Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Groovy Door!

 I wanted to share with you how I made the Grooves in our Shed door!

When we built our shed/coop, we needed a door to get rather large items in and out.  We decided on a Split door.  I told Ryan, I've never built a shed door before, but why not try?  So I did! 

If you are new to my blog and want to read more on how we built our Shed/Coop you can do so here and how we finished the outside run here.

Here is a close up of the door while it was still under construction...

I made it in two parts.  The top and the bottom. I wanted a Beadboard look for the door but knew I wouldn't be able to find what I wanted so I knew I was going to have to make the grooves myself!  I used the same material that the rest of the shed is made out of.  I cut the sizes  out of the door material that I was going to need.  

I next figured out the spaces between grooves and how far apart I wanted the grooves to be.  I marked them with a tape measure at the top of the board for each groove and at the bottom for each groove.

I found me a good straight board that was going to be my guide board or a Jig.   I used some clamps and the guide board.  I figured over from where the guard on the skill saw would meet the guide board and measured over from the guide board to the distance where I wanted the groove to be and that was where I clamped down the guide board.

Here is a longer shot of how I clamped the guide board down and moved it across the board to make the grooves.

When I made each groove, I only wanted a groove.  So I knew if the saw was set all the way down, it would cut completely through the board, so I had to adjust the diameter as to how deep I wanted the blade to drop.  There is a wing nut or place on most skill saws where you can adjust the depth of the cut.  I adjusted mine to only a 1/4 of an inch to make each groove.

I did this same thing for the top part of the door as well as the bottom part of the door.  I painted the door halves and cut and placed the trim on them and hung the door.  I literally hung this door on the shed at 9:30 p.m. one night by flashlight. (Ryan and the boys were at Church that night and I wanted it done, I remember it even fell on top of my head, but I was determined to get it hung,  and I did!)  Yippie!

I Figured out where I wanted the window to go and cut that out and had some plexi glass cut and screwed it to the back of the door for the window.

Here is a shot with the top half opened.  

**Cute story:  My family has always had a spilt door on our Island Home in Washington.  When I was little, I used to play, Drive Thru with it.  A few weeks ago, I went outside and found my Madi playing Drive Thru with this door!  Awwww.
Well that is how I made our "Groovy" Door!  Thanks so much for reading!!  I still need to give you a tour of the inside that Ryan has been finishing up. It's lookin great!

With Much Love & Gratitude,

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