To better illuminate a dark room or corridor, instead of a glass door, you can put glass in an old door. By design features, paneled doors are not suitable for such restructuring, and it is easy to glaze a panel door. Success depends on accuracy. For hallways, kitchens and living rooms, a glass sheet inserted 60 mm below the upper edge of the door and missing 400 mm to its lower edge is suitable. For a bathroom and toilet, a sheet of frosted glass is convenient, which is placed at a distance of 400 mm from the lower edge of the door.
In order for the door to retain its mechanical properties, the glass sheet should not reach about 160 mm to the edges of the door. Conventional glass sheets are used for small windows. For long panels where the glass is easy to break, reinforced or laminated glass is used. The wooden slats that attach the glass to the door are sold flat and with a selected quarter. The apron on the strip with the selected quarter will mask the uneven edges of the door window. To correctly calculate the width of the strip, you need to subtract the thickness of the glass from the thickness of the door and take a small tolerance for the glass tape or a strip of porous rubber. The resulting size is halved.
1. Marking the opening. Put the doors on the trestles. Using a square or two squares of wood, knocked down at right angles as guides, draw a line across the door at the desired distance from the top edge. Measure the desired height and draw a line parallel to the first. To calculate the distance from the edges of the door to the edges of the opening, determine the width of the opening, subtract the width of the door from it and divide by two. Make sure this distance is at least 160 mm. Then, using a square or homemade right angle, draw lines on the front of the door that correspond to the sides of the opening.
2. How to cut a hole in the door. In the corners of the opening, drill through holes with an electric drill. Do not press hard on the drill bit to avoid splitting the door. Turn the door over and draw the outline of the opening on the opposite side. Cover the outline with duct tape so that the edges do not crumble or split when using the saw. Turn the door over again and insert the jigsaw file into the hole drilled in the corner. To support the jigsaw stopper, place a rectangular block along the cutting line and press it against the door with clamps. Place wooden blocks underneath them to avoid damaging the door. Turn on the jigsaw and slide it along a line along the block. Do the same with the other parties.
3. How to strengthen the edges of the opening. Using a chisel, select the porous filling of the door at least 50 mm from the edge of the opening inward. Cut four slabs to size for the opening, the same thickness as the fill thickness, and insert in place of the removed fill. Fasten these bars with PVA glue or nail in rebated strips.
4. How to fix the planks. Using a saw and a saw box, cut four miter strips with the selected rebate to insert them into the opening. Reinforce the strips inside the opening with PVA glue or screws. For screws, first drill holes at 150mm intervals, then screw the strips in with # 8 30mm screws and cover or sink them in.
5. How to insert glass. Put the door back in place, remove the adhesive tape. Cut a sheet of glass to size. Armored or laminated glass must be cut by the supplier. Place strips of foam rubber inside the slats or glass tape at the ends of the glass and insert the glass into the opening. Connect the four reinforcement strips in a mustache to secure the glass. Lay with a rubber strip and fasten the strips on top.