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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.

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Essentials For The Gardening Shed

The right tool can help make any job easier and the garden is no exception. More than 91 million households gardened in 2005, the most ever, according to the National Gardening Association. Gardening is an incredibly enjoyable activity, but if you don’t want to end up sore, blistered or itching, it’s important to be properly prepared before you begin.

Here are some essential items that I keep in my garden shed:

  • Gardener’s First-Aid Kit-The most important thing in my shed is my first-aid kit for common garden emergencies including sunburn, bug bites, cuts, and poison ivy, oak or sumac. Every gardener I know dreads poison ivy because the itch can last for weeks. A tiny brush against one of these plants can cause a whole lot of itch, but it doesn’t have to with the help of one of my favorite products, Cortaid® Poison Ivy Care Treatment Kit. It can be used to defend against an outbreak, help to prevent spreading and treat an itchy reaction.
  • Gardening Gloves-While I believe in getting my hands dirty, nothing beats a great pair of high-quality leather gardening gloves. The right gloves can protect hands from thorns, an unexpected bee or spider, sharp twigs or sticks and blistering.
  • Shovels/Spade & Trowel-A good shovel is the difference between making your garden work easier and giving you a backache. Look for one with a long handle (to take pressure off of your back) and flat ledge, which creates a surface for your foot. A trowel is a must. Find one with a wide, curved blade that fits comfortably in your hand.
  • Pruners-Pruning, deadheading (picking the dead flowers off of plants) and trimming plants goes on all year long. Look for “bypass” pruners that make a clean cut on the plant without crushing or tearing it.
  • Wheelbarrows and Carts-Toting things around the garden can become a chore. Save yourself a backache and find a lightweight yet sturdy and steady cart to help with heavy work.
  • Watering Essentials-A good hose has a 5/8-inch opening, is reinforced with a mesh layer and is kink resistant. It should handle 50 pounds per square inch of water pressure. Cost usually reflects quality, so spend the extra. For areas your hose can’t reach, invest in a sturdy watering can.

With tools like these, gardening will truly be a pleasure, so get out there and “Get Your Hands Dirty.”


Shed Plans Buy or Build

Every thought about how to house those extra items and de-clutter the garden? Building a shed is a popular solution for creating storage space outside the house. Whether you are thinking about having a go and building a shed yourself or opting for a pre- fab kit, a good staring place is to consider a shed plan in order to way up your options.

Shed plans allow you the flexibility to choose from a range of pre-made designs and materials and more over get things right. Shed plans are a great idea no matter how advanced your building skills are and offer useable plans easy to follow that result in a sturdy and safe garden shed.

For those less confident in building a shed from scratch then an outdoor shed kit is the way to go. Shed kits come complete with all the parts, pieces and materials along with fool proof instructions. In addition, the options in designs are perhaps much more varied, so you’ll be able to put together something really quite nice. A ready-made shed kit can be a quicker option in the sense that all the materials you need are there. There is no need to spend time measuring up, cutting materials, sizing and running around buying or ordering parts. Step by step instructions can make this option of shed plan both enjoyable and cost effective.

For those who consider themselves a bit of an architect on the side, having a go at constructing your own garden shed from scratch can be both an accomplishment and a challenge. Providing you have all the necessary tools and know a thing or two about materials and plans, then why not have a go at creating your very own masterpiece? As long as you are confident enough and consider all the safety aspects, then a shed plan is all you need to get you started.

Garden Shed: Using It as a Workshop or Craft Room

There are many ways to use your garden shed other than for gardening. You could use it as a workshop for building small pieces of furniture. Or, you could use it as a craft room for creating all of those wonderful things that are fun to make, but make too big a mess in the house.

Some of the garden sheds are come very simple and basic. They have a door a few windows for light and little else. You get to fill up the walls and floor however you like. Some come in fancier designs with tables, shelves and cabinets, so there is plenty of workspace and storage space.

The key to getting the right garden shed is to figure out what you will be using it for. Are you an artist who needs a place to draw, paint or sculpt? Are you a woodworker making small furniture and birdhouses? Are you a craftsperson who makes jewelry or small knickknacks? The answers to these questions will help you figure just what you want and need as far as size and design of your garden shed.

Do you already have a garden shed that you want to convert into a small workshop or craft room? With a little bit of creativity and hard work you can do that. Just clean it out and scrub it down. Put in any tables or shelves might you want and maybe a few chairs and you are ready to start using your new room.

You want the appearance your shed to reflect something of your personality and what you are all about but, you should always check with your local government offices to make sure your garden shed will be in compliance with the building and zoning laws of your community.

Sheds – Is This A Man’s Castle?

A wise man once said that “a man’s shed is his castle” well, actually, they didn’t, but they should have. A good shed is a simply a great thing to have in your garden – you can take all those tools and kids’ toys that are lying around and give them a storage place, where they won’t get lost and they’ll be safe from the rain.

Even if you don’t have a big garden, you might be surprised by the amount of space a shed will save you just by getting things like lawnmowers and chairs out of the way sometimes. And if you do have a big garden, of course, then you can really go to town!

Some things to consider when you’re choosing a shed (apart from the size) is the kind of wood it is made from, the colour of the wood, the number of windows and quality of the glass, and what kind of door it has. Remember when you choose that you’ll probably have this shed for decades to come – don’t skimp on cost. You might want to bring a photo of your garden with you so you can imagine what the shed will look like in it.

Once you’ve chosen a garden shed, there are two ways to get it put up: either you can do it yourself, or you can pay someone to do it for you. Many companies that sell sheds include delivery and assembly as part of the price, so do check.

Doing it yourself can be a fun adventure if you’ve got a spare weekend, and it’s really satisfying to see something you’ve built yourself standing in your garden. Modern sheds from DIY stores come with easy instructions and can be surprisingly quick to make, although you might a friend or relative to help you hold up some bits of the shed while you’re putting up the other parts.

However, if you’re not the do-it-yourself type, it’s worth considering getting the company to do it for you. It isn’t all that expensive, and they will have built that shed a thousand times before – you know it’ll be done right, and it won’t fall down while you’re inside it (a scary thought, I’m sure you’ll agree).

However you do it, enjoy your shed!