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Question by younglady215: How do i make shoji screen doors?
I am getting thin wood to make the frame but how should i secure the material since staples would be to big? I am not making the frame as intricate as some so I don’t think that glue would be enough. Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by woodbutcher
You need to define “thin wood” as that is a bit vague. However, generally speaking, most frames are made of 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick wood.

The easiest way to make the frame is to use half-lap joints at the corners with glue and brads or screws. Depending on the size and weight of the frames, you can use no-mortise hinges which makes hinging them together easier.

Good luck.

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    • Rockler
    • May 20, 2013

    Assuming you’re using rice paper in the openings, you’ll have to figure out how to integrate the paper into the frame.

    One interesting method is to make a “sandwich.” Build one thin frame using ordinary construction staples across the joint. Strength isn’t an issue at this point, just as long as it holds together. Then, glue a full sheet of paper over that frame. Finally, nail a second frame onto the back with wood glue. You could use this method with solid wood, overlapping the joints at the corners to create what are essentially half-lap joints (recently rated by Fine Woodworking magazine as one of the strongest joints in wood).

    Another slightly easier option using the same method is to use thin plywood for one half of the sandwich. Here’s an interesting link detailing how that would work:

    If your material is 5/8″ to 3/4″ thick you could always use dowels and a doweling jig. They are easy to use, and would provide adequate strength, since the door would be relatively light-weight. Here’s a link to one of our top-rated doweling jigs:

    And also a very simple and affordable option. This one would only work for 3/4″ material:

    Hope this helps and happy woodworking!

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