Cedar garage door ---Champagne taste on a beer budget---

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Project by WoodLe posted 10-13-2011 01:57 AM 3648 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 9×8 garage door that I built from cedar fence pickets. The pickets were planed to 1/2 inch thick and rabbeted on the edges. They were glued to a 2×4 frame with PL375 construction adhesive. All the hardware and track were salvaged from the dumpster except for the springs and a few bolts. (I had to buy new springs for the correct weight of the finished door). Ornamental hinges and latches were made from scrap steel and hand forged. Also installed is a Genie automatic door opener. All said and done I think I have less in this door than a cheap steel door with no windows. Not counting my labor of course.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 02:20 AM

That is a very nice job.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#2 posted 10-13-2011 02:21 AM

Great door looks amazing!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 10-13-2011 02:28 AM

Well done mate. Beer budget projects are my cup of tea ;)

-- Dave -

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#4 posted 10-13-2011 02:42 AM

Wow. Great project! Looks good.

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 05:13 AM

Sweet! Beautiful doesn’t have to be expensive. Proves that.

I need to do pretty much the same thing on my garage. Love the windows and that trim detail.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 10-13-2011 05:37 AM

Beautiful work. Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 05:53 AM

Nice job, the attention to the extra details really makes this more than just a garage door.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#8 posted 10-13-2011 08:08 AM

I absolutely love it! Not only does it look great, but the bootstrap ingenuity is killer.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#9 posted 10-13-2011 03:54 PM

Looks like the door is part of a bigger plan? Integrates well into the whole building. A garage or shop? Did you allow for shrinkage? Lap joints, butt joints?

I used treated wood and built a large privacy fence. I liked how it aged in color and hue, but not shrinkage and warpage. Now staying away from treated when possible.

Yor building…Nice work, looks like a “big” piece of furniture.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 10-14-2011 06:34 AM

The door looks great! I will give you a little insight having spent the last 5 years building custom garage doors. You should put a diaphragm back on it to keep things from sagging and warping over time, I won’t build a door without one. The quick fix for you is to get a couple of 10ft. sheets of luan mahogany ply and skin the back. Cut it to the size of the section and cut it around all the hardware. Glue and staple it the frame. This will add years of life to your door. Normally, I would do this as the first part of building the door so the back has a nice clean smooth look to it.

-- Michael

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#11 posted 10-16-2011 06:49 AM

Skill and imagination plus economical thinking = great door.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 02-11-2012 03:04 PM

Looks great!

-- Rome wasn't built in a day..... it just looks that way!

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#13 posted 04-05-2012 10:09 PM

I am almost at the point of making my own garage doors.
I have to doors that need changing and not happy with what is available for the price being asked.
I’m interested in the expense of the construction.
If you don’t want to answer in here shoot me a PM or and email
also how much expense was the hardware?

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