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How to add a sliding door to your coop

Yesterday, I got my Add-a-Motor electric door motor in the mail. Just one small problem, the Add-a-Motor system only works with sliding coop doors, and I have a swinging door. So I had to add a sliding door onto the back of my coop door.

First things first, I had to cut a small, square (ish) hole in the back wall of my coop that is a little bit smaller than my 10″x11″ plywood coop door. Cutting a square with a jigsaw is no easy feat, but this is square enough since I’ll be covering it up with a wooden frame in a few minutes…

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Next step, frame the bottom and sides of the square with 1″x2″s:

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Next I placed 3″-wide strips of plywood over these to create the “pocket” for the door to slide up and down in.

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The last thing I did was add some horizontal 1″x2″x to “fortify” my door and make it less accessible to critters and other things. It also made it look much neater and sturdier.

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The last thing I’ll do is sand it down smooth and paint it white or red to match the rest of the coop. It took me less than 2 hours to add the door, and I used all scrap wood.

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