There was once a sad, neglected shed in the back corner of a lot in the Carter Creek area in Bryan TX. The previous owner neglected this shed and now the existing doors were unusable. We pulled out the rotting double door (that was an interior door) and replaced it with a single 36″ wide steel door.
Identifying the Problem
Ok…That’s a little tongue-in-cheek in this situation. The new owner of this house has been slowly fixing things and upgrading things to suit her taste since she bought a nice older home in Bryan. Great house, nice neighborhood but like any older home it’s time for some renovation and maintenance to make it last another 60 years.
This shed, although an eye-sore, wasn’t a huge priority. Therefore, we focused on some interior improvements to the main house first. But when the owner could no longer access her garden shed because of this door, the priority level was bumped up.
We decided to replace the door with an inexpensive steel door and replace the siding on only one side of the barn. . Replacing all the siding will come at a later date.
Sometimes budget dictates the scope of work that you can afford to do. We get that. By breaking this project down we could do the door and one side now, then at a later date go back and replace the rest of the siding. We also offer six-month zero interest payment plans through PayPal Credit. Get those essential home repairs done without cleaning out the emergency fund.
New Door, New Siding, Fresh Paint
A new door, new siding, and a fresh coat of high quality paint. This job only took about 3 days from start to finish. The home owner did decide to splurge in one area; installing a Kwikset Key Pad Lock. Key pad locks allow you to use a code to unlock the door with out a key. No more walks of shame back inside to get your keys! I love them and the added convenience is worth the upgrade.
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It has been a while since we posted anything about our barn doors! We build custom wood barn doors and offer installation services for Bryan, College Station, Caldwell, Brenham, and the rest of the Brazos Valley. Here’s some of our recent barn door projects.
Baby Boy’s Nursery in Bryan
This is the first full bypass barn door system we’ve done. With the limited space of this bedroom there simply wasn’t room for a traditional out-swing closet door, so barn doors to the rescue. We installed a full length header to support the weight of the doors. Our standard practice is to stain this to match the doors.
These doors are a 42″ K-Brace stained in Weathered Wood. To order yours click here.
Kitchen Pantry Barn Door in College Station
While I’d love to take credit for this Kitchen Remodel, that credit goes to my friend Buck the Builder. He contacted me to build a coordinating barn door for a pantry in a hallway. A regular door would have blocked access to the hall when it was open. With a barn door you wont impede traffic getting your Pop-Tart while everyone rushes out the door on their way to school and work.
This is a 30″ mid-bar design on our standard 6.6ft track. The header was left a contrasting color to tie into the kitchen. Getting the right color for this door was a little bit of a challenge. We mixed and matched a few different colors to get the effect that our customer wanted. To order yours click here.
A Desperately Needed Shop Door Facelift
The garage door on my shop was literally disintegrating. One day, half of it fell off the track, and almost ruined one of our custom projects. It was scary but my chiropractor appreciated the extra visit. An over head door is really just in the way in a small shop so barn doors it is. Technically in this application they are double carriage doors. My wife picked out the X-brace design and we took out the eye sore of a garage door, framed out a jamb and installed these. Still need to get it all painted…
We bought this property a little over a year ago. I forgot how bad this place looked when we bought it. There’s still an overwhelming amount to do, but we’re making progress. You however don’t have to suffer through a long, live-in-flip. You can hire Dailey Woodworks to renovate your home in a quick painless manner :-).
These doors are 42″ X-Brace Doors, mounted with common gate hardware. Be sure to follow us on Facebook so you can see the finished product.
Getting Barn Doors for Your Home is Easy
On our barn door order page we have upfront pricing on our standard sizes, colors, and installation service. We can custom build almost any size from barn-door-baby-gates, to massive over-size barn doors in a variety of styles. We’ll build your barn doors and have them installed in just a week or two from your order date.
Barn Doors also make for great farmhouse style headboards. To order yours click here.
Everyone wants their money’s worth. It doesn’t matter if its lunch or a new kitchen; we want good quality at a good value. Here at Dailey Woodworks, we are the same way. We want the best materials possible at the best price possible to provide our customers the best value overall. That’s why we’re now spending $15 more per sheet of plywood.
For the last few years I’ve been buying one type of plywood for my custom dog kennels, one type of plywood for my shop projects, another for cabinetry, and another for stain grade work. Here’s the thing; this leaves me with a small mountain of off cuts and scraps that I can’t really use. Waste. I tried various ways to organize and use it; however, mixing BC, Birch, Oak, and Radiata offcuts together for a finished product isn’t a good option. You’re paying Dailey Woodworks for a high-quality end product, not for a hodgepodge of scrap lumber. So every couple of weeks, I’d load up my small mound of offcuts and take it to the dump. I probably throw away $300-$500 of good material every month, if not more, because I just don’t have the room to store it.
Discovering Purebond Hardwood Plywood
For my interior cabinet work, I have been using Common Birch from my local lumber yard. It’s a decent paint grade material that provides a good value. But I really don’t like working with it. The dust generated really irritates my allergies, even with my dust collection system.
Recently, I started a laundry room renovation in Bryan, TX. We started with storage/water heater cabinet refacing. (Refacing is keeping the cabinet box, painting or replacing the face frame, and installing new doors. This is about 1/2 the cost of new cabinets (See our Budget Kitchen Transformation Article to learn more).) My client decided to add a couple of pull out drawers for better access. Our standard drawer boxes are clear coated 1/2 birch plywood with captive 1/4 birch bottom. They are strong, look great, and are inexpensive.
Since my normal lumber yard was 20 minutes away, I decided to go to the nearest lumber yard and pick up what I thought was the same but more expensive product. It was advertised as “Purebond.” I’ve heard a few of my favorite Youtube Woodworkers talk about it and liking it. The cynic in me just assumed they were getting sponsored to say that. I’ll be darned! (keeping it kid friendly here) It’s good stuff!
The first thing I noticed was that the faces were thicker and looked better than what I normally used. The biggest difference was in milling it to size. NO ALLERGY IRRITATION! It smelled a lot better, too. Looks better, smells better, less irritation… that’s all great but is it really $10-15 a sheet better? I finished up my pull outs with a few coats of lacquer and installed them. We were waiting on my cabinet doors to come in so I loaded up and headed home.
I had about a half sheet left so I put it on my scrap cart that was already overflowing with the various other products I use thinking, “Wow! This “Purebond” stuff really looks better and mills very well, maybe I should look into this?”
Making the Switch
Using my magic rectangle that contains all of the knowledge known to man, I quickly discovered why I should start using Purebond exclusively. The main birch I had been using is imported from China, contains formaldehyde, and is made under questionable manufacturing practices. Purebond Birch Plywood (I can order it with basically in any wood), is made in the USA, uses Soy-Based Adhesives, and poplar wood cores. Basically, both you and I can find out everything we want to know about Purebond plywood because Columbia Forest Products is proud of it, unlike the old product I was using. I could only get an “I don’t know, we just order it from our supplier” when I asked about where my old lumber yard got their “cabinet grade material.”
Here’s the facts: Purebond is made in North America, from American sourced raw materials, It uses a Soy-Based formaldehyde-free adhesive during the manufacturing process, is both LEED and CARB compliant, and is a winner of the EPA’s Greener Synthetic Pathways Challenge. Which would you rather have in your home? Which would you rather use to store your food? Which would I rather work with almost every day? Exactly.
Standardizing to Increase Value for My Customers
While all the benefits of switching to Purebond are obvious, there was still the extra price to swallow or pass on to my customers. But what if there was a better way?
I’m all into learning and applying Lean Manufacturing Philosophy to my life and business. You can see some of the improvements I make in my “Lean Improvements” blog category. The overarching principle of Lean is to eliminate waste. Remember that $300-500 of material I throw away every month because I don’t have room to store it? The solution is to apply one of the core tenants of Lean: Standardize. Standardize applies to the way I get dressed, to the way I build dog kennel, and to the materials I use.
Instead of stocking four types of plywood, what if I just used one? I had been using various plywoods because I thought that it was better to sometimes use a $30 plywood for one type of product and other times use a $55 plywood for another product. Then I ran some numbers. By standardizing across the full scope of my business, I can utilize offcuts and leftover materials exponentially better. If I have 1/4 sheet left over from a project, I can use it on the next project, no matter what it is, because I’ll be using the same product on the next project. In fact, not only do you get a better finished product but I end up saving money in materials overall.
You may be wondering; “yeah but what if I want walnut cabinets?” Well, the answer to that is “yes, please, I love walnut.” Instead of spending a large fortune on walnut plywood for the entire project, we can strategically use our standard Purebond Birch Plywood with Purebond Walnut Veneer Plywood on the end panels and visible sections. Value, Looks, and Quality. Boom! Mic Dropped!
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This doorway was a challenge. The entry to an older home in Bryan, TX was a massive door that, unfortunately, was damaged beyond repair. Years of rain, Texas heat, and, most recently, a beating from Hurricane Harvey had caused the old wooden door to swell, crack, and begin to fail at the joints. We set about replacing the door and rebuilding the entryway.
My clients chose a door from our door supplier and we installed it when the door arrived a few weeks later. The old entryway had no insulation and I can imagine that in full summer heat or winter chill, you would feel the draft walking by. We completely tore out the old framing, built new framing, installed the door, added insulation, closed it back up, and painted it.
The finished result really boosted the curb appeal of this home. In fact, the homeowners loved it so much that I’m going back to replace a few more doors for them in the next couple of weeks. We originally painted the door and surround in Doe Skin by Kelly Moore but since both of the homeowners are professors at Texas A&M University, it just wasn’t right without some Aggie Maroon.