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Project by Croikee posted 09-10-2020 10:28 PM 1005 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So decided to build a barn door. To be clear, this is, by far, the biggest woodworking project I’ve ever done. The door is 100” x 51”, the doorway to the master bathroom is quite tall. Then the lightswitch is too the right, so I cut an 11’ header so the door could slide all the way past the switches.

Wood was just 1×8 common board and 1×4 common. I did a very minimal sanding, joined together with trim screws, pocket screws and wood glue. I covered the joints & screw holes with DAP wood filler (not a fan of what I used). Did two coats of primer then 3 of Ben Moore Advance, all through HVLP, my first use of my Apollo 4 stage HVLP system (and first time using HVLP period).

My feelings: There are a bunch of things I’d do differently, and a bunch of questions I still have. BUT, for my first big project, only having a mitre saw, clamps, HVLP and drill, I think it is pretty damn good. Oh, and a neumatic nailer to tack the header in place.

Total cost was about $400 for the wood, rail hardware, paint and miscellaneous. More if you include the cost of the HVLP system, but I’ll be using that lots.

So, I’m really pleased for my first big project, and also looking at other projects here realize I have a LOT LOT LOT to learn.

I am curious how you square a table like this up. Meaning, when I was glueing/screwing it together, laid down, how do you make sure it is all square? The left side sits one millimeter lower than the right. All I could think of doing was putting a board up on one end, pushing all of the 1×8s flush against it, then mounting the 1×4 on top of each end. BUT, some of the 1×8 were slightly longer from being cut at Lowes.

Anyway, for you experienced woodworkers, what do you see that you would change or do differently? Please remember, this is my FIRST project, I’m happy to learn, but also proud of how well it turned out, warts and all.

ps – my first picture is rotated 90 and I can’t figure how to change that. Thoughts?





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Desert_Woodworker

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#1 posted 09-10-2020 11:39 PM

+1 and welcome to Lumber Jocks. The rotated picture is a problem for me as well- I hope someone will post a link to fix it. Thx

-- Desert_Woodworker

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Croikee

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#2 posted 09-10-2020 11:46 PM

Ya that would be helpful for sure!

Like I said above, open to any thoughts on what I could do better next time, communicated to a brand new wood worker.

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Peteybadboy

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#3 posted 09-11-2020 10:34 AM

Croikee, welcome to lumber jocks.

To “fix a photo” down load to a pc, and crop it (even a little) and the photo will be right side up.

To square something like that I can think of two methods, one, build a right angle on a sheet of plywood, put your door on it when gluing up, if it sits in the 90 deg jig you are good to go. Two -measure corner to corner, the numbers should be the same, then glue up. Hope that makes sense

-- Petey

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Croikee

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#4 posted 09-11-2020 02:58 PM



Croikee, welcome to lumber jocks.

To “fix a photo” down load to a pc, and crop it (even a little) and the photo will be right side up.

To square something like that I can think of two methods, one, build a right angle on a sheet of plywood, put your door on it when gluing up, if it sits in the 90 deg jig you are good to go. Two -measure corner to corner, the numbers should be the same, then glue up. Hope that makes sense

- Peteybadboy

Those are both great ideas! The jig I’m most interested in. I measured from the corners, but have since realized my tape measure has some “play” in the end that can result in, you guessed it, about 1mm off measurements. Thank you!

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NTXSteve

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#5 posted 09-12-2020 02:19 PM

Remember that as long as the tape is of good quality and in good shape, the play in it is supposed to be there. It’s to take into account the difference between measuring something with the end hook hanging off a surface versus butting up against something like a wall, etc. Hopefully that makes sense. As for the jig, YouTube has lots of ideas on that. And I’d do exactly what Petey suggested.

Great job on your first project of this size. If you’re only off by 1mm by then end if it all, I’d call it a huge win!

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Croikee

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#6 posted 09-12-2020 02:51 PM



Remember that as long as the tape is of good quality and in good shape, the play in it is supposed to be there. It s to take into account the difference between measuring something with the end hook hanging off a surface versus butting up against something like a wall, etc. Hopefully that makes sense. As for the jig, YouTube has lots of ideas on that. And I d do exactly what Petey suggested.

Great job on your first project of this size. If you re only off by 1mm by then end if it all, I d call it a huge win!

- NTXSteve

Thanks! Though now I can no longer blame the tools if the tape measure is operating properly! :) :)

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