If you just need to make a simple door, making a hinged door from plywood is the simplest door you can make, outside of hanging a sheet in the doorway. A hinged plywood door is the perfect quick fix for an exterior building that needs to be sealed, whether it be a simple shed or even a treehouse. This probably isn’t a project for first-timers, but if you’re comfortable using a circular saw and a sander, it will be a cinch. Here’s how to make your hinged door.
Measure The Door Opening And Cut Your Plywood To Fit
To figure out what size you’ll need to cut your plywood, you’ll need the measure the height and width of the door opening. As always, to get the most accurate measurements, take the measurements in three places. For the height, measure the left side of the opening, then the center, and finally, the right side. Use the smallest measurement.
Then measure the width in three places: across the top, across the middle, and across the bottom. Again, use the smallest measurement.
Then, using your circular saw, cut the sheet of plywood to fit your measurements.
Sand The Plywood
As it is rough plywood, it’s a good idea to sand your new door piece. Sand it until it is smooth and you have removed any splinters.
Treat The Wood
Since this door will likely be an exterior door, you will need to treat it with wood sealer to keep it safe from rain and other moisture. Using the paintbrush, apply at least one coat of the wood sealer. You will likely need to apply more coats, depending on the instructions of the particular sealer that you bought. Let any coats dry completely before you apply a new coat and before you move on to the next step.
(Optional) Attach Bracing
If your door is particularly large, it’s a good idea to attach braces to keep the door from buckling over time. Align the horizontal braces with the door and then attach them with deck screws. Once you’ve got two horizontal braces, attach a diagonal brace with deck screws as well.
Attach The Hinges
Once the plywood piece is dry, it’s time to attach the hinges. Attach one 4” from the top and screw in one 4” from the bottom. Attach a third hinge directly in the center of the door. If your door is over 6” tall, though, you will need to add a fourth hinge. In that case, evenly space the third and fourth hinges between the top and bottom hinges.
Attach The Door Handle
As this is a simple hinged door, a simple door handle is fine. However, you can attach one that will latch to the structure to which you’re attaching the door. It’s up to you.
(Optional) Attach Vinyl Edging
If you would like to add extra protection to the door, to guard against moisture, you can attach vinyl edging to the edges of the door.
Now your hinged door is ready to hang. Not only is making a hinged door a simple and quick way to close off an exterior building, but it also requires only basic supplies and tools. Making sure to treat it with wood sealer (and bracing, if necessary) means that with only a little effort and time, you can have a reliable door that will last.