Sliding Barn Door

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Project by Greg Sherman posted 06-12-2017 02:45 PM 3143 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks,
I had a chance to build a sliding barn door a few weeks ago and installed it today. This was not a reclaimed door, this door is 21 pieces of kiln dried Pine. Each and every board has either a half lap joint, mortise and tenon or a tongue and groove joint. The door is 96” x 40” x 1 1/2”. I wanted to leave the door in a rough and used state – so I left many of the tooling marks and rough spots from mill. I added some “old school” square head bolts and large metal washers that were once metal flowers shaped like a shallow bowls. I purchased all the raw metal, except the wheels, from a local supplier and fabbed the wheel hangers and main top rail. For safety I added end stops and a small piece that will not let the door “jump” in an earthquake. The door track is anchored in to the wall studs with seven 6 inch lags. The best feature on the door is the handle – an S shaped tire changing tool made by Blue Point that I heated, pounded on and reshaped in to a door handle. The pine door is finished in Dark Walnut and finished with wipe on Poly U. The metal hardware is not painted – but etched with spray on Patina, black in this case, and finished with clear lacquer. The bolts and washers were left in raw metal and cleared.
Thanks for checking out the Sliding Barn door

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#1 posted 06-12-2017 04:57 PM

Having pushed a much bigger one many times; very realistic.

Nice work and it adds a “rural ” charm to the room too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Greg Sherman

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#2 posted 06-12-2017 06:20 PM

Thx ralbuk. This was a great project – large project but still a great project.

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#3 posted 06-13-2017 12:13 AM

Great job! We just built a house and are thinking about putting barn doors all over the place. Did you put any hardware in the floor to keep it from swaying into/away from the doorway?

-- Mike H, Elkins WV

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Greg Sherman

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#4 posted 06-13-2017 02:29 PM

Many folks do but I did not put any hardware in the floor. The floor covering is carpet and I did not want to violate the carpet. If the floor was hardwood or tile – I may have thought about a track of some sort. I attached small angled pieces of Teflon to the inside face of the door (the side that faces the wall), maybe 1” thick. When the door is in the open position the two pieces rest against the base board. When the door is sliding to the closed position the forward piece of Teflon meets the base board on the other side of the opening and rests there. So not really captured, but not scratching up the walls/baseboard either. One final thought – the door is two inches wider than the opening.

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#5 posted 06-13-2017 03:19 PM

You have done a very nice job on this sliding door.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Greg Sherman

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#6 posted 06-13-2017 03:26 PM

Thank you sir.

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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