Just finished an 80" wide entryway that includes a 36" door + sidelights. I
used Red Oak, and finished with Helmsman Spar Varnish (3 coats). The door is on
the Southern face of my house, but doesn't get direct sun, thanks to a 7 foot
porch roof. The book "Doormaking - A do it yourself guide" by John Birchard
gives a pretty good over-view of construction and installation techniques and
"gotcha's". All in all I'm happy with the outcome, and saved more than enough
to justify the new Milwuakee 3 1/2 hp router in my table. The old PC 690 just
wasn't up to cope and stick bits for 1 3/4" oak!.