Barn Door in Lieu of Rent

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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 04-24-2018 02:28 PM 1213 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I are renting the rear end of a historic home that one of my wife’s best friend owns. In lieu of paying the whole months rent I told her that I would do some projects around the home for her. This door is located between the laundry room and what she calls the “Man-Cave” room.
The overall size is roughly 1 1/2” thick x 40” wide x 85 tall. I used construction grade 2×8’s for the outside frame and 1×12’s for the inner panels. Panels were glued together using dowels. The hardware is Smart Standard 8ft long kit. I was very pleased with the quality and price of the product.
The finish is some sample paint colors purchased at Sherwin-Williams. Started with Binzer Primer then selected two colors. Starting with adding the darker color of the two. After drying I sanded with 220 and worked in the destress features. Each side of the door has different colors.
The shaped features you see on the upper part of the door mimic’s a feature of an antique piece our friend has in her home. That antique piece is from the steeple at our church that is being restored. The picture of this piece is included above.

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#1 posted 04-24-2018 05:35 PM

What are the detail features at the top of the door created with – solid hardwood or? TIA Great idea and love the two color approach.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Tom Pritchard

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#2 posted 04-24-2018 09:04 PM

Hello Ron, Those pieces are just made of plywood. I started with pine and it was too fragile and broke apart. Didn’t have any hardwood. The plywood worked well. To make the part I made layout on computer printed out of shape. Glued the print on thin piece of plywood and used it as a template so I could use a flush trim router bit to trim to size. The inside angle, I made by using a 45 deg router bit with guide bearing. The rest was hand sanding and a little wood filler. Thanks for your response.

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#3 posted 04-25-2018 12:37 AM

That is very nicely done. That would cost a pretty penny to have made and installed by a contractor. You are a good tenant to have around! GREAT Job !!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 04-28-2018 07:20 PM

Wonderful barn door

Love bard doors they can be used in so many areas of the home

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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