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Today I’ll build a sliding barn door and we needing among these in our home for sometime now therefore I thought should proceed and build it. The wood that I’m utilizing for this task is eco poplar, now the best method that it ended up being explained to me personally is it’s been prepared. Basically all of the sugars and sap wood have been prepared away therefore turns this brown color therefore looks really great once it’s washed up.
So, to start I jointed one edge I’m planning one side and then I’ll just proceed and clean it on dining table saw on the other edge. This will give me personally a nice clean slate to begin with in which I can construct the boards see just what I’m working with and just visit work getting this thing built. So the door it’s going to be about seven foot tall and about 41 ins wide. So I’ve got several of these boards that I should glue up and built but I cannot do it all simultaneously.
So 1st thing I’m gonna do is construct my biscuits the door which is just what I’m doing here and some of these boards after I washed them up and they sat in shop for a little while they developed a slight twist and several them had a bow included therefore.
We wanted to make sure I had enough biscuits within therefore We laid the biscuits out every six ins and i’ll proceed and numbered these boards. So never get them confusing later on. Now to start out 1st cut that I made it ended up being just about three or four ins from the end and then it ended up being every six ins.
And reason I wanted to get every six ins ended up being just to make sure that these boards lined up in the end because as I just pointed out several them had a bow included and there ended up being some that had a slight twist inside so I want to make sure everything ended up being lined up and so I thought every six ins with the biscuits would resolve that problem therefore did. In the end We ended up being very happy the way that turned out.
So I had to be careful not to get in a big hurry when We ended up being cutting the biscuit slots so I had to make sure my biscuit joiner ended up being good and seated before We made my plunge cut. Because if you get your slots a little bit crooked or not centered it’s going to make it difficult to get everything lined up when you incomparable your glue ups.
So the next thing that I did ended up being just chamfer the sides of boards. We ended up being attempting to go for a tongue and groove feel once all boards came together which it did. We ended up being delighted the way it came out. I’d have done it a little bit various if I must do it over once again but i’ll glue these two boards, allow that dry and then glue up two many then two more.
So. It’ll be easier than attempting to glue up all seven boards at one time. So. Here’s the big glue up here. It ended up being a little bit hairy here for a little bit attempting to get everything lined up and getting the clamps in destination and all of that and I had to crawl on top of dining table to make sure the door ended up being sitting good and flush and secure against the clamps because We didn’t want a bow in my door when it ended up being all stated and done.
So the pipe clamps worked out great in this situation. Now, this video clip is supported by Rockler. So I want to say thank you to Rockler for their help. But these blue clamps that you see on the base of door they have those just what they call Surefoot and so they sit nicely available and they have a nice crank on them.
They were really really easy in a situation like this. We’m doing a door, We can see in which those Rockler clamps is handy in doing a table aswell therefore consider Rockler and the links down in description on services and products that We utilized. So now I can straighten up the ends and clean them up to get all green paint down, I’m just utilizing a door board here to get a nice clean right cut.
I want to make sure not to lose too much product because I want to keep this door since near seven foot possible therefore, I didn’t have too much to play with here, but it proved that I had adequate. So, now i’ll add a piece of wood on base and one on top and include a diagonal piece across the whole door.
That’s just a personal choice and design element if you’ll. Additionally offers it some general energy on door as well. So, now I can shoot some brad fingernails from the rear which the rear won’t be seen near around the front in which we’re going to be placing the door.
So that’s going to be fine. Now the diagonal piece I clamped it in destination and I hit a line with a pencil on both edges so I knew exactly where the glue would get therefore I put glue on the diagonal piece and between the lines here on the door and then I clamped it back in destination.
Now I never show it here in the video clip for some reason I didn’t get footage of this but I turned the door over once I get this clamped into destination and I hit a or pulled a chalk line in which that diagonal piece is therefore I’ll know in which to shoot brad fingernails which was really easy. So now I can just clean it with sander and get it all washed up and prepared for finish. So I take the clamps off I turn the door back over and then I’ll just begin applying finish to both edges.
Now this eco poplar plus this water based polycrylic proved really stunning. We love the color that it has therefore just looks great. We also want to include some artistic interest and some contrast on door as We do with countless my projects so We cut some dowels and i’ll add those in on top and base of door. It’s going to look like we’ve got some joinery happening which is sort of cool, but We love the contrast because dark and light wood.
So, I glued those in and i’ll sand them flush with the door. We get into the finish a little bit here and so We just proceed and sand the whole board on top and base and then We just refinish it therefore no big deal here it just looks great. As soon as the finish continues and dries that light colored wood with that dark color looks great in my viewpoint. We can move on to the hardware now which this hardware comes from Rockler as well.
And so you can get this kit, I’ll keep a link down in description, from Rockler. But it’s very easy to built. All I had to do ended up being drill several holes for each roller and then I had to mount the track on the wall surface. Now I’ve got a piece of wood on the wall surface here because I’m attempting to give myself some approval over my door.
However could mount this straight on wall surface if you wanted to providing you ensured to mount it into studs. I’ve got the piece of wood on the wall surface here in studs and so We can mount this track to that wood and We’m fine. But once you’ve got the track mounted whether it’s on the wall surface or on a piece of wood like I’ve got you’re literally prepared to hang the door just make sure it’s good and secure and thereisn’ play inside.
But it all came together really nicely and I’m happy with it. Now I had to include some stops to keep the door from rolling off of the track on each end and then also the guide on base to keep it from swinging down from the wall surface.
So all in all I’m very happy with this. Discover the description below the links on services and products that I utilized and to also consider Rockler and consider the site article here in description as well.
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