While building the shed, we decided we wanted a pop of color for the door. And to tie in the cedar fence with the shed, we decided on using cedar. Now, this door was very simple to build, probably less than an hour of work times. But why don’t I stop talking and explain to you how to build a simple cedar door for a shed. Want to see how we build this shed, start at creating a blueprint.
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BUILD A SIMPLE CEDAR DOOR FOR A SHED
Something to note: The cedar boards will dry out in the sun (shrink). So let them sit in the sun for a couple of days before using, we didn’t do this and now our boards have a 1/4″ gap between the boards.
CREATE THE BASE
Because this door is made from pickets, it needs a solid wood base. We are using a piece of plywood for this (you probably cut this out if you added sheathing to the shed wall). Now, this base needs to be smaller than the door opening, 1/4″ on all sides.
So measure the door opening and subtract 1/2″. This is the size of your base plywood.
TIP: Measure at least two sides and take the smallest measurement.
Cut the plywood to the size you need. We used a circular saw attached to the Rip-Cut. Also cut the 6″ cedar boards to the same length, with either a miter saw or circular saw. You may have to cut one boards width so all the boards fit on the plywood.
Now that the boards are cut, it’s time to add them to the plywood. First, put some liquid nails on the back of one 6″ board. Then place onto the plywood (start at one edge) and adjust until the sides are equal.
Using the 3/4″ finishing nails, nail the 6″ board to the plywood. Continue this process until the plywood is completely covered with cedar boards.
Let these boards sit for 24 hours to let the liquid nails dry (this way boards are not moving around). Once the 24 hours are up it’s time to add the trim.
ADD THE TRIM
Now when you created the actual shed and was added the trim around the door, you left a 1″ gap. The trim on this door will sit on this gap.
To make sure you give the door the correct overlap, create a template from a scrap board. Mark a line on this board that is 1″ from an edge. This edge will then sit against the base (plywood and cedar boards) and the trim will extend to this line.
But before this can happen you need to cut the top and bottom trim piece. You will cut the width of the plywood piece plus 2″, cut this twice (top & bottom).
Then just like adding the cedar board to the plywood piece, apply some liquid nails to the top of the base.
TIP: Make sure the trim piece will cover the liquid nails.
Using the template, place the trim piece in place (all sides will fit this template because all sides have a 1″ overhang!). Take the 1.5″ finishing nails and nail only the part of the trim piece that sits on the base complete these steps for the bottom trim piece.
Once both top and bottom trim pieces are added its time to add the sides. Measure the distance between the top and bottom trim piece, cut a board to this size. Then install just like the top and bottom pieces. Do this for both sides.
You could stop here if you would like but we decided to add a little bit more trim. To do this, measure the distance between the sideboards (where you would like to add the board). Then cut the board and attach using liquid nails plus 1.5″ nails.
For the angled board, place a cedar board across the area (corner to corner). Then trace where the cut should be to fit the board. Then cut the board at the traced marks.
TIP: I would recommend cutting one at a time checking the fit between cut and adjusting if needed.
Attach this trim piece the same way as the last one, liquid nails and 1.5″ nails. Next, flip the door over, be careful with the edges. And at each corner and some places between, attach the 1.25″ screws (these are to help keep everything together).
TIP: It’s always a good idea to pre-drill the holes first to help prevent the wood from splitting.
FINISHING TOUCHES ON BUILDING THE DOOR
You do not need to finish cedar with a sealant but I would recommend it. So if you would like to apply stain and/or a water protector. We used Ready Seal in Natural Cedar which is a stain and waterproofer in one (same stuff we used on our fence). Let the door dry before continuing.
This next part is a two person job, installing the door. First, attach the hinges to the door (we liked the look of three plus it matches our back gate). Then with someone inside the shed, place the door in the opening. The person inside the shed will place the paint stirring sticks at the base of the door (between the door and the floor). This will give the door the gap it needs. Also check the other sides, placing a paint stirring stick if needed. Once everything has an equal or good gap (about 1/4″ but not less than 1/8″), the person on the outside (holding the door) will mark where the screw holes should go for the hinges on the shed.
Ideally, without moving the door, pre-drill a 1/8″ hole where you just marked. Then attach the screws (place at least 4). If you do have to move the door, you already marked the spot so place the door back on those marks.
Once the hinges are installed check to make sure the door swings and closes correctly, adjust if needed. Then install the latch and handle.
And that is how to build a simple cedar door for a shed. What do you think? I love how the wood looks again the blue/gray siding. But now we want to add a little window planter box next to it. Also, I want to paint the siding on the garage. Hope this helps you build your own shed.
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