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My wife and I just put an offer on a 1930 brick two story home with a detached garage. The garage has sliding doors that are in bad shape and in need of replacement. I will probably not attempt to build them myself for time reasons but would love to see some plans if anyone has some. I'm also wondering where you can buy garage door openers for this style door? Any ideas guys?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-28-2011, 08:02 AM
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Ken I have built many of these and I use a simple method.
I use 4 sheets of 3/8: ply and 2" x 6" s for horizontals and verticals. Since they hang, all the forces are down rather than diagonal.

Cut your 2 verticals (2 of the 3 required) for the lefts and right sides. Cut your 2 horizontals, top and bottom, to fit in between the verts. Cut your final vertical to fit on the seam between the 2 plys and between. Square up the frame and remeasure everything.

Carefully locate the 2 plywood pieces on the frame with the seam centered on the middle vertical. Recheck for square and fasten.

Get help and flip the whole thing over and fasten the remaining 2 plywood pieces onto the frame members,again centering the seam on the middle vertical. I use deck screws. I have made them 8' x 8' square with no issues. I use straight? pressure treated 2" x 6" s for the frames. Then stain or paint. The rough sawn works for me and the 3/8" thickness keeps it light in weight. You can use thicker and saw cut it vertically for a board on board look if you want or add thin battens on top. BTW 2 doors made like this should take about 1/2 day to construct, so not a great deal of time required.

I have 3 sliders on 2 tracks, the center one bypasses and they are 8' x 8', 2 x 6 PT perimeter frame, center vertical on the 4' centerline and a diagonal brace between. They are faced on both sides with 3/8 exterior plywood rough sawn. Yes they are heavy, 4 sheets of 4 x 8 3/8 ply, but being double faced resist the tendency to warp.

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Nuthin like the sound of a heavy 'ole slider being open'd for the morning fog burns off.BW

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Originally Posted by BigBull View Post
You can get this model for several styles of doors.

OH, wait a minute ............Yep!.............That's what he said!

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In fine woodworking tools and shop annual issue winter 2011 there was an article about building your own swing out garage door. The article was called turn your garage into a real workshop
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