Your Guide to Building a Framed Ledged and Braced Shed Door

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If you’re thinking of building a more durable shed door, then a framed ledged and braced shed door is an excellent choice. Compared to a basic ledged and braced door, a framed-ledged and braced shed door features thick vertical frame members on each edge of the door, which gives it additional strength to resist unwanted entrants levering it open. Moreover, it helps prevent the door from warping.

Traditionally, mortise and tenon joints are used to build framed ledged and braced doors. In this case, we’ll teach you how to make one without using mortise and tenon joints instead.

Framed Ledged and Braced Shed Door Dimensions

There aren’t fixed dimensions for making a shed door. The maximum width for a single leaf is around 900mm. When it comes to the height of the door, there are also no fixed dimensions. For the clearance between the door and frame, an allowance of at least 10mm all around between the edge of the door should give you enough tolerance for seasonal movement of the timber.

How to Make a Framed Ledged and Braced Door

Making a framed ledged and braced door without mortise and tenon joints lie on the timber screw. Timber screws are long, large-diameter screws with a self-drilling point, which means they don’t need to be pre-drilled. They require strong torque to install them, such as with a power drill.

Now, to make the timber connections you need to keep in mind that the connections of the frame members are made with two screws per joint. The joint is strengthened more by not having the two screws parallel.

If you will use a long throw lock to secure the shed door, it’s best to use a 4×2 for the vertical member on the opening edge. With this, you get the extra width that will give you the necessary space you need to accommodate the body of the lock.

When it comes to the timber door braces, it’s essential to have at least one of the framed ledged and braced shed door braces slope up from the hinge. Another thing you can do is to supply the braces loose and have them fixed in position when the door is installed. However, the installer must know which way the braces should go.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide:

  1. Cut the frame members to length. Screw some lengths of timber to two perpendicular edges to ensure the door is square.
  2. Use a drill to install the timber screws at a slight angle to the frame to achieve the dovetail effect.
  3. Use hot-dip galvanized nails to secure the planks to the door frame.
  4. Make sure the braces are pointing up from the hinge. Secure them into the frame with a timber screw and then nail them to the cladding from the front.


Building your framed ledged and braced shed door isn’t too difficult. This type of shed door is a great choice because it’s stronger than a basic ledged and braced door. With the information we’ve shared, building a framed ledged and braced shed door will be such a breeze!

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