RV Garage doors

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Project by Upontheridge posted 04-30-2020 01:57 AM 579 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and built this garage over the past year. We had originally planned to leave the RV door section open but decided it made the whole building look unfinished. Since the opening would not work for a traditional rollup garage door I decide to design and build my own doors. Each doors is 13.5 high and 6 feet wide. The framing started out a 2×12 Southern Yellow Pine that was then ripped in half as I could not get SYP in a 2×6. SYP was then planned on both sides and jointed on each edge to square up all the corners and smooth out the lumber. Several people recommended that I use poplar but i could not find popular in 2×6 or 2×12 size in a 14” or more length. I used floating tenons made from some of 3/4 thick white oak flooring that I planned down to 1/2 thick and then rounded over all the edges with a router. The tenons were 2.25 wide and 5 inches long. Mortises were cut with a plunge router. I dry fit everything and then glued and piped clamped everything together. 4 panels of 3’ x 8.75’ were then glued and screwed to the back. I then ran an ogee router bit around all the inside framing edges. Two 6’ foot sections of Piano style hinges were attached to each door. The hinges were made of stainless steel and had 2” flanges. Hinges were attached to the garage walls with 4 1/2 inch timberlok screws. It was a big project but they turned out pretty well. The SYP was not perfectly straight but I hid the bow behind the center overlap board.

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#1 posted 04-30-2020 02:24 AM

Great lookin door

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 04-30-2020 02:38 AM

Great looking result.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 04-30-2020 03:12 AM

very nice!

-- Jack

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#4 posted 04-30-2020 03:10 PM

That is great! Nice job!

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#5 posted 04-30-2020 03:37 PM

No insulation value but being in NC you probably don’t need it.
Looks good.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 05-01-2020 12:41 PM

Thanks for the Kudos. It was a big project and I was a bit nervous as to how it would all hold together but the floating tenons seem to be doing their job, no sag at this point in the doors or the walls/hinges holding up the doors. The RV storage side is not insulated so yes the doors are not insulated either. The standard metal garage doors to the right are insulated as well as the walls and ceilings.

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