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Sliding Barn Door

Kelsey Cahill

Give your home the Farmhouse with a sliding barn door. Not only are they ascetically pleasing, but are a great solution for small spaces. Since they slide against the wall, you don’t have to worry about a door swinging open and being in the way. This was the problem that I had in my small home. As I would walk down the hallway I’d constantly be navigating through a maze of doors. That’s when I realized that a barn door would resolve this problem and created plans for everyone to do the same. The PDF plans, which will be posted soon, include a material cut list, a list of necessary tools & hardware, assembly directions, and dimensions.

Helpful tips: Always work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always pre-drill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

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Shopping List

To get the reclaimed barn door look, check out seller’s marketplaces for some old barn wood or go to your local hardware store and purchase your desired lumber. Also, I have provided links below to purchase all the necessary hardware.

Tools

Here is a list of all the tools I recommended. If you don’t have a specific tool, for your connivence I have provided links to purchase each item.

Instructions

Step

Cut all the boards to the specified dimensions. Next, use the jointer with #20 biscuits on the center slats OR drill pocket holes with the Kregg Jig indicated in the PDF plans. Apply wood glue between each board and fasten with 11/4” Kregg Screws. Clamp together while glue drys.

Note: Many of these cuts are best made as you go. Please be sure your lumber dimensions match the dimensions in the cut list. Sizing can vary depending on the moisture content.

Drill Pocket Holes
Step

Cut the center divider board. Make sure the board length is equal to the width of the slated panels. Then cut the sides. Make sure the board length equals the height of the slated panels plus the center divider. Finally, cut the top and bottom of the door. Make sure the board length equals the width of the sides plus the slated panel width.

Drill pocket holes with the Kregg Jig indicated in the PDF plans. Apply wood glue between the center divider, slated panels, and each side. Fasten center divider and sides with 21/2” Kregg Screws and fasten slated panels and sides with 11/4” Kregg ScrewsClamp together while glue drys.

 

Biscuit Joiner
Step

Connect the top and bottom boards. Drill pocket holes with the Kregg Jig indicated in the PDF plans. Apply wood glue and fasten with 21/2” Kregg Screws. Use 11/4” Kregg Screws  to fasten the top and bottom to the slated panel. Clamp together while glue drys.


Step

Cut the angled boards. Cut one end of the 1×4 at a 45 degree angle. Place the board across the slated panel and mark the next angled cut. Do this for the top and bottom.

Miter Saw
Step

Add the Sliding Barn Door Kit hardware. Please read the instructions that come with the kit.  Then screw on the Mending Plates for extra support and the Barn Door Handle. I painted mine black for a more industrial look. Fill all the kregg holes with a little wood glue and the Pocket Plugs. Sand down the door and stain as desired.

Mending Plate
Step

Hang the door. If the door is being pushed out do to your molding, just move the sliding door J brackets to the back side of the door. This will give you the extra space you need for the molding.


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