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Garden Shed Project
a tudor style garden shed
woodworking projects from the do-it-yourself carpentery workshop

How to build an
8x7 Tudor-Style Garden Shed
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Page 15: Making the door
Section 15.1 Determining the door size.

Measure the door opening in the wall (called the rough opening).

Deduct 3/4" (19mm) off the height and the width to get the door size.

For example: The door opening in the frame is (or should be) 72" (1800mm) high x 32" (800mm) wide.
Therefore, make the actual door 71 1/4" (1780mm) high x 31 1/4" (780mm) wide.

There should be a maximum 3/8" (10mm) gap all around the door.

Note: You can work with a 1/4" (6mm) gap all around. I just prefer a bigger gap around shed doors.

making a door for the shed Section 15.2 Cutting and preparing the door pieces

Cut a piece of 3/4" (19mm) plywood 71 1/4" (1780mm) high x 31 1/4" (780mm) wide and lay it on a flat surface.

Cut two 3/4" x 6" (150mm x 19mm) boards at 71 1/4" (1780mm) long and place them on the plywood, one each side.

Measure and cut the three 3/4" x 6" (150mm x 19mm) horizontal rails and place them on the plywood in position.

Refer to the plan drawing in section 2.1.12 for positioning

Do not fix permanently at this stage.

Measure, cut, and fit in place, the window cross pieces out of 3/4" x 4" (100mm x 19mm) board.

Note: Rip (cut down lengthwise) the window cross pieces from a spare roof board.

Mark the window openings on the plywood. Also mark where the other pieces go, so you know where to apply the glue.

Remove all the pieces off the plywood.

Mark 3/4" (19mm) out from the previously marked window opening, all the way around, and cut out along that mark.

Section 15.3 Assembling and fixing the door pieces

Apply ample glue on the plywood areas to be covered.

Place all the other pieces back into position on the plywood and hold them in place with clamps.

Fix with either screws or nails.

If you use screws, make sure that they are long enough to almost go through the total thickness of the wood.

If you use nails (as was used in this project) then use galvanized flathead nails that are a bit longer than the total thickness of the wood. Nail through the front of the door, and bend the ends of the nails over at the back of the door.

Section 15.4 Making the glass stop for the door window

Note: The glass stop is s strip of wood that covers the edge of a window pane and holds it in.

Rip a length of wood 3/4" (19mm) wide and at least 11ft (3300mm) long from a spare roof board for the glass stop.

fixing the panes in the window of the shed door Section 15.5 Painting the door

Paint the door and the glass stop. I used a water-based paint and the color was called "duck-egg blue".

Section 15.6 Fitting the window panes.

Measure the window pane areas in the door window and have 1/8" (3mm) thick clear acrylic (plastic) or glass panes cut to fit loosely into each area.

According to the plans you will need four panes 7" x 8" (175mm x 200mm) but check just in case.

Place them in the appropriate openings.

Cut the glass stop to go around the perimeter of the window pane, and angle nail (toe nail) with 1/2" (40mm) galvanized nails through the glass stop into the surrounding window frame.

Once the glass stop is fixed around each window pane, run a thin bead of clear sealant around the sides and bottom of each pane.

A Tip or Two!
There are 12 plan drawings you can refer to at anytime.
To see them go to page 2.
The page contents are listed at the bottom of every page but the Main Index page also lists every sub-section.
Need help working out angles?   See Getting the angles

<<< Previous page  |  Main Index  |  Next page >>>
bullet Page 1: Introduction, Informative Stuff
bullet Page 2: Plan Drawings and Material List
bullet Page 3: Making the floor
bullet Page 4: Making the front and rear wall frames
bullet Page 5: Making the curved bracing members
bullet Page 6: Making the side wall frames
bullet Page 7: Making the plywood wall panels
bullet Page 8: Cutting and preparing the roof frame
bullet Page 9: Painting the wall frames and panels
bullet Page 10: Fixing the wall panels to the frames
bullet Page 11: Positioning the floor
bullet Page 12: Standing the walls
bullet Page 13: Assembling the roof frame
bullet Page 14: Fixing the roof cover
bullet Page 15: Making the door
bullet Page 16: Making the window
bullet Page 17: Hanging the door and window
bullet Page 18: Fitting the drip caps
bullet Page 19: Help
bullet Page 20: Glossary
bullet Page 21: User Comments/Photos
bullet Page 22: Main Index


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