Step 14: Install the Front Doors

Mark Powers fastening the front doors onto his trash shed
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Install a 30-inch piano hinge between the pairs of doors, knuckle facing the inside framing. Rest each bifold door on a scrap piece of siding as you attach it to the inside edges of the opening, thus leaving a ¾-inch gap at the base. Use two 4-inch door hinges on each side.

Attach a scrap 2x4 near the top of each door framing with a single 2½-inch screw. When the doors are closed, lift the lids to spin these blocks behind the front crosspiece and lock the doors.
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    Tools List

    • framing square
      Framing square
    • speed square
      Speed Square
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • finish hammer
      Hammer with nailset

    Shopping List

    2x4 to frame the shed and build the doors. Get eleven 8-foot boards.

    1x6 tongue-and-groove siding. Pick up prestained boards or stain them yourself before installation. Get enough to cover about 75 square feet.

    1 ¼x6 pressure-treated decking to frame the doors and lid. Get seven 8-foot boards.

    Construction adhesive to glue the sheathing.

    4-inch door hinges to attach each lid and the bifold doors to the framing. Get 10. Continuous (piano) hinges to create the bifold doors. Get two stainless steel 30-inch hinges.

    3½-inch stainless-steel deck screws

    2½-inch stainless-steel deck screws

    1 5/8-inch stainless-steel deck screws

    1 5⁄8-inch stainless-steel siding nails