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Debora Cadene

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07-19-2015 11:45 AM

Hey all. Not sure where to put this, so for now…its here. I need to build 2 doors for my coop. One man door and one to go into the henhouse. I am going to do them using 2×4’s and want them to be simple..BUT, i seem to not be getting anywhere, as I am stressing about hinge placement and spacing.
I don’t know how much space is supposed to be between the door and the frame. I have read that you can put pieces of board along the inside edge of the frame and build your door in place, but i’m stuck. and the hinges..again i’m keeping it simple, but do you hide them, can they be on the outside, or inside And outside the door….

I have been searching for a good tutorial on how to install them, and spacing and all i find are posts on replacing existing doors.

I”m sure this is written to confuse you…but I’d like to get two doors done, and i’m stuck.

please help.

oh, and i’ll post a picture of my coop so far in a bit.

thanks bunches,

debbie.


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#1 posted 07-19-2015 11:55 AM

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#2 posted 07-19-2015 12:45 PM

Build one (perhaps the smaller one) and see how it looks. Just do it, the worst that will happen is that you have to throw it in the burn pile.

I recently built doors for my garden shed. I left half an inch all the way around as a gap, that was too much. I put my hinges on the very top and very bottom. Seems to work.

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#3 posted 07-19-2015 12:53 PM

It’s a chicken coop. Just put the door in the frame shim around it to get it spaced some what evenly and use butt hinges.

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#4 posted 07-19-2015 01:02 PM

I realize its just a chicken coop,but its also my first big build and a learning experience at the same time, so I’d really like to learn how to install a door and hinges correctly.

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#5 posted 07-19-2015 01:06 PM

I ‘d put the hinges on the outside. Door swing out. You can get into coop without disturbing chickens .
I would use the spring loaded self closing hinge. (Made for older screen doors)
Mount them between 12” & 16” from top and bottom and one in middle.

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#6 posted 07-19-2015 01:09 PM

Look at the panel that’s directly to the right of the doorway.

Now, build a duplicate of that, but small enough to fit inside the doorframe with +/- 1/2” all the way around.
Stand it in the opening, using shims under it to raise it off the frame a bit. Anything will work, even a couple screwdrivers. Now mount 3” hinges on the right side. Just open the hinge and screw one side to the door and the other side to the frame to it’s right. Put the top hinge about 10” down from the top and the bottom hinge about 12” up from the bottom. Yes, you will see the hinges, but you can paint them to match.

A simple gate latch will work on the left side to keep it secured.

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#7 posted 07-19-2015 01:24 PM



I realize its just a chicken coop,but its also my first big build and a learning experience at the same time, so I d really like to learn how to install a door and hinges correctly.

- Debora Cadene

Ok, I was typing when you were posting this. If you really want to mortise in the hinges, go by Lowes or HD (or whatever big box store is near you) and talk to the guys who sell the custom doors. They should be able to help you with some basic instructions.

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#8 posted 07-19-2015 02:14 PM

My, my that’s a magnificent build and finish. It deserves your learning curve for the doors and hinges. I won’t even try to add my suggestions as I’m certainly not a trained carpenter. But, want to just praise your diligent work to this point.

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#9 posted 07-19-2015 03:12 PM

Debora, you have done a really nice job on your chicken coop. My hat’s off to you. Your first big build is a winner.

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#10 posted 07-19-2015 03:25 PM

These are the hinges I’m wanting to use. I just want to surface mount it, with no chiseling of the wood to inset it. I “think” there is a side that goes to the door and a side that is for the frame. I’m going to say the left side goes to the frame. I don’t care if the whole thing is on the outside, or on the inside with just the middle sticking up…or part of it on the inside and part out.
I think it would be easier to put it onto the door first, then to the frame, but I’m not sure how to get it onto the door correctly, so there is no binding. I DID ask the counter person for some help, and to be honest, it baffles me on some of the replies. I’ve been looking on line for any visual help I could find, as that works best for me, but I am truely not finding anything, or else I’m just not typing it in correctly. AND there are no stupid instructions on the package.

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#11 posted 07-19-2015 04:34 PM

That is a very cool chicken coop. Nice job…

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#12 posted 07-19-2015 05:45 PM

2X4 and 1X8 siding boards will produce a heavy, what 3X5’ door, maybe you want to rip the KD 2X stock to 2X2 1/2” to lighten the load and likewise use 1/2” ply for the panel. If adamant and will only use the 1×8 I’d “x” the center of the door frame to prevent and or minimize sag and out of square.

You can build the door frame with a 1/8” reveal, (space between the doors frame and structures door R/O). Once you have the door frame built set someone inside the coop to set the spacers and center (Ø) the door. Once the door is (Ø) flush it to the exterior structure siding, when done mark the inside for stops, (trim mat to abut the door frame when closed) once set you can then prep for marking and setting hinges and locks.

Know this the tolerance of the door frame to structures door R/O is tight and like any entry door the lock side of the door must be tapered to prevent contact with the R/O when opening and closing. It’s been some time since I built a door, but if I remember correctly the taper should be about 7 to 8° from the outside of the door frame to the inside. The heavier the door is the more and HD the hinges must be to support the weight.

I would also insulate the interior and ensure the coop has a clear south facing view and something to block the north side from biting winter winds if you intend on keeping the chickens for eggs and or breeding purposes.

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#13 posted 07-19-2015 05:54 PM

I’ll let the other coach you on your doors and hinges. I just want to say you’ve done a great job on your coop so far.

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#14 posted 07-19-2015 07:44 PM

Thank you all for the compliments on the coop. :) I’m pretty proud of it so far!!
Ghidrah…
so the measurements for the small door are 30 3/8 wide x 38 3/8 tall. ( the man door is 32 3.9 x aprox. 76” ) The boards that I was using for the coop are tongue and groove and are the smaller ones…5 1/2”, but probably only 5” of the face is visible. Not sure if that matters. I just happen to have a new table saw, so its easy enough to rip a 2×4 in half, but I’m not sure if you’re saying it should be 2×2 1/2 or 2×2??? then I can rabbet ( or groove it out, ) the back so the boards will fit in. I was thinking it would look nice with the same type of wood, but having said that…I am not totally against using 1/2” plywood. As for the lock side of the door…you are saying to give that a slight angle?
The coop faces due south, and at this time, I will not be keeping chickens during the winter. My neighbor has said she would keep them over the winter once I do finally get some., but fully plan to insulate, if that changes as well as making up some “winter” panels that will fit over the screens for wind and snow block.

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#15 posted 07-19-2015 08:17 PM

Here is one suggestion for a very simple shed style gate/door. You can rip your 2×4 to 2×3 or 2×2 and then build the perimeter first, make the perimeter 3/4” less than your bottom to top measurement and your left to right measurement. hopefully your jamb and header are plumb and level, but if not you can get tricky. Then put the hinges on and place the door frame in the opening on top of shims. Attach your hinges and check for fit. If it’s too big or too small, your only out 4 pieces of wood. if too big, simply disassemble and make smaller as needed. Then you can add the remainder of the pieces as backing for your siding, and then mount the hinges on the exterior face of the door and face of coop. If you build it this way, and add siding, I would mount three hinges to prevent any sagging. Anyway, I’m not exactly sure if you are only stuck on how to mount the hinges or how to get started on the door, but hopefully this helps if this is the style you are looking for. Great looking coop BTW.

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