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Make Your Own Garden Shed Doors for under $100.

We all had our favorite Doors lyrics back in those days. But the ones that resonated the most with me went something like, “Come on Baby, light my…” Microjig, Maker of the GRR-RIPPER Work safer, Work smarter. And this episode is also sponsored by Harry’s. This garden tool shed connected to my garage was probably built 30 or 35 years ago, and it’s holding up really well except for the doors. I’ve repaired them a number of times, but I think it’s finally time to just make some new doors. I fixed these panels before but at this point, there’s nothing left to fix because the wood it just rotting away. At one point the latches came off the door and there was no way of repairing it the way it was so I just attached this board to keep these two doors together and then I used a PVC pipe as a latch. All of the boards for the doors are going to be the same width. The first thing I need to do is cut off all of these rounded edges to square them up. Since these boards are so big, I’ve stacked up a bunch of stuff here to support that end while I make all my cuts.

First, I always like to cut a little off the ends just to square it up. The I can measure the lengths. I’ll use that first board to measure out the rest so I don’t have to use the tape measure. Each door has four horizontal pieces. To cut those all to the same length, I’ve set up a stop block and an extension fence on my miter saw. Joining this all together using pocket screws will make it strong and really speed up the assembly process. I only need to drill the pocket holes in the short pieces. I’ll start with the top and the bottom pieces. The important thing about pocket screws it to clamp the pieces together tightly before you put the screws in. Otherwise the two pieces can mis-align and slide apart. What I like to do in situations like this rather than measure and mark off where all of the cross pieces are going to go, is cut a couple of spacers that I can use to line them up. That way I can make sure they are all evenly spaced.

I’m going to use my router to cut a rabbet along the inside of the frames that I can drop the panels into. I need to replace this base plate though. The hole is too small. My rabbeting bit won’t fit through. So I made this thing which is just a board with a bigger hole. That first pass is enough to set the panels in, but I’d like the panels to be a little deeper. So I’m going to raise my router bit up just a bit. and make a second pass. I think I’m going to put an extra fancy profile on the front. I’ll replace that rabbeting bit with an ogee bit. Actually, this is a Roman Ogee bit. And really, what could be more fancy than that? I need to round over the corners of these panels so that they’ll fit into the rabbets.

I’m gluing and tacking these panels into place. I’ll see if I can reuse these hinges from the old door. Here I’m cutting out some really shallow mortises for the hinges. I’ve got some shims that I cut to raise the door up just a little off the ground. Then I can mark where the hinges will go. The hinges have removable pins so my strategy is to attach the bottom hinge, drop the pin in, this one I already have the pin in and I’ll try to screw it into place.

Now I’ll see if I can do this without bending or breaking that lower hinge. With one screw in, I can carefully check to see that it works alright. Wow. I love it when things work out on the first try, because I really wasn’t expecting that to work that easily Not exactly perfect up here, but whatya gonna do! I found this old sliding bolt in my shop. i’ll use it to keep the right door closed. I’m going to try to bend one of these L-brackets into shape for the other latch.

This little board will be the latch. I’m going to paint it before I attach it. What I’m going to do is thread this screw through a washer then through that, and through the door. The on this back side I’ll put another washer and this is a lock nut. { Advertisement } And I’d like to thank you for joining me this week on Woodworking for Mere Mortals.

For some follow up information on this project, be sure to watch my Mere Minutes episode this weekend. Seems like this is the time of the year to start doing home improvement projects, And if you’ve got a lot of them to do, like I do, I’d like for you to check out my sister channel, Home & Garden for Mere Mortals. If you’re not already aware, I’m pleased to announce two new contributors to HGMM.

Chris, from the Idaho Painter, and Lindsay from the Frugal Crafter. Chris is a professional house painter and will be sharing his years of experience with you. And Lindsay will be sharing lots of cool home decorating tips designed to save you money. Please check out and subscribe to both of their individual channels. Thank you so much for watching. I’ll see you next week. .

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How To Install A Whirlybird Turbine Vent On Your Shed Roof

Hello and welcome to Today I want to show you how to install one of these whirly bird turbine vent to keep your shed cool. They work really good if you live in a hot area or if you have a lot of fumes inside your shed like if you store a motorcycle or paints or something this really gets the air flowing through to keep it cool and get rid of those foul odors.

You’ll want to locate your turbine between 2 roof trusses and toward the top of the shed. Determine where you want it and drill a hole through the roof from the inside. Use this hole as a guide to position the flashing where you want the turbine installed. Mark around the inside of the flashing with a pencil or nail. Use a jig saw or a sawzall and cut through the roof. Pry up the shingles up where you’re going to slide the flashing underneath them. Now nail through the flashing and through the shingles to secure it to the roof. These numbers correspond with the roof pitch of the shed. In this case we have a pitch. So we’ll line this number 3 hole up with the mark on the flashing. Now secure the base to the flashing with the screws.

This clamp will hold the base at the proper angle. Now install the turbine its self with 3 screws. Now adjust the turbine so it’s sitting approximately level. These things work great even without any wind because the hot air comes up and escapes through the vent. But even the slightest breeze will set these things spinning and really pump a lot of air through your shed. Now the only real downside to this vent is it brings in a lot of dirt and dust if you live in a dusty area. That dirt and dust will come in with the air, then the air will slow down and the dust will just drop inside your shed. So that’s the only real disadvantage of this turbine vent. But that’s pretty well offset by the cooling effect it has and the fact that it vents all those toxic fumes out of your shed if you’re storing bad stuff. That’s how you install a whirly bird turbine vent on your shed. I don’t think that took more than 10 minutes to actually install it. Maybe 20 – 25 minutes including prep time, getting your tools together and putting them away. So it’s a really easy option for your shed that makes a lot of difference, and it doesn’t cost that much money.

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How to Build a Shed Foundation

A long lasting shed will need a sturdy foundation to keep it level and protect it from moisture. Follow these steps to build your shed foundation. Before you begin, check local building codes or homeowner’s association guidelines for any requirements on foundation types, frost lines, and location specs in your yard. Pick a spot for your shed that’s close to level and doesn’t collect water. It’s also good to have 3 feet of clearance around the perimeter. When you have your location, mark the shed area with masons string and stakes. To square it, measure 3 feet along one string, and 4 feet along the adjacent string. The distance between the two points should be 5 feet. Adjust as needed. You can build your foundation several ways. On grade foundations are for areas that don’t freeze. One option is to pour a concrete slab, and install sill plates on top with adhesive and concrete screws. Then set the floor frame. Other options use 4×4 timbers—also known as skids or runners—with the frame on top.

It’s best to mark the runner locations on the strings for easier layout. Here are a few methods using timbers. The first is another on grade foundation. Set masonry blocks on gravel about 4 inches deep. (Don’t pile the gravel above the holes–it’ll shift.) Use different size blocks to level the 4×4 timbers, and roofing shingles for fine adjustments. The next methods are for permanent foundations in frost areas–the footers are set below the frost line to prevent shifting during freezing temperatures. (You’ll need additional strings and stakes to line up post holes.) For the concrete tube method, pour gravel into the holes, then insert the concrete tube forms. The tops should be above ground and even. Add concrete, and insert post base brackets. Make sure they’re lined up and let the concrete cure. Finally, attach the 4x4s to the brackets. The last method uses posts set in the holes. Dig holes about 4 feet apart, 12 inches in diameter, and 12 inches below the frost line.

Pour about 4-6 inches of gravel in the hole, compact it with a post, then add concrete following the manufacturer’s directions. Once the concrete has cured, set a post on top of the footer. Make sure the post is plumb, and hold it with stakes. Now add gravel around the sides to allow for drainage. After all the posts are set, determine the height you want for your shed floor and mark one post. Use this as a guide to mark the other posts with a chalk line and level, and cut with a saw. Then attach post base brackets and 4x4s. Next, build the frame with 2x4s and nails according to the directions. Set the frame on the 4x4s, leaving about 1 foot over hanging the ends, and attach one side to each 4×4 with one screw. Check for square by measuring the diagonals–they should be the same. Make any adjustments and secure the other side of the frame to the 4x4s. Then use screws to secure the frame at each point that contacts the 4x4s. The floor panels go on next. Set a floor panel at the corner of the frame, flush to the edges.

Nail down the short edge, and check the frame for square one more time. Make any final adjustments and nail down the rest of the plywood. Attach the other floor panels according to the directions and check for level. With the foundation set you’re ready to build the shed. Kits come with detailed instructions to do it yourself, or have it professionally installed. Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Go to or just click to subscribe. Next, learn how to install French doors and skylights in your shed. .

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She Sheds: Plans for How to Build & Customize

Ever dream of having your own personal retreat right in your backyard? It can happen! Convert an ordinary tool shed into a she shed. Actually, it can be a he shed too. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to build your own. First, check your local building codes or homeowner’s association guidelines. Some things to check on include shed size, foundation, and even color. Your she shed can be an upgrade to an existing shed or a brand new one. If you are building, pick a spot in your yard that’s close to level. It’ll be easier to set the foundation. The foundation can be a concrete slab with sill plates. 4×4’s on masonry blocks. Or, for areas that freeze, 4×4’s set on concrete footers below the frost line. Click below to watch our “How to Build a Foundation” video. When the foundation is down, the shed can go up. Kits come with the easy-to-follow instructions or they can be installed for you. The basic installation involves building the walls, adding the roof, installing the doors and windows, painting the exterior, adding trim and finishing with shingles.

Once you’ve built the shed, you can really start to customize. Sheds are designed for tool storage where minimal light isn’t a problem. A window is usually included with kits. However, you may want more light in your she shed. Consider switching out the regular doors. Get doors that are the same size or a little bit larger than the standard doors.

The wall panels are usually precut for the door openings so going smaller won’t typically work. Click below to watch our french door installation” video. For even more natural light, add skylights. The installation involves cutting out and framing the opening, securing the skylight and sealing tight with a flashing kit. Click below to see our skylight installation video. Next, finish things up inside. Installing permanent electricity isn’t always necessary, but if you decide you need it, have a pro install it. Adding insulation is a smart move. It’ll help keep the temperature just right and limit moisture build-up. Then, install the drywall. Hang it on the walls and finish it off with some drywall mud.

Then sand. Don’t install it on the ceiling if it doesn’t have vents. You could get mold. Click below to watch our drywall installation video. After the drywall has been finished, it’s time to paint. Use a paint-and-primer-in-one for the walls and ceiling. If you’re painting the floor, prime it first, then use porch and floor paint which will stand up to traffic. For steps on painting, as well as helpful hints, click below to watch our painting video. To finish things up outside, attached lattice skirting to give the shed a little personality. How about a deck or patio in front for a finished appearance? A small floating platform deck will do. It’s built on masonry blocks so there’s no need for post holes. Place some furniture, planters and a few accessories to liven things up. And finally, the interior decor. For deep meditation in a tranquil yoga studio, keep your decor simple.

Consider a water fountain to create a relaxing atmosphere. For a home office ‘shedquarters’, storage cubes will help keep files and office supplies organized. Perhaps you plan to bring out your creative side in an artist’s studio. Slat wall is a simple way to keep all your tools handy. Or maybe you just wanna sit back with a book in your private library. A few shelves and a comfy chair might be just the thing. When everything was complete, we built our shed for about $5,000. A simple shed converted into your very own personal retreat. To see all the how-to’s relating to building a she shed, go to

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Build a Shed Roof That is Durable and Good Looking

Build A Shed Roof That Is Durable And Good Looking

Before building any project, it is essential that you already have a general idea of how you plan to do so. Better yet, having a detailed plan will help you more as the work progress. When you build a shed roof, like any other roof, you should consider the load that your roof will be taking. For example, if you know that the winter in your area comes with a heavy snow downfall then you should put extra braces. Your roof should last a long time and should not cause you any problems.

Before starting your shed roof project, check if your local building codes to see if your shed building plans conforms to its provisions. You dont want to waste your time, effort and money to find out later on that the codes does approve with it. Only after approval can you start building your roof trusses or at the least install your prefabricated ones. Once you have the trusses ready, you then need to mark the top part of your wall to determine the spacing where you will nail do them down. This will help ensure that everything is in line perfectly. Ann assistant will be most beneficial to help you hold the trusses ready.

Most shed roof would use a 5/8 inch roof decking, normally plywood, to hold together the roof trusses. After screwing or nailing the plywood and the trusses, you can then cover it with either tar paper or asphalt shingles. Like in any other roof, any destruction like a strong gust of wind or accidentally dropping a shingle can lead to an accident. Make yourself stable or get some help.

If you live in an area where there is heavy snowfall and frequent snow storms, building a steep pitch will help remove excess snow as it can slide off easily. Excessive snow accumulation can weaken even the strongest roof structure.

Aside from this, your choice of wood will also determine whether your roof will be able to stand the test of time. Dry wood is preferable as they are less prone to water damages and doesnt break or snap off easily.

You should also choose only quality shed roofing materials to ensure that they will be able to guarantee you that they will be able to withstand any harsh weather, plus many of these quality materials have warranties, like the 20 year shingles. With any structure, the roof is the most critical part, it should be able to withstand a heavy load, protect against the sun, rain and winds, and equally important, look good as well.

If your shed looks like an eyesore, then maybe the convenience it brings is not worth it, especially if your neighbors and guests complain about it. So make your shed and its roof complimenting to your home, choose a good design and color scheme that will be able to cast a smooth flow with your home and your garden.

How to Build a Secure Wooden Storage Shed

How to Build a Secure Wooden Storage Shed

Have you finally decided to build a wooden storage shed, While most of us already know that a storage shed is a necessary addition to our property, many of us have dillydallied because of the fear that we may not be able to do it right, plus we dont really have the extra cash to have someone do it for us. While some do have the skills to create their own shed, many of them have the tendency to forget to ensure that their shed is secure and durable.

Time and again, having a detailed plan has proven that it is the best way to have a problem-free building project. A detailed plan takes out the guess work while youre doing the project saving you, your money, time and effort. Also, before you even actually start to build your shed you will be able to prepare all the materials you need making it easy for you to just put them all together. Plus you can develop a good timeframe and know exactly what you have to do one after the other.

There are two things that you have to do first, after you have made your plans, before you actually start building your wooden storage shed. First, you have to know where to build your shed. Avoid unlevel land areas and make sure that there are no cables, wires, pipes running beneath it. Second, check with your local planning and zoning commission and show them your building plans. This way, you can be assured that you will have no problems with the authorities later on.

Now lets start building.

It is imperative that you have all your materials prepared before the actual building process. The wood of course is your most single important material. You also need tools like hammer, saw, nails, hinges, roof tacks and shingles. Based on your plans, measure your wood and cut them to size. If youre using a concrete foundation, prepare your cement. With any structure, you always build starting from the bottom. Start with your floor deck moving on into your walls, windows, doors then your roof. Make sure that your framing is secure and a solid stake is driven securely to the ground so that you have a sturdy post to attach your frame to.

Dont skimp on the nails, make sure that they securely fasten and attach all parts of your wooden storage shed. Try to wiggle or shake your walls to see if they are secure and that they are no gaps. Any weak points should be strengthened. Your roof should only be built after ensuring that the framing is strong. Choose a roofing material that will be able to cope up with a type of weather in your area.

If necessary try to use as many wooden pillars as you would need to ensure that your wooden storage set is secure and durable. Remember, the bigger your shed is, the more pillars it would need.

A Step By Step Guide On How To Build A Brick Shed

A Step by Step Guide on How to Build a Brick Shed

Any home would greatly benefit from having a storage shed in their yard. It can be used to house a variety of belongings such as your tools, garden equipment, your barbecue, firewood and even your bicycle and other stuff. And if you want extreme durability and strength, a shed that will last a lifetime, then forget the traditional wooden storage shed, a brick shed is what you need.

Here is a step by step guide on a brick shed with an average size of about five feet by eight feet.

Step 1. Check out your location. Make sure that you have sufficient space for your storage shed, allowing extra space around it and about a couple of feet away from your fence. Steer clear of trees that may act as a hindrance to your roof, or have falling branches and fruits that can damage it. Also, you need to check with your local planning and zoning commission about your plans and the dimensions of your brick shed.

Step 2. Be sure to clean the area where you plan to build your brick shed. Clear it of any debris, roots, rocks and weeds. Also make sure that there are no pipes, cables, wires running underneath. Draw an outline of the dimensions of your brick shed, you can do this by using paint in a can, spraying the outline on the soil.

Step 3. After clearing up the soil, dig inside your outline with a depth of about eight inches. For the base, transfer inside sand, about two inches will do. Compact the soil and make sure that it is leveled. Using a post digger, dig six holes, three on each side of your outline, about 4 inches deep. You will use this for the posts where you will attach your roof later on. Place the posts inside and pour cement to hold them in.

Step 4. You can now pour in your cement for your foundation; it should be about six inches deep and make sure to level it. Leave to completely dry. When completely dry, lay out your bricks. Lay the bricks around the base and when you are finished on all four sides, lay down some mortar and place the next layer. Make sure that the second layer of brick is centered on the top of where two bricks on the lower layer meet. This is so that your brick wall will be stable. Continue until you have reached the desired height. Make sure that the bricks are tightly packed so that water could not seep in. Dont forget to leave an opening for your door and windows.

Step 5. Leave a gap of about three to four inches for ventilation for the frame of the roof. Connect your lumber from one side of the post to the other. Make a six inch overhang for each lumber. Level your frame. If you want a slanting roof, make one side about three to four inches higher. You can now ad your roof. You can use shingles, aluminum or plastic, depending on your choice.

Basic Step By Step Guide To Building A Shed Roof

A Basic Step-by-step Guide to Building A Shed Roof

Growing up, your father may already have built a storage shed in your home, if not you may have noticed some in your neighbors or friends home. Many of them may even be still standing today, but if you look at the roof closely, you may notice that the roof already has leaks defeating the point of having a shed. A storage shed is a practical solution in protecting your belongings, if its roof is leaking water may leak in and cause water damage. It is essential that the roof should be able to withstand harsh elements like rain, snow and dirt. So whether youre building a new shed or replacing your old shed roof, you can build one that will be able to last a long time with a good step-by-step guide.

A sturdy and durable shed roof may cost you more now, but because a roof of any structure is the most exposed part, you will be able to save more in repairs as time goes by. Also, you will save money as well and possible worries knowing that your belongings inside the shed is safe. The single most important aspect in building a shed roof is to have a comprehensive plan, if you have no inkling on how to do this; it is wise to invest on it as it is your basis for your building project.

Here are some other aspects in shed roof building that you should also keep in mind:

Your design of your roof should be slant and steep so that pressure would not build on it. But you also have to make sure that your roof design should conform to the building code in your area.

After your application has been approved, you should now have your roof trusses fabricated, if you dont have the tools nor the skills to do this, most lumber yards can do this for you for a minimal fee.

When you have the trusses ready, you need to mark the wall of your shed to determine where the trusses will be anchored to usually an interval of 2 feet of space is done.

You can now place your trusses on the marks on each facing wall and nail them down. Make sure that they are sturdy and not wiggling around.

After you have finished placing all the wood truss, you can now place your roof decking for the trusses to be tied together to provide support for the roof load.

Depending on your choice as roof material, you can now finish your roof placing your chosen material as per manufacturers instructions.

Safety is always the key, as you would be working on the roof, there is a chance that you may fall off. If possible, get someone to work with you and make sure that when using ladders or other tools for elevation that it is secure. Also, it is best to remember to clean your roof once in a while; this will help prolong the life span of your roof.

Build A Pallet Shed The Affordable Secret To Top Quality Free Wood

Build a Pallet Shed The Affordable Secret to Top Quality Free Wood

Theres no doubt about it, money is an issue. So no matter how much you want to clean up and get your own storage shed, if you dont have the money, theres not much you can do. But, if you have the skills and the determination, having your own shed in your backyard doesnt have to remain a dream, how, By recycling old wooden pallets. Some would immediately think that pallets, being the way they are, would just be an eyesore, but not if you have a good set of plans.

Making a beautiful and effective wooden pallet shed can be the answer to your storage woes. Not only are they widely available, they dont really cost that much, you might even get them for free. Wood pallets can be found most anywhere. Any commercial buildings, groceries and supermarkets would just have them lying around, all you have to do is talk to them and have something to haul the pallets home. Although some of these pallets may not have the highest of quality wood, if your design and plans are good enough, you can still be sure that your pallet shed will be durable and strong.

Other sources for free or cheap wood pallets are from your neighbors, or if you drive around you may find them from homes where they have done some remodeling work. Many of them would be just too happy to get rid of their pallets saving them the work of getting rid of these pallets. Mills and lumberyards are also great sources for wooden pallets. Classified ads and many websites also offer them as freebies; they do these so they can save money from having someone haul the pallets away for them.

Once you have enough pallets you now have to get your hands dirty. But first things first, you would most definitely need to have a good detailed set of plans available for you. If you dont know how to make one, another affordable and cheap way to get a hold of them is by downloading them from the internet. There are plans that are available for free while some may cost you but not that much. Without it, you might as well be walking blind, groping as you go along with your pallet shed project.

Wood is not the only material you will need. So you need to prepare all the other materials and your tools as well. If you dont have some of the tools needed, you dont have to go out and buy them, just borrow them from your friends, but be sure to return them though.

So there you have it, the most affordable and easy way to get storage space. This project can be easily done over the weekend, and with some paint and primer, you can make your wooden pallet shade look as if a professional did it. Remember, your only limit is your imagination.

The Basic Toolsthat Are Needed When Building A Shed

The Basic Tools That Are Needed When Building A shed

A storage shed can be considered as a minor project, not as minor as a stool or table, but if you have some basic skills in woodworking, you can just as easily build one for yourself. Inspiration and motivation is what drives the human spirit to go where they have never gone before, so even if you have never built a shed, you can build one with your own two hands, but an extra pair would not hurt. Your motivation in this case is an attic bursting to its seams and a garage that cant fit in a car.

When it comes to building a shed on your own, you can either start from scratch or get some help from corporate America and use pre-fabricated shed kits. Either way, you are going to need a good set of tools.

Your one greatest tool is your building plan. Many people would not even consider this as a tool, but this the single most important aspect to ensure that you will have a great flow when building your shed. With your plans, you can determine the exact number of materials that you will need what type of materials and all the other tools that will be required.

For manufacturing the parts that you will need, you will have to use a top quality hammer, a power drill, a spherical saw and a number of handheld tools like wrenches, pliers and screw drivers. If you dont have any of these tools, you can either borrow them for yourself as this is an integral part of the building process.

Like any building project, it is important that you are able to make correct measurements. Failure to do so would mean a rickety structure that would surely fall down with the slightest gust of wind. To help you in this endeavor, you will need the services of tools like a tape measure, a pair of levels, chalk lines and a framing square.

To further ensure that your shed is rock solid and will be able to provide your belonging shelter for decades to come, it is imperative that you provide it with a good foundation. To help you achieve this, you will need tools like a spade, shovel, post-hole digger and a wheel barrow. Dont forget that you will also need a good pair of goggles to protect your eyes and a set of industrial gloves to protect your hands.

To make your shed look beautiful, you may want to finish it off with some paint. So, you would need a pan, paint brush, roller or a paint sprayer. You may also need some sandpaper to clean out your wood.

Aside from your tools, you would also want to get top quality materials to build your shed. A shed can either be made using wood, metal, vinyl or aluminum. Other materials you will need are roofing materials, nails, screws, cement and concrete blocks. But never forget your blueprint.

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