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This project started out of a love of the barn door trend. Rather than trying to find one to fit the space, I decided to repurpose the baseboards from the pre-reno house to construct one from scratch.

Although I've tried to be fairly comprehensive in this tutorial, there are many variables that you will have to adapt to your space, skills, and tools. How to build the sliding hardware is included in here, but purchasing a kit would probably save a lot of headache. Please always follow safety rules and wear proper PPE. Finally, have fun.

Tools necessary:

- Planer (Both thickness and jointer would be beneficial)

- Table Saw

- Mitre Saw

- Brad Nailer

- Belt and Random Orbital Sander

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

My house, built in 1943, used douglas fir in every room. Floors, baseboards, trim, built ins. Everything was made from the beautiful wood. However, it turned somewhat brittle over the years and couldn't handle another coat of paint. I salvaged as much as I could, taking out the nails as I went. Long sections were cut down to manageable sizes and anything that showed major cracks or flaws was sent to the dump.

The rest was loaded up and taken to the workshop.

Nice! I know you were making a &quot;barn door&quot;, but wonder why you felt the need to add the trim-work to create the 'style' of a barn door. I have seen a number of old rolling barn doors that used stacked 2x4s(or other wood) to create a sort of 'chopping block' style door. The most detailed one I ever saw had a deep channel cut at the top for the metal-work to sit in. (There were three pulleys, all connected to a single two inch wide flat piece of 1/4 inch steel that was centered inside the wood at the top of the door, with large iron or steel bolts at each 'strap' under the pulley).<br><br>That door ran very close to wall behind it, and had a base guide along the wall to prevent it from 'swinging' into the wall. The door never really completely left the guide even when fully open due it's width, Whoever made it had used different types of wood in the crafting of the door, because the wood only had linseed or tung oil on it, and nearly every piece was a different shade and color.
<p>nice job. looks great.</p>
<p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Beautiful! I am beginning to like these doors instead of pocket doors for my little house.</p>
Agreed.
<p>How do you make one that is weather tight?</p>
I don't know if the barn door style would be the right choice for a weather tight door.
<p>That looks beautiful! Great work :)</p>

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