Happy Saturday! Changing the shed door design and getting my man card revoked. | LOCKDOWN Day 75

Happy Saturday! Changing the shed door design and getting my man card revoked. | LOCKDOWN Day 75


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Hello and welcome to our blog! Today, we will be discussing the topics covered in a YouTube video titled “”. In this video, the content creator shares his thoughts and plans on building garden shed doors. He begins by addressing comments from viewers regarding the direction of a diagonal brace, suggesting that he may simplify the design by eliminating the brace altogether. The aim is to create lighter doors than the existing ones, while maintaining stability and rigidity. The content creator contemplates removing the back frame and using only the siding piece sandwiched between the front and back as a simpler alternative. Additionally, he discusses the challenge of finding hinges suitable for the new design. His plan then evolves into adding inch-and-a-half wide strips on each side of the door to accommodate the hinges and provide a finished look. Join us as we dive deeper into the ideas presented in this video and explore the process of designing shed doors that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

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1. Simplifying the Shed Door Design for Stability and Aesthetics

I have been working on building two garden shed doors and I wanted to simplify the design for both stability and aesthetics. After receiving feedback on the diagonal brace, I realized that I could eliminate it altogether. By sandwiching the siding piece between the front and back of the door, I can achieve the necessary stability and rigidity without the need for diagonal braces.

Another goal of mine was to make lighter doors than the ones currently in place, which are constructed with two by six boards. However, by using the sandwich method, the door would actually be thicker than the existing ones. This made me reconsider the need for the back frame on the door. I realized that I could potentially only use the siding piece and the front trim to achieve the desired look. If there were any issues with the door bending or warping, I could always add another frame behind it.

Considering the hinges, I discovered that they are designed for inch-and-a-half material. Since I am planning on using smaller dimensions, I was unsure if the hinges would work properly. On the other hand, if I were to use the sandwich method, the door would be almost two inches thick, which could cause fitting problems. After contemplating this issue, I came up with a new plan. I will cut inch-and-a-half wide strips to be placed on either side of the door, extending from the back by about a quarter of an inch. This will accommodate the hinges and give the door a more finished look. Additionally, I will add trim to the top and bottom for a complete aesthetic finish.

Overall, I am excited about this simplified shed door design. It may seem too easy, but I believe it will provide the stability and aesthetics I am aiming for. By eliminating diagonal braces and making adjustments to accommodate hinges and enhance the overall finish, I am confident that these new doors will meet my expectations.

2. Creating Lighter Shed Doors without Compromising Functionality

When it comes to building shed doors, it is important to find the perfect balance between functionality and weight. In this video, the creator shares their plan to create lighter shed doors without compromising on the strength and stability required for longevity.

The first step of the plan involves eliminating the use of diagonal braces. Instead, the creator suggests sandwiching the siding piece between the front and back panels of the door. This design choice not only simplifies the construction process but also ensures that the stability and rigidity of the door are maintained.

In addition to simplifying the design, the creator aims to make the new shed doors lighter than the previous ones. By sandwiching the frames together and using siding as the main component, the door ends up being thicker than before. To address this concern, the creator proposes the removal of the back frame, keeping only the siding and front trim. This not only reduces the weight but also gives the door a sleek and streamlined appearance.

To ensure proper functionality, the creator plans to use inch-and-a-half wide strips on either side of the door. This will provide enough space for the hinges to work effectively, while also adding a finished touch to the door’s design. Additionally, the top and bottom of the door will be trimmed for a polished look.

With this new plan in place, the creator is confident that they can achieve lighter shed doors without compromising functionality. By simplifying the design, removing unnecessary components, and adding strategic trim, the doors will not only be lighter but also visually appealing. Stay tuned to see the final result of this innovative approach to shed door construction.

3. Exploring Alternatives: Do We Really Need a Back Frame for the Shed Doors?

After examining the design and considering your comments, it seems that eliminating the diagonal braces altogether could provide a simpler solution. By sandwiching the siding between the front and back pieces, the stability and rigidity of the door can be achieved without the need for additional bracing. This modification not only simplifies the construction process but also reduces the weight of the doors compared to the existing ones made with two by six boards.

Considering the goal of making lighter doors, the current design may lead to thicker doors than desired. This raises the question of whether the back frame is necessary at all. Perhaps, having just the siding piece with the front trim could be sufficient to provide a pleasing aesthetic. If the door does not hang straight or if it experiences warping, an additional frame could always be added afterwards for reinforcement if needed. This alternative approach would greatly simplify the construction process and create a more streamlined appearance for the doors.

Addressing the issue of hinges, it is important to note that the hinges are designed for inch-and-a-half material, which may pose a challenge if the door is made smaller. Additionally, using a full sandwich method would increase the thickness of the door, potentially causing it to extend further out when closed. To overcome these challenges, a new plan can be implemented. By attaching inch-and-a-half wide strips on each side of the door, they can serve as extensions from the back, providing sufficient room for the hinges. Furthermore, adding trim to the top and bottom will give a more polished finish to the doors. This revised plan accommodates both the constraints of the hinges and the desired aesthetics of the doors.

4. Solving the Hinges Dilemma: Adding Trim for a Finished Look

To solve the hinges dilemma and achieve a finished look for the garden shed doors, I have come up with a simplified design that eliminates the need for diagonal braces. Instead, I will sandwich the siding piece between the front and back to provide stability and rigidity to the door. This method will result in lighter doors compared to the current ones made of two by six boards.

In order to maintain the desired thickness of the door, I have decided to remove the back frame and use only the siding piece and front trim. This not only contributes to a sleek appearance but also allows for easy replacement if the door bends or warps. I will keep a cross brace in the center to ensure the two sides stay together during the construction of the frames.

However, I encountered another issue with the hinges designed for inch-and-a-half material. As my door will be smaller, I need a solution to make the hinges work properly. My new plan involves adding inch-and-a-half wide strips on either side of the door, extending slightly from the back. This will create enough space for the hinges to fit perfectly while giving the door a more finished look. I will also add trim to the top and bottom for a complete and polished appearance.

By implementing these adjustments to my original design, I believe I have found a simpler yet effective solution for the hinges dilemma while achieving a refined and professional finish for the garden shed doors. Stay tuned as I proceed with the construction process using the selected lumber pieces for the vertical styles of the doors.

Q&A

Q: What is the video titled and what is it about?
A: The video is titled “”. In the video, the speaker talks about making changes to the design of garden shed doors and discusses different options and considerations.

Q: What is the speaker’s plan for simplifying the design of the shed doors?
A: The speaker plans to eliminate the diagonal braces and rely on the siding piece to provide stability and rigidity. They also consider removing the back frame and using only the siding piece with the front trim. However, they mention the option of adding another frame if needed for reinforcement.

Q: What is the goal of the speaker regarding the weight of the new doors?
A: The speaker wants to make lighter doors than the ones currently installed. They discuss sandwiching together the two frames to achieve this, but note that it may result in a thicker door than the existing ones.

Q: How does the speaker plan to address the issue with hinges?
A: The hinges are made for inch-and-a-half material. Since the proposed design may result in a door thickness beyond that, the speaker plans to cut inch-and-a-half wide strips, extending from the back of the door, to accommodate the hinges and give a finished look.

Q: What items has the speaker selected for the vertical pieces of the shed doors?
A: The speaker has chosen four pieces of lumber that appear to be the straightest for the two vertical pieces or styles of each door.

Final Notes

garden shed doors. Thank you all for your comments and suggestions on the design of the diagonal brace. After careful consideration, I have decided to simplify the design by eliminating the diagonal braces altogether. The stability and rigidity of the doors will be achieved by sandwiching the siding piece between the front and back panels.

Additionally, one of my goals was to make lighter doors compared to the current ones, which are built with two by six boards all the way around. By using the sandwiching method, the new doors will be thicker than the existing ones. To address this issue, I have reconsidered the need for the back frame on the door. I may only need the siding piece and the front trim to enhance the appearance. If the door doesn’t hang straight or bends over time, I can always add another frame behind it.

In light of the hinge compatibility problem, I have come up with a new plan. I will cut inch-and-a-half wide strips that will be attached to the sides of the door. This will provide enough space for the hinges to work properly. Furthermore, I will add trim to the top and bottom to give the doors a polished look.

I have already sorted through the lumber and selected the straightest pieces for the vertical sections of the doors. I am excited to implement this new plan and am confident that it will result in aesthetically pleasing and functional garden shed doors.

Thank you for joining me on this journey and for your continuous support and feedback. Stay tuned for the next update on my progress. Until then, have a great weekend and remember to stay safe during these challenging times.
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Ah, Happy Saturday. It may not seem like much of an event these days, but to those of us who find the weekends to be a time of leisure and creativity, Saturdays mean even more. And what better way to pass the time than to undertake a challenging and rewarding task? Traditionally, this may have taken the form of home improvement projects, such as changing the old shed door design for something more modern and eye-catching.

Yet, here in the lockdown era, my dear friend has had to come up with a different way of abusing and violating his man card. After an incoherent and odd conversation, his quest for replacing the shed door with a classic barn door, complete with vintage hinges, was put into motion. Long story short, the man card he was once proud to wield was revoked due to the sudden interest in interior design and woodwork.

Needless to say, his family and friends have been utterly baffled by his sudden interest in the project. Does he have the skills to pull it off without having to call his neighbour for help? Only time will tell. But the truth is, with the right tools and a bit of elbow grease, anyone is capable of achieving this mission and most likely without getting their man card revoked.

Regardless of the outcome, it has been surely a welcomed distraction during this ongoing period of isolation. For this Saturdays challenge, it was all about changing the shed door design, and it was indeed a success. Whether or not the man card will be given back is still to be determined, but the experience has definitely reminded us why Saturdays are so special. Even during lockdown.


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