Best wood for a door "bar"

Old 03-01-2021, 06:00 PM
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Default Best wood for a door "bar"

In a rear of the house sunroom where somone would break in, , I have a door bar set up, using

any suggestions on what wood to use to make it look "nicer"?? rough 2x4 in it now. door is not used much. would be stained , not painted can you buy a metal 2x4?

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Trex or one of the man made composite 2x4's .
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2×4 aluminum tubing.
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Laminate strips of birch ply then finish the edges with a veneer.
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You could get a piece of 1 3/4 x 3 3/4 Rectangular steel tube and paint wood grain on it.
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Why not put in a stronger door and an alarm?
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Why not put in a stronger door and an alarm?
At my shop years ago we had a commercial steel door with deadbolt. Thieves peeled it open like a tin can until the deadbolt popped out. We put two sets of the above brackets with a steel tube in each one after that. They never tried again, but my guess is that they would not have been successful. Their next move was to drive through our overhead door with a stolen truck. Then after that they cut though the ceiling. lol.
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they will just go though a window if they cannot get through the door.

what are you screwing those metal pieces into?
hopefully you hit the 2X4 studs around the door frame
just like with a dead bolt lock the door jam may not hold when someone kicks hard enough
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straight grained hickory
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Maybe a thick piece of reclaimed barn wood? Something with some opened up grain? Give it a kind of 'old castle' look.
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I would use any type of wood you like. Then I would just drill it out and put a pipe or solid stock steel inside it, with 2 part epoxy. Then finish to your taste.

Edit: I will add my doors all swing out, you arent kicking them in.

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2x2 square tube would work fine. No way they'd bend it.

I was broken into not that many years ago. The bad guys basically kicked in the front door. There was so little wood on the casing, they ripped out the wood where the dead bolt was plus where the door handle latch was. I ended up putting in a piece of 'L' aluminum from the top of the door frame all the way to the bottom. One side was where the dead bolt and the handle would pass through to lock the door, the other on the inside of the frame as it covered the ripped out wood. I cut openings in the aluminum for both the deadbolt and the door handle latch. Then I put a 2" wood screw into the door and framing every three inches or so from the top to the bottom,, this was on the flat side where the dead bolt and door latch holes are. I don't think anyone would be getting though that as they'd have to rip out 1 1/2 of wood front the top to the bottom of door frame.

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