Door Horses

I’m building a number of doors for the beach house remodel, and I wanted to avoid the problem of not holding them solidly while I routed for the hinges. In the past, I’ve clamped them to my workbench or regular saw horses, but they still moved around a bit.
I looked online for door holders – most of them were too complex. They have clamp assemblies or wedges at the bottom, which seems to be overkill and too specialized. Here is an example:

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You can hold a door with that thing, but not much of anything else.
I decided to go a simpler route, making heavy duty T-shaped stands – door horses – and they work great.

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The bottom’s are 4×6 and the posts are 4×4. These were leftovers from the shop build that have been sitting in the corner for quite a while. They are joined with dado’s, glue and a few 4″ deck screws.
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Theses are fairly heavy and hold the doors really well. I could have just as easily make them from 2×4’s glued and screwed together. It would have taken three or four 2×4’s – about $10.

I hold the doors with clamps at the top and that’s plenty of support. If needed to, I could move them to the ends of the door and clamp the bottoms as well. I could also hold full sheets of plywood this way.

I thought about drilling holes so I could put dowels in to raise the door up, but I don’t think it’s needed. If I want the doors higher, I can cut a couple of blocks and clamp them to the posts.

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