how to build sliding barn doors

sliding barn doors
Tools Needed
1 Wood Glue
2 Wood Filler
3 Saw
4 Measuring Tape
5 1 pack of 1 ¼ screws (trim head)
6 6 1”X8”X8' boards
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Materials Needed
1 Wood Stain
2 Sanding Block
3 3 1”X1”X8' boards
4 Polyurethane
5 Drill
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Total Cost
$100-$200
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Estimated Time
4-6 Hours
Skill Level: Expert
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Project Overview

sliding barn door

Sometimes it makes since to save a little money and try to preform a task on your own. If you are looking to save then you might want to try building your sliding barn doors from home. There is no doubt that the task will take up some of your time but if you are working on a budget then this might be the best choice for you.

You will need to make a trip to the hardware store to make sure that you have all the supplies needed. Once you have everything, you are ready to get started. Don't worry, with the right tools and direction you are sure to have your sliding door built and functioning just the way you would like.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Measure and Cut

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To get started you will want to measure and cut the lumber. On the 1”X8” board you need five pieces that are each 84” in length. You will also need to cut three pieces that are 29 ¼ inches long. Next, you need to use the 1”X4” board to cut two pieces each 84” in length. You will need to set aside the other 1”x4” board that you have to use later.

You should always measure two times before cutting and make sure that you use safety glasses. These glasses help to keep your eyes protected while you are cutting and small pieces of board are flying around.

2

Arrange Boards And Start Assembling

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Take the five pieces of 1”X8”x84” that you cut and place them all side by side. Making sure that the pieces touch completely and are all even with the height. Now, you can take the two pieces of 1'X4'X84” and place one on each side of the 1'X8'X84”.

Now you need to place wood glue on the outside of the  1'X4” and place this piece flush on the top side of the 1”X8” to basically make a border around your sliding barn door. Now you need to use the trim head screws that you have in order to secure the two boards together. Space the screws out. Making five rows of two on each row of the board you are securing. Be sure not to split the word by over forcing the screws. When this one is complete do the same with the other 1'X4”X84” and the 1”X8”x84” boards.

3

Placing The 1”X8”X29 1/4” Boards

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Now you need to place the other three boards. These will run between the boarders that you just made to secure all the boards together. Wood glue these boards and then secure them with screws just as you did with the other boards. When securing these however, make sure that you get at least four screws in each of the three boards you are installing these across. Place one of the boards at the top of the door and the other at the bottom of the sliding door.

For the third piece of board you will need to measure 34” down from the doors top and then make a small pencil mark. This needs to be done on the left, as well as the right side, of the door. After the mark has been made you can now place wood glue on the third board. You will want to place the top of this board where you drew the lines when you measured. Finally screw this board in.

4

Making The X Pattern

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You can now start making the X pattern. To do this you need to place the other 1'X4” board that you have across your sliding barn door's bottom half. You should line the edges of the board up with the cross piece sections and the bottom corners.

Take a straight edge and use a pencil to mark a line on the 1'X4” board that will match the angle of the cross-piece and bottom sections. This will provide you with the angle for the cuts that you need to make. Line the saw up with the marks that you made and cut the board.

Now you can use wood glue on the piece, fit it into place, and then screw. For the cross of the X pattern use the board that you have remaining. You need to line it up and use the straight edge to draw a line where the board should be cut, so that it doesn't overlap the board that you just placed. Cut and then fit this board into place. Do this with the left over piece until you have the whole X pattern is fit. Glue these boards and put them in place. Finally screw them down and your pattern should be complete.

Conclusion

You should take the wood filler and place it into all the holes that were created as you placed the screws. Use the tube of filler to dab a bit in each hole and then smooth it out. When the filler has dried completely it is time to sand the whole door down. You should always sand with the grain.

Once sanding is complete, you can stain the door. When staining use a rag and go with the grain of the wood as well. Make sure to stain and sand both sides of the door. When the stain is done drying you can apply the polyurethane using a paintbrush.

Install any door hardware that you desire and your sliding barn door will be complete. If you want double sliding barn doors then you can use double the wood and make a second door. Other than that all that is left is to install them where you desire.

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Questions And Answers

How much is a sliding barn door?
A sliding barn door could cost as little as $200 or even a bit less for the simplest doors. However, some sliding barn doors could be around $1,000.
Do barn doors lock?
The barn doors that are single-hung aren’t supposed to lock. However, there are many barn doors that can have locks installed into them or that already come with a lock on them.
Are Barn Doors easy to open?
Yes, they are. Barn doors a very easy to open. You will simply slide the door back and forth on the track to the opened and closed positions. These are probably one of the easiest doors to open there is no need to turn a handle.
How do you make a sliding barn door?
First, you will need to measure the opening. Then, pick the material that you want to use for your door and cut it to size. You will need to install the track and all hardware. Once everything has been installed you can hang the door on to the track.
What is the average price of a barn door?
The price of a barn door can be quite the range. However, the average cost for this type of door would range from around $250 to $1,000.
What keeps a sliding barn door from swinging?
A sliding door is prevented from swinging because of the bottom track. The bottom track keeps the bottom door in a straight line, preventing damage to walls and the baseboards as the door is opened and close. These tracks are found on glass, as well as wooden, barn doors.
Do the rails always come with the barn door?
No, barn doors do not always include the rails. You should check what is included with the purchase before you buy to ensure that the rails will or will not be part of your purchase.
How can I lock my sliding glass door?
There are locks on sliding glass doors. However, you can also put a dowel into the bottom track of the door and this will keep the door from budging even if someone gets through the lock.
what is the best color for a barn door?
There is not one specific color that is best for your barn door. If you are going to paint the door, just be sure to get fade resistant paint.
How do you install a pocket door?
The opening will need to be cut first. You will then make the door’s frame. After you have done these two steps, you can install the pocket door into that opening.
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Double Sliding Barn Doors

Sliding barn doors, doors that slide on a track above the door opening, are an excellent way to add convenience and style to a room. The general rustic feel of barn doors can also be adapted when you double up because the material can mimic the typical flat doors easier. When you choose double sliding barn doors, because of space concerns or because you just want to, you get double the benefits. The most immediate reason why you would want to install double sliding barn doors is space. Sliding barn doors must necessarily be larger than the door space, so if you’ve got a particularly large space to cover, it might not be practical to hang only one sliding barn door—hence, the use of double sliding barn doors. The finish on double sliding doors is usually smoother and more refined than those on the more rustic single doors often seen in use. Double sliding barn doors are no more challenging to choose or install than single sliding barn doors, so if that’s what you want, enjoy the decision. read more

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Full Kit Barn Door

Barn doors have become increasingly popular with homeowners, particularly for small rooms where a swinging door takes up valuable floor space. Additionally, they can function as features, drawing the eye to a particular area and adding character to a home. A full kit barn door helps simplify the process of installing a barn door in your home. By purchasing a full kit barn door, you don’t have to track down the individual pieces you need to have a functional door. Instead, you’ll have everything at your fingertips along with a comprehensive set of instructions to help you with the full installation. In some cases, portions of the process may even be completed for you, such as the door hardware already being attached. This allows you to move forward quickly, saving you time. read more

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Interior Barn Doors

Many homes will have the most basic looking builder grade interior doors available. However, that does not need to be the case for your home because you could get doors for the inside of your home that provide you with many different looks. The best option for doing this is by installing interior barn doors. These allow you to have just about any style in your home that you want to have. As we review the following “looks” consider each and visualize how it fits your home. Thinking about the looks mentioned above, you may now see that the interior barn doors are just the right option for the rooms in your home. The interior barn door has come a long way from its original use, and namesake, which was generally overly rustic to the new trendy material used in designer homes. read more

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