My Very First Project - Shed Door

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Project by Steve Kreins posted 12-26-2013 10:07 PM 1490 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Remember, I am just starting and I’ve NEVER done any kind of woodworking. The door on our storage shed was totally rotten and falling apart. I thought about repairing it, but that was a bad idea. I used treated lumber with a treated particle board cover. I used a simple slide latch that can be locked. The photography makes it look slanted, but trust me it’s square. The door fits perfect. Total cost was under $15 since I did find some scrap. I sealed the exterior with a stain / sealer that I had. I did some bracing of the roof and interior walls using scrap. I now have a shed that will outlast me.

I can now get everything out of my man-cave so I can build my shop. I’m so happy!
This project helped me learn how to use my new compound miter saw and a few other things I had never done. It will be interesting to see how my projects improve with time and hep from my new friends at LumberJocks!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#1 posted 12-26-2013 10:13 PM

Very nice lopoking

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#2 posted 12-26-2013 10:30 PM

Nice door, Steve, what brand is your saw- if you don’t mind me asking?.............Wes

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#3 posted 12-26-2013 10:33 PM

You have entered the twilight zone! It looks good! Best of luck and have fun!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#4 posted 12-26-2013 10:34 PM

Looks like you did a fine job, Steve.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#5 posted 12-26-2013 10:55 PM

nice job. best way to learn this trade is practice practice practice. Nothing quite like the satisfaction of taking a pile of lumber and creating something useful out of it, rather than paying someone else to do it for you.

-- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. - Harry S. Truman

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#6 posted 12-27-2013 01:46 AM

There’s no going back now!


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#7 posted 12-27-2013 03:23 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

Once you start down this path, there is no turning back. Nice job on this. If I may make a suggestion, put the other cross piece on the back as well. It will make it stronger.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-27-2013 04:40 AM

Welcome. Every level of woodworker learns something here.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 12-27-2013 09:34 AM

When you see the glow of admiration in your wife’s eyes from this project wait till you do the next thing, and the next, etc,. etc,.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 12-27-2013 12:33 PM

Great first project. These kind of projects teach basic skills and end up being useful. You’ll think on it every time you go to the shed. Got a second project in mind yet?

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#11 posted 12-27-2013 02:37 PM

Welcome to your new hobby. There are times when I get frustrated with a project and think it is the last one I ever want to do….then when I do finally get it I can’t wait to start another one. Two recommendations…be safe and don’t be afraid to try new technics; two things I have to constantly remind myself of as well. Keep the pictures coming.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#12 posted 12-27-2013 04:45 PM

Steve, welcome to LJ. Always exciting to see something built from your own hands isn’t it? FYI – the particle board is going to fall apart from the edges and delaminate from moisture getting between the layers. Make doubly sure you sealed those edges or you will be replacing it before you know it. Your weakest structural point is the top corner of hinge side. You have a really challenging shape because of how wide the opening is and it wants to pull from that top corner. Keep an eye out on that connection and you may need to tighten down your screws or add more or maybe even add a plywood triangular gusset on the top inside corner to tie it all together from the back as well as the front with the particle board. It looks like a 4 foot by 4 foot eight inch opening yes?
Hope you don’t mind the comments. You are off to a great start and we all look forward to see more things.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#13 posted 12-27-2013 11:01 PM

Well Done!!! You have constructed and successfully been able to swing a door!!!!! Not an easy task, but you did it and did it well. You can be very proud of your efforts and will go on to lots more projects.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#14 posted 12-27-2013 11:19 PM

danoaz, Thanks for the tip about the particle board. I did put a silicone seal all the way around, but I’ll add some metal flashing I just found in a dumpster. ;)

Thanks to all of you for your comments, I just built a scroll saw stand, pic to follow and I just drew you plans for a book shelf type structure to hold my power and hand tools to give me max floor space.

This woodworking IS addictive!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#15 posted 12-27-2013 11:23 PM

Looks good.

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