Shed Doors (Barn Style)

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Project by millssnell posted 04-11-2013 02:56 PM 3203 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been posting (albeit intermittently), about the re-construction of a 12×20 shed in my backyard here in Columbia, SC.

I shopped around for barn door hardware but could not locate any that I liked, or that seemed robust enough for these heavy doors, for under $250-$300. I made a temporary forge with some bricks, a shop-vac, and charcoal, and was able to get the hardware for $90, all in. The doors are each made of 3 WIDE pine boards, all at least 12’ wide. All the wood is about 1” thick.

The doors slide completely open on either side so that I have a full double door opening of 71”wide, and 75” tall. I will be adding a covered porch with a shed roof to come off of this side.

I would love any feedback, but would especially love ideas on the best way to lock the door. I want to keep with the style and theme of the rough-sawn wood and barn doors. I will have to fix one of the doors from the inside, and then lock them together from the outside so that they do not just both slide to one direction for someone to get my tools!

Mills Snell

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 03:57 PM

Wow, great job. Im fixin to build a few sets of these, and will make a hasp on my forge for the outside to lock. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 04-11-2013 04:20 PM

The doors look great, and I gotta say, it’s pretty badass that you built a forge just to make the pieces you needed. Well done! :) I love the idea of a shop-vac for the forge, that’s brilliant.

-- Nate, Harvard, MA

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#3 posted 04-11-2013 05:00 PM

Great job. Should last a long time.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 04-11-2013 06:03 PM

Very cool Mills. Like your creativity and Get R’ Done attitude. Looking at your forge and skills, I think you can make a hasp designed the way you want from images online. Putting this one in my favorites for a couple reasons.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#5 posted 04-12-2013 01:55 AM

Nice job.

-- Todd

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#6 posted 04-12-2013 02:20 AM

Nice Job Mills, looks good!

-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#7 posted 04-12-2013 04:30 AM

Impressed! I’m all about making my own items. And u have broke the barrier on settling for store bought! I have a feeling ill be making a forge if I run into a progect like this. Well done

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#8 posted 04-12-2013 12:57 PM

When I was growing up, I remember visiting an old “aircraft style” barn that had a curved roof and wide doors like this. This barn was all steel, not wood, and it was more about function than anything else, so the owner was not concerned with looks. However, I remember that it was locked on both doors. Each door had a chain towards the outside that went through the door and the wall of the barn. I imagine you will need something similar. maybe in your case you could have a latch on the inside that secures one of the doors to the frame of the shed, and then once outside, you just slide the other door over and lock it to the door that is now “fixed”.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#9 posted 04-17-2013 08:59 PM

I love the door hangers!
I have been wanting a forge for a while, but haven’t committed to a plan. I love how simple yours is. I’m very curious about that part of your project. Any more details?

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#10 posted 04-20-2013 08:22 PM

nice job Mills
I went through the same thing.
Barn door hardware is to expensive for what it is-and I mean that!
I made mine out of flat steel cement stakes and steel wheels the
rubber tires had worn off.
the track was 1 inch sucker rod from a old windmill.
the locks are cane bolts made into an eye at the end and drop into
a 3/4 inch pipe buried in the ground.
to lock the doors an eye bolt is on the doors and nut and washer on the inside
where the cane bolt and eye bolt come together a pad lock is locked.

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#11 posted 12-31-2013 12:06 AM

Congrads on your barn doors and especially the hardware. Today, 30 Dec.’13, I just started construction on my garage/shop after a fire last July and my plan is for an overhead door for the car side and sliding barn doors for the back side of the 36’ long building. The sliding doors will be the same dimensions and same materials as your doors as I have access to weathered pine planks 1 and 1/2” thick X 8-10’ long X 10-12” wide. I’m in Savannah, Ga and I’d like to come up and take a look- see at your project. Will that work out for you? I don’t yet know how to communicate with you on a more personal note.
Jerry Oldsalt

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#12 posted 12-31-2013 04:03 PM

Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone!

Jeffwedekind- Happy to provide any other details, just let me know what you want to know.

Jerry Oldsalt- you are welcome to make the trip. I am not sure that it is that much to look at. I’ll send you a message with my email.

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