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Forum topic by JCamp posted 07-09-2018 08:43 PM 821 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2018 08:43 PM

Last year I sold my house that I’d built myself a building from the ground up and was pretty much set up exactly how I wanted. The move was good though since it’s more ground a bigger house and a large “garage” that had been converted to livable space. The “garage” will eventually be converted back but for now I’d like to turn the 14×24 area in the back into my shop. This will require a few new projects to around the shop #1- I’m wanting a set of doors out the back of the shop for me to move the saw and projects. I’ve looked at garage doors and while that would work I like the idea of double doors. I can get a garage door for around $300+ or double door for closer to $500. All those sound high. I’m considering building my own set of double doors out of wood. Any one have suggestions for this? #2- for my work bench I’m using some old base kitchen cabinets that’ll need painted along with the walls. Probably just white paint. Should I spray it all or roll/brush it on? Considering something like rustolum gloss white #3- bench top… it’s 12ft long with a 4ft base cabinet on each side. I’m thinking about using 2×6 white pine for the top (with the 6inch side laying flat). That will leave a 4ft space in between them. Will the 2×6s flex enough that I should have a brace or something in the middle?
Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 07-10-2018 01:00 PM

just for the doors – I made a pair of 8’x8’ barn-style doors on tracks
that had windows in them and suited my needs. if you need smaller doors,
you could certainly make them to fit your building. (that was in S.E. Georgia).
painting: Should you spray it all or roll/brush it on? totally up to you: your skill level,
tools on hand and how much time you have to do it.
I am thinking that if the 2×6 lumber is securely fastened on each end to the base cabinets,
it will not bow in the middle. put a sheet of 1/2 or 3/4” MDF on top for the work surface.
when it needs replacing, just unscrew it and flip it over. (very economical).

-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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#2 posted 07-10-2018 04:02 PM

The first thing I’d do is check local salvage yards and ReStores for a set of french doors. Often you can find something really cheap there, and you can easily adapt the opening to fit whatever you find. They’ll even come with trim, windows, and such already in place. Some will have side lights too.

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#3 posted 07-10-2018 08:04 PM

Base cabinets are usually 34-1/2” high. Add 2×6’s on top and a 3/4” top will raise the height to 40-3/4”, a little high for a workbench. I would put 2 layers of MDF across the top of the cabinets and add a couple of 2×4’s under the top and in between the cabinets. The cabinets don’t need to be located exactly at the ends of the 12’ span; they can be moved together as much as 6” from each end.

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#4 posted 07-11-2018 11:09 AM

Thanks for the advice so far. I’d prefer swinging doors instead of a sliding bard door just due to the fact that it seems like barn doors are hard to seal up to keep weather and critters out. I also live in the boondocks so there’s no restore places under a hour and a half from me that’s why I’m leaning towards just building my own.
As far as painting I’ve painted on cars a little with a hplv gun but never tried using it on interior gloss paint so I might give it a go since I hate brushing paint on
Also I will probably build the top of the bench up about 4 inches or so just due to it being so short (at least to me) so I can work at it for a while with my back hurting
If you all set up your shop again what would you do different?

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#5 posted 07-11-2018 09:41 PM

If you build them yourself, you will definitely appreciate them a lot more. Keep in mind exterior dorrs are typically 7/4” think. Whereas interior doors are typically 6/4 thick. If you’re gonna do it, do it right! Go with some nice soft maple doors. Use mortise and tenon joinery so you won’t have any racking problems. I would also look at draw-boring the joints.

-- Breeze

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#6 posted 07-11-2018 10:18 PM

French doors are simple. Get two doors that match, no need for special matched sets. Refurb places, secondhand places all usually have such in stock and much cheaper than retail. I have had twin doors for years, love them for the convenience and keeps the a/c / heat in and no critters.

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