3 Girls & A Woodworker #2: Shed Doors

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Blog entry by John_G posted 02-06-2011 09:35 PM 2833 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well i was given the task of creating new shed doors for my daughter cooperitive nursery school. There budget was “zero”, lol. SO i made it all out of scraps i had laying around from when i built my deck a few years back. And ofcourse being a fellow LJ i couldn’t just make plain old boring doors now could it……..

—This was the original door…..

—Here was all my rough stock, a ton of PT lumber laying around in the loft of my garage…..

—All my stock cut down to size for the rails and stiles

—Next was to route rabbits on all the pieces, the sides were standard the tops like this were extra deep… WHY you may ask….

—In order to cut arches in the top….and still have anough room for a sheet or plywood to sit in that rabbit….

—Time to add biscuts to all the corners…...

—Frame all put together….not to shabby lookin….the PT actually wasn’t all that bad to work with either. I was a bit nervous routing it and stuff with it being such a soft and wide grained…..

—After putting in the plywood back panel i decided to add a cross member as well….i think i was going for that “barn door” look at this time…

—Then i thought i’d make some letters for the school name to put at the bottom of the doors. The school, Irondequoit Cooperitive Nursery School or ICNS as it’s known…..

—Sand them up and clean up the cuts….

—And there we have it ICNS, i believe they were 3/4 sanded plywood, again from scraps i had laying around…..

—Once they were glued and nailed from behind to the doors it was time to get some paint on them. Thought i would recruit some help from the ICNS student (ie my daughter)....

—Here they are all painted up (and up-side-down).....

And heres the final shot, all hung. I decided to paint the letters a different color as well. It’s been a cpl years now and the doors are still doing great, i’m guessing they’ll outlive the shed….lol. This was a great project, a little something to leave my mark at a great school…....

-- John Gray

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 09:56 PM

Nice job! Cute helper! Reminds me of my little helper!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 12:21 AM

Great job, its so much fun working with kids.

-- Jeremy,

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 03:44 AM

It’s always nice to make it better than it was!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 07:19 AM

Those are really nice doors. I love that you took the extra time to “dress them up” with the arches and initials. That’s a real classy treatment for a mere shed. ;o)

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 07:39 PM

nice job.. great blog and wonderful assistant :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 02-08-2011 04:01 AM

First, let me say Welcome to Lumberjocks and apologize for the belated welcome. New members are coming on board to fast for me to keep up. lol
It is obvious that you are a Lumberjock with the great build on the doors. And a great dad, getting the girls involved. We have some, if not the best woodworking ladies on here, too; so your girls will fit right in.
BTW, your scrap lumber is prime where I live. lol Rand

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 04:04 AM

Well done! Great blog and great photos!

-- christopheralan

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