I’ve made a lot of things out of wood, but never a full sized door. I’ve made cabinet doors of all shapes and sizes but nothing like this. Boy, they are a pain in the butt! Everything has to be dead flat, every cut has to be exactly 90º00’00” , every piece has to be perfectly jointed and fitted with very little margin of error. It not only has to be straight and flat, but it has to remain straight and flat for a million years, or as long as you plan on using it.
This door ain’t none of that. It’s construction lumber. Soft, spongy, warped and twisted. Despite all that, it actually turned out pretty good, nice and strong with well fitted tongue and groove joinery. It’s a shed door, and it’ll do its job.
I’ve always seen those homemade doors in old houses and, to me, they are so cool. Nothing is perfect about them, they don’t open right, they don’t close right, but they just look neat. This one should last a while, I hope.
The whole goal was to make something that wasn’t embarrassing to look at. We get a direct view of this crappy shed right out our back door. It’s visible from every room in the house except the kitchen and laundry room. Just wanted it to look nice.
It’s an improvement from the before picture, to be sure.