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How to build a 2100mm x 2400mm (7ft x 8 ft)
Board-and-batten Shed

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Making a Door narrow backyard garden shed

It is more common than not when making a shed door to fix the bracing on the inside. However, by fixing the bracing to the outside of the door as done in this project, does have its advantages.

1.) It makes for a neater door stop finish. The door stop is a strip of wood or a small batten that is attached to the door jambs on both sides and on top of the door thus stopping or limiting draught and/or rain.

2.) It makes for a neater astragal finish. The astragal is the molding that covers the gap between a pair of doors when closed. The astragal is fixed vertically to the back of the outer edge on one of the doors. It also stops or limits draughts and rain.

Also... Hinging the door/s to the surrounding trim (door casing) allows for the doors to be opened right back 180°


Use 150x25 (1x6) tongue-and-groove lumber for the vertical door slats and 100x25 (1x4) for the door bracing.
Use a lumber suitable for exterior applications such as cedar or treated pine.

Instructions shed door plan

Step one. Cut 10 T&G (tongue-and-groove) door slats [d1] 2250mm (90") long.

Step two. On an even surface join five slats [d1] together with the face (best side) up forming a rectangular panel.
The width of the rectangular panel will be wider than the required door width at this stage.

Step three. Cut three pieces of 100x25 (1x4) horizontal braces [d2] the same width as the rectangular panel, arrange them in their right places and screw them to the door slates. Refer to fig.1 for the placement of the horizontal braces.

Use wood screws suitable for exterior use and of a length just slightly less that the thickness of the brace and slat combined.

Step four. Turn the rectangular panel over. Measure and mark the required door width central on the panel and cut off (rip down) the excess each side.

Step five. Cut off the top 45° corner.

Step six. Turn the panel over. Measure, mark, cut and screw in place the three 100x25 (1x4) angled braces [d2].

Door one is finished.

Step seven. Make a second door the same as the first by repeating steps two-thru-six and use fig.1 for reference.

NOTE: Make the second door a mirror image of the first, that means that the top 45° corner on the second door will be opposite to that of the first.

Use the fig.1 dimensions as a guide only. The exact door measurements should be taken from the door opening (rough opening) in the wall frame once the shed shell (frame, siding, roof) is complete. Allow 6mm (1/4") gap between the door and frame all the way around and between the two doors.

Step eight. Add the hinges to the horizontal braces on the doors and then 'hang' the doors in place by fastening the loose ends of the hinges to the trim surrounding the door opening (see picture at the top of the page).

Step nine. Fix 50x25 (1x2) molding (door stop) to the jamb around the inside perimeter of the door/s to cover the gap between the door edge and the jamb.
NOTE: Do not fix the door stop tight against the door on the hinged side. A little bit of play is needed to ensure the edge of the door does not bind against the door stop when the door is being opened or closed.

Step ten. Fix a length of 50x25 (1x2) wood [d3] (the astragal) vertically half-on to the back of the outer edge on one of the doors. (see fig.2)

Step eleven. Add the slide bolts and latch set.

Final note. Wind: It is presumed that this shed will be tucked away in a sheltered part of the back yard without any real concern about the wind, and because it is a heavy and solid structure, it is highly unlikely that it is going to blow away under normal conditions.
If the shed is situated in a windy area and there are concerns, then additional securing measures should be taken. The shed will need to be fastened against uplift.
1.) Concrete a pile or post into the ground under each corner of the shed and fasten to the bottom plate with a metal strap or similar type of fastener.
2.) At each corner fasten the bottom plate to the stud with a metal strap or similar type of fastener.
3.) At each corner fasten the stud to the top plate with a metal strap or similar type of fastener.

bulletPage 1:   Introduction - Parts List
bulletPage 2:   Plans, Layout
bulletPage 3:   Plans, Front and Roof
bulletPage 4:   Plans, Rear and sides
bulletPage 5:   Plans, Identifying the Members
bulletPage 6:   Instructions
bulletPage 7:   Instructions continued
bulletPage 8:   The Door
bulletPage 9:   Nailing and Fastening Information
bulletPage 10:   Shopping List and Glossary

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