How to Build a Wood Wedge Door Stop

A wood wedge door stop performs the basic function of holding open a door. This is accomplished by forcing the wedge between the door and the floor, usually with a foot. A wooden door stop is less likely to damage or scratch a wooden door then a metal door stop of the same shape. Making your own door stop is useful particularly in situations where the clearance between the door and the floor is unusual or the heavy door requires additional stoppage.

The door stop utilizes the basic machine principle of the wedge.

Step 1

Position a 1-by-1-by-5-inch wood block on your work surface.  Use the ruler to draw a diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner.

Step 2

Place the wood block in the vise or within a miter box, and use the saw to cut the block in half along the line, creating two wood wedge door stops. 

Step 3

Sand each surface of the wood block with medium grit sandpaper, paying particular attention to the edges and corners.  Continue to sand until the edges and corners feel smooth.

Step 4

Position one of the wedges with its largest surface, or hypotenuse, on top of a sheet of felt.  Slice around the edge of the wedge with a utility knife. Repeat for the other wedge with another piece of felt. 

Step 5

Apply glue to the wood wedge on the largest hypotenuse side.  Press the felt against the wood wedge and allow the glue to dry for three hours, resting the wedge on a wooden side and not the felt side to prevent the glue from soaking through and sticking to the ground. Repeat for the other wedge and felt piece. 

Things You Will Need

  • Wood block, 1-by-1-by-5-inches
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Vise or miter box
  • Sandpaper
  • Felt
  • Utility knife
  • Glue


  • Carve the wood wedge on the small surface and the sides for a decorative appearance, but do not carve on the largest surfaces because these surfaces will experience eventual damage from the door.
  • Paint or stain the door stop to match wood floors. Use five or more coats of sealant if possible to prevent the contact with the door from rubbing off the paint.
  • Door stops made of hard and heavy wood will stand up better under the forces of the door pressing against it.

About the Author

Nat Fondell has been writing professionally since 2006. A former editor of the "North Park University Press," his work has appeared at scientific conferences and online, covering health, business and home repair. Fondell holds dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in journalism and history from North Park University and received pre-medical certification at Dominican University.

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