Build And Install Shed Doors That Look Great
You can build your own shed doors or simply buy standard exterior doors and install them. If you want double doors, as we will be installing in our shed, then you will have to build top and side jambs yourself. This will require some careful measuring to allow clearance and operation of both doors.
Here are few examples of shed doors that you can build yourself with the right tools. One picture shows 2 standard steel entry doors used together. This may be the easiest type of door to use.
Shed door styles:
Because the size of the opening is 48 inches and I couldn't find any suitable doors at the lumber yard, I had to build doors for this shed roughly following the design at the right.
The sketch at the right exaggerates the spacing between the door boards and for the doors we built for this shed. Though it isn't necessary for the vertical boards to be glued together when you are installing the 'Z' shaped cleats, I wanted the doors to be solid wood with the cleats as decoration only. I actually joined the vertical boards together with glue and clamps.
These doors were constructed with 1 3/8" thick x 6" wide x 80" long pine boards. I purchased the lumber from Home Depot because the wood there is stored indoors and would have had a chance to dry and do the natural bending that wood does. I could then sort through the pile and select the straight boards.
TIP: Use lumber that has had a chance to dry. Wet (newly cut) lumber, even if it looks straight, may bend considerably when it dries out. It will also shrink and leave gaps as it dries, especially pressure treated lumber. You don't want your shed doors to warp out of shape after going to the trouble of building them.
I first put each board through a jointer to square the edge and then applied glue and clamped the pieces together. As the glue was drying, I fashioned the 4x3/4 inch pine boards that would be used for the decorative "Z" on the front of each shed door.
When dry and unclamped, I had to sand out the surfaces with a belt sander and then square up the sides by cutting the door to about 1/4" oversize in width. The tops and bottoms were also cut to be 90 degrees to the side and about 1/2 inch shorter than the total height of the finished opening.
I installed the pine jambs, top and both sides, to leave exactly a 48 inch wide by 79 inch finished opening. The doors would then cut to be 23 7/8 inches wide and 78 5/8 inches high.