Storage Shed- Back to Work #5

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Blog entry by Cato posted 09-05-2009 04:23 PM 5744 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a break from working on the shed, once I had it dried in with roof on, and coat of primer. But it needs some final finishing, and I have to regain the momentum I lost because of some out of town events I attended and then dealing with a TS recall and getting a replacement assembled.

Now I am getting back on track and it should be easier, now that the weather is out of the 90’s and into the low 80’s which makes it nicer to work.

This week I made a plank door and mounted it. It was not a perfect fit on first installing and had to dig out my electric planer to shave some off the latch side and top. This is a heavy door, and without the help of my neighbor lifting it in place would have been a hard task.

On the advice of a friend that had built one and experienced some racking, I put a piece of 1/2 exterior ply on as a backer and this should insure that it keeps its shape.

Once the hinges were on, it swings like it weighs 10 lbs. but having lifted it in place its weight is probably close to 60 lbs. or more, and final thickness is 2”.

So, today I will prime the door and the window trim, and install that when it dries. Also will start putting on the final coat of paint to the shed, and the wife will come back and paint the door and window trim another color to add a little contrast.

Once this is done then I will move on to building an access ramp.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 09-05-2009 05:13 PM

That is one solid door. Keep the momentum going!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 09-05-2009 07:07 PM

Looks like you just about have it whipped, the finishing touches are always the worst for me due to my lack of patience.

-- Rick, Illinois,

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#3 posted 09-06-2009 07:15 AM

looking good

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#4 posted 09-06-2009 07:29 AM

nicely done, how is the door put together? glue, nails, or screws?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 09-06-2009 01:41 PM

Thank you all for your positive comments. This has been harder and more work than I initially thought, but since I knew zip about really framing before I started, I have learned a lot. Which was the point.

In the end I will probably have about $2000 in the structure, and I maybe could have ordered a cheaper one, but I doubt it would have been built as strongly, and how could I have justified my new compressor, framing nailor, and table saw??

PurpLev- The door is 46”x 81” and made out of 1×8x8 white wood planks ripped to different widths. Trim is 1×4 SYP and all is literally sewed together by square drive screws. If I had not put the plywood backer on the inside, then I probably would have biscuit jointed the planks.

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#6 posted 09-06-2009 06:18 PM

Great looking shed and job!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 09-06-2009 07:07 PM

Nice work ! Does the door have a finish on it like varnish or what?Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 09-06-2009 09:11 PM

Alistair- no the picture is of the door before putting primer on it. Got a coat of primer paint on it yesterday and will put a finish coat of another color paint on next.

I had thought of an exterior stain to keep the wood look and grain, but that requires a lot more maintenance than paint, so paint it is.

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