Barn Door Inside the House

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Project by TheeWoodShed posted 03-06-2013 12:54 PM 1541 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes, watching the DIY network gets me in trouble, especially if I’ve Tivo’d the shows. We had a 60” door opening from our kitchen to dining room. A single door would have been too heavy, two small doors would have been, well, too small. While watching the DIY, they had an episode where they put in a barn door! I mentioned how nice that drew the two rooms together… wife looked over at me and asked if I could build one for our opening. I jokingly said yes. As you can see from the picture, it became more than a yes! LOL

Great thing about a lot of my projects is that we live in my wife’s family homestead. Our house was built in 1894. So the wood looks etc, goes great!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#1 posted 03-06-2013 01:36 PM

Looks good! Thanks for sharing
Two questions come to mind.
1… Can you open it from the other side when it’s closed?
2… Does it slide far enough down the wall so the light switches are accessible when it’s open?

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 01:44 PM

Nice and rustic looking. I like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 01:46 PM

I like it !!! where did you get the hanging hardware ?


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#4 posted 03-06-2013 01:51 PM

Different it would work well in the rite setting. I will have to put this one on file it could make the rite customer very happy would save rebuilding a wall to install a pocket door.

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#5 posted 03-06-2013 03:23 PM

Really good work! IĀ“like. Thanks for post it

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 03:30 PM

+1 sprucegum. Great idea in the right space. I’l also second the request for more hardware info.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#7 posted 03-06-2013 05:43 PM

One question has come to mind why did you not let your wife stain the wood before you put it up? My bride has me trained better than that :-}

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#8 posted 03-06-2013 06:34 PM

Ok, to answer the questions of where I found the rails and rollers. If you’ve seen a few of my other projects, you know by now I’m a picker. I like to find bargains if at all possible. I found the rail and rollers at a local recycle/demolition place in my home town. Had to look for them, but they made me a great deal. 10’ of rail and two really good condition rollers for $40. Look on eBay and you know I got a great deal! Thats where I figured I’d have to buy, but wife told me to call the local shop… and they had it. I had an uncle sandblast the rollers for me and wife used a wire brush and sandpaper to clean the rail. We then rust coated them and rattle can sprayed them black.

The other question that I saw was can you open it from the other side, yes. I bought a “hidden handle” for the inside. I used a hand chisel and cut out about 1/4” to stick it in and the handle folds inside itself when the door slides open. Yes, you can push the door open far enough to reach the light switch with no problems at all. Thats why we used a 10’ rail. With the hangers offset in 12” gave us the extra foot we needed to clear the switches.

Sprucegum, it was my wife’s idea to do it after it was hanging! She didnt have the patience to wait for it.

If you’d like I can take a picture from the kitchen side showing that handle, and also push the door open further for the light swithes. Only thing I still have to add is the rubber rollers along the bottom to keep the door against the wall… right now the grandkids have figured out how to push it out enough to slide by!!! LOL

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#9 posted 03-06-2013 06:50 PM

You get thumbs up for this. Looks great. Leave it to the kids to find the weak points in things for sure.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#10 posted 03-06-2013 07:33 PM

This is GREAT! Something similar must be added to my workshop….

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#11 posted 03-06-2013 10:49 PM

Mark, I saw that episode where they installed a door like this on their pantry. If I remember right they just used garage pulleys bolted to strap of steel and then just used a standoff with a length of 1/4” steel bar. It was a this old house episode but dont remember which project.

Very nice job and I would like to see the handle side. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#12 posted 03-06-2013 11:07 PM

Pat, just uploaded a picture of the inside handle. Sorry that I forgot how I did that, but we opted for just a simple folding handle. It pulls out to open the door and folds back in when closing. Door rolls really easy so not a lot of pressure on the handles.

There has been several shows that have the barn doors. They seem to becoming popular again! I know a lot of the guys are using new modern slides and rails… but we prefer the old original barn finds. LOL

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#13 posted 03-07-2013 12:41 AM

Very cool, I like it

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#14 posted 03-07-2013 12:20 PM

Very Cool! It fits your house….

-- arnies

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#15 posted 03-08-2013 03:54 PM

Like the look very much. Very nice barn door which looks great inside the house. Great choice and great job!

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