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Wide hardwood barn doors

Amassing an Audience
Amassing an Audience

Two barn doors were joined together to slide in one direction and cover a wide entryway.





The project


This has to be one of my favourite builds. I have always wanted to build a barn door and now I can’t wait to make more. I used 130mm x 14mm timber with tongue and groove joins. I put a bead of glue along each groove and joined the whole door together with clamps, leaving it to dry overnight.




Next step was to cut the door square to the correct height. I used an Ozito plunge saw, but a simple circular saw along a straight edge would work fine too. Another way is to cut the correct lengths before gluing, but it can be difficult to line the boards up later.


For the top layer, I used 14mm Silver Top timber tongue and groove, but I cut both sides of the timber and removed the grooves, leaving a nice square edge. I glued and fixed all the planks with a Brad Nailer. I nailed from the back as well so I didn't have to screw and then use putty to cover the holes.


Hanging the tracks is not as complex as it looks once you know the heights and measurements. For this space, the door needed to be in one piece as there is only one way to slide. I made two doors and then joined them from the back when I hung them so they slide as one door. The door is 2.3m high and 2.0m wide.




More barn door projects


Riley also made this barn door and created a diagonal design by cutting and aligning MDF pieces.




Workshop member GeoffB built these barn doors for a cafe to screen an unused entrance and create a rustic feature.




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