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,