How to build wood shed doors

With the popular home improvement retailer Home Depot selling even the most inexpensive permanent storage sheds at nearly £195 apiece, purchasing new storage shed doors is not an appealing option when wear and tear renders older doors useless. Luckily, as long as you don't care what the storage shed looks like, you can build a simple, functional wooden shed door for cheap with just a few simple supplies and the right know-how.

Measure the shed's opening from the inside edges. Measure length and width; the depth of the door is not important.

Use a table saw to cut a piece of plywood that will fit the opening. If you want to have double doors, divide the width in half and cut two pieces of plywood. The thicker the plywood, the sturdier the door will be; however, the door will also be heavier and harder to open. Plywood between 1/2 and 3/4 inches thick works the best.

Paint the freshly cut plywood to help seal it from weather damage. Consult the paint can for the most accurate drying times. When dry, apply a second coat and wait for it to dry.

Screw a handle into the door about 3 inches from the edge of the door at an appropriate height for you to easily reach. For double doors, use one handle for each door.

Attach two sturdy hinges to the door frame; in the case of double doors, use four hinges total, two on each side. Your hinges should be about a foot from the ground and a foot from the ceiling.

Measure for the hinge positions on your plywood, marking the hinge positions 1 foot from the bottom and top. Drill pilot holes into the plywood.

Screw the doors into the hinges.

Drill a hole in the floor of your shed near the outside edge of your door, or drill two holes near the centre of the floor if you have double-doors. Insert a bolt or metal pin into the hole to prevent the door from swinging open; remove the pin when you want to open the door. If there is not a lip on the inside of the door frame to prevent the doors from swinging inward, also place a pin on the inside of the shed -- you can also use a large screw instead of a bolt, since this inside door stopper will not need to be removed for the shed doors to swing open.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Table saw
  • Plywood
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Handle
  • Hinges
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Bolts or large metal pins


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