the shape I want, reinforcing it where I've made changes... hmmmm. But then I'd have to do that to a screen door too... )

I'm kind of my own worst enemy...


This what I am doing. Got a door, screen door, frame and all for $20. I also happen to live close to the RV building capital of the world in lower Michigan/ upper Indiana.

Cutting the door down was easy, just measure 5 times and cut and reglue once. The frame has more than one cut, but looks easy enough to do with a hacksaw. I have only looked once at the screen door so I cannot gauge how difficult it will be to cut down.

My issue is going to be getting a good paint job on the door to match the canvas I am in the process of painting.
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