How to Build a Shed Door Made with Plywood (Step-by-Step)

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Doors are one of the most important aspects of a shed, as they provide security and access to the contents inside. 

A well-made door will also be weatherproof and durable, able to withstand heavy use. If you want an easy and affordable way to make one, I’ve got some handy steps to walk you through how to build a shed door with plywood.

Building Your Plywood Shed Door

One of the great things about using plywood for your shed door is that it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to work with. 

In addition, plywood is an excellent choice for a shed door because it’s strong and resistant to water and rot. Before you begin building your door, you’ll need to gather the following supplies:

Tools You Need

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Once you have all your supplies, you’re ready to start building! Here are the steps you’ll need to follow:

1. The first step is to cut the two sheets of plywood down to the size you want for your door. For example, we’re going to make it 80″ wide and 72″ tall. Once the sheets are cut to size, use a drill and 1/8″ drill bit to make pilot holes along all four edges of each plywood sheet.

Also Read: Drill Bit Size for 1/8 NPT Tap

This will make it easier to attach the sheets together later on. 

2. Next, line the two sheets of plywood up edge to edge. Make sure that the plywood’s good side (the side you want facing out) is facing down. Then, use 2″ screws to attach the sheets together along the edges.

Be sure to countersink the screws so they’re flush with the surface of the wood. Repeat this process until all four sides are attached. I suggest using a countersink bit for this step. 

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3. Now, it’s time to cut the pieces for the door frame. Suppose you’re using 1×2 lumber for the frame. Cut two pieces that are 80″ long and two pieces that are 72″ long. Then, use a drill and 1/5″ drill bit to make pilot holes along all four edges of each piece.

4. Next, take the four pieces of lumber and line them up edge to edge. Then, use 2″ screws to attach the pieces together along the edges. Just like earlier, ensure to countersink the screws, so they’re flush with the wood’s surface. Repeat this process until you attach all four sides. 

5. Now, it’s time to attach the frame to the plywood panel. Line up one edge of the frame with one edge of the plywood panel, then use 1 ½” screws to bind them together. 

Repeat this process along the other three edges of the frame until it’s securely attached to the plywood panel. 

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6. Next, take your hinges and cut them depending on your door size. Once they’re cut, use the drill land 1/”drill bit to pilot holes through the hinges to the side of the door frame where they will amount.

Finally, use the 2″ screws to attach the hinges to the door frame and securely mount them in place.

Pro Tip: You can also use countersink bits to make pilot holes for a more professional look. 


Is it ideal to use plywood for a shed door?

Yes, it is ideal to use plywood for a shed door. Plywood is a versatile material that offers strength, durability, and ease of installation. It is readily available, relatively affordable, and can withstand different weather conditions when properly treated. 

Just make sure to use the correct type. You’ll want to use plywood rated for exterior use with a minimum thickness of 3/4″. Seal all the joints and edges with a good quality sealant or caulk [1] to prevent water damage.

Also Read: The Best Wood Filler for Doors 


Whether you’re an experienced DIYer or just starting out, I hope this guide helped you learn how to build a shed door with plywood.

Before you start, make sure to follow all safety precautions when working with power tools and predrill pilot holes, especially when attaching anything together with screws.

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Robert Johnson is a passionate furniture maker & carpenter, sought after for his knowledge on the craft.
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