|Forum topic by NickB||posted 10-31-2013 05:49 PM||1518 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
10-31-2013 05:49 PM
I have a large shed in my back yard that needs some doors installed before the snow flies. The opening is 6’ wide x 80” high. I’d like them to be simple, swing out barn doors. They’ll be painted to match.
I think it will make sense to have a larger and smaller door. Most of the time, the larger one will remain latched and just the smaller door will operate as a man door. I’m thinking 30” and 42”. Any thoughts on 30” and 42” sizing? How about on the location of the center vertical rail? Is there a standard?
I’m contemplating using common dimensional pine lumber 2×6’s for the frames. I know I’ll have to mill it straight, and fill defects before painting. I am a bit concerned with how it will hold up, but I don’t want to invest a whole lot of money into these. I figured some decent plywood for the panels, painted and caulked at the edges. Any thoughts on plywood & 2×6 construction? What kind of ply would you recommend?
My plan is to use blind M&T to join the horizontal boards to the verticals. And rout a groove in the frame for the plywood panel. Basically allow the panel to float and just seal it up with caulking. I guess I would be gluing up the frame around the panels. I’ve never tried anything like this before. Does this method make sense?
I’m struggling with the joinery. The picture below is my initial idea for the M&T/groove combo. Is there a better or easier way to design the joinery?
Any help, suggestions, insight is greatly appreciated!