4-Step Guide on How to Build Your Own Plywood Door

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If you’ve been living with your shed for a while now, you’ve probably been fawning over how it looks from a distance when basking in the shining sun. Regardless of how small or big it is, or how tall or short it may be, a hand-built shed will always look great from any angle.

Despite how great your shed may look, you may probably start to notice the little details that go into the entire picture of what really makes it appealing. This brings up the possibility that so much more can be done with your shed. 

Whether it is the vents, base, or any other factor in the equation, there’s no telling how many possibilities there are to customize and personalize your shed. Among all the different factors worth considering, there’s one impactful detail that you can use to revamp the aesthetic appeal of the structure itself: plywood shed doors.

Why plywood doors?

While some people may be willing to spend a fortune on an elegant, but rather impractical brass door or a modern sliding door, plywood shed doors bear a certain rustic charm that’s as economical as it is authentic. Beyond pure appeal, however, they are also a beneficial fixture to invest in because of how well they can be customized to fulfill any shape or size without breaking the bank on other bespoke options. 

A step-by-step guide to building your own plywood door

If you want to switch up the appeal of your beautiful shed with a more gorgeous and natural-looking detail, here’s a four-step guide on how you can build a plywood door:

Step #1: Measure the door opening for the beginning dimensions

When starting off the entire door-building process, you’ll need to first measure the opening of the shed so that you can determine how big your blank sheet needs to be before drawing the pattern in and selling it. For a more accurate measurement, we recommend that you use a tape measure! Once you’ve got your final number, head over to your local hardware store and get some plywood and additional 1×4-inch planks (which should be enough to cover the door).

Step #2: Mark your measurements on the sheet of plywood itself and start cutting

As soon as you’ve gotten your hands on a sheet of plywood, mark the measurements for the door on the surface and start cutting around the outline with a circular saw. For a quick inspection, take your cutout and hold it up to the opening itself to see if it fits. If it doesn’t, then make your adjustments accordingly!

Step #3: Back your door up with a foundation of planks

Now that you’ve got your plywood outline, spread wood glue all on the opposite side of the surface and stick the wood planks on the back of your cut-out where the adhesive is. Clamp both sides together lightly and wait for a few hours so that the glue can set in. After a few hours, bring your fused wood pieces together and cut around the outline of the plank and help shape the planks to match the specifications of your door!

If your sawhorse can’t accommodate the entire assembly, then place your plywood outline atop a set of assembled planks that are laid out evenly and trace around the outline. By outlining with a pencil, you’ll have a set of marks that can double as your guideline when cutting the planks piece by piece!

Step #4: Paint the door, add the minor details, and install!

The very last set of steps in building your plywood door should start by sanding your wooden assembly for proper smoothness, coating it with primer, and spraying a few coats of paint in the color of your choice. Once everything’s settled, you’ll need to install L-brackets at the corners of your door with wood screws to help connect the planks together. Then, add your hinges so that you can easily install the door to the opening while making room for a doorknob at the end!  


Creating a plywood door by yourself is all about choosing the right details and building it with a proper set of steps and instructions in mind. By following the four-step guide above, you’ll end up with a dependable plywood door for your shed that you can use for many years!

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