French Barn Doors

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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 01-28-2018 10:49 PM 1264 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The rough sawn barn doors are done. I call them ‘Portes de Grange’. Which is French for ‘barn doors’ since they will be hung in a pair making them French Barn Doors.

I started with rough 1 inch white and red oak boards. I trimmed them to length then used my clamping 100 inch straightedge to rip one straight side. I just had to turn the board and rip to final width.

The doors were to be 36” wide when done. I ripped enough stock for 38-1/2”. After I cut 1/2” x 1/2” rabbets on both sides, the final width was achieved.

I cut wide but shallow rabbets on the top and bottom edges with a circular saw and powered handplane. I jointed one side of the upper and lower cleats to make sure they met flush with the boards.

I drilled the cleats for two #12 wood screws per board and screws them on the doors. I was sure to pre-drill the cleats and boards since this oak was very hard. I also made sure I allowed for wood movement and used soap as a lubricant for the screws.

After sanding with 80 grit sandpaper on my belt sander, they were ready for the owners to finish and hang.

More photos:

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 01-28-2018 11:31 PM

nice work I love rustic wood work.if possible post some pics after they are installed,id love to see them in place.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Lee Scott

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#2 posted 01-29-2018 12:07 AM

Nice work mate, i see your using the clamped straight edge: would you recommend?

-- "Once you stop learning, you start dying" - Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 01-29-2018 01:53 AM

Lee Scott,

I like this straightedge. I have a 100” and a 50” version. They are great for cutting sheet goods as well as straightening boards.

I looked on and they have the 99” size. I maybe mistaken about mine. It maybe 99”.

This straightedge is not like most straightedges of this size…. IT’S ONE PIECE. NOT TWO.

Here is a close up of the end:

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#4 posted 01-29-2018 12:32 PM

These are very cool doors and beautiful wood. I’m sure their new owners will love them!!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#5 posted 01-29-2018 02:30 PM

You did a very nice job on these barn doors.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-29-2018 02:56 PM

Very Nice and Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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