Introduction: DIY Wooden Doormat

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Need a way to spruce up your front porch? How about a handmade DIY Wooden Doormat! This doormat is super easy to build and is made with inexpensive pressure treated 2x2 balusters and sisal rope. Make this in an afternoon and have a great conversation piece at your front door. And as you'll see from the steps...it's so easy!

Materials:

  • (10) 36" pressure treated 2x2 balusters
  • 15' of 3/8" sisal rope
  • Stain/sealer/weatherproofer

Tools:

  • Miter saw or hand saw
  • Cordless drill or drill press
  • 7/16" drill bit

If you want a little more detail about the process and a free plan with all the measurements then go check out my blog post:

http://fixthisbuildthat.com/how-to-build-diy-wooden-doormat-plans/

Step 1: Cut the Pieces to Size

Out of the 10 36" 2x2's, cut 30 long pieces at 9-3/4" long and 12 short pieces at 3" long.

You can get 3 long pieces and 2 short pieces per 2x2.

Step 2: Drill the Holes in the Pieces

Drill a 7/16" hole into the short pieces that is 1-1/2" from the end and 3/4" from the sides. In the long pieces you will drill two holes, one on each end spaced 1-1/2" from the end and 3/4" from the sides.

Before the next step, round all the hard edges from the cutting with a sander or sandpaper.

Step 3: Apply Finish/sealer to the Pieces

Use the sealer or exterior finish of your choice and finish all the pieces. I used a cedar color tinted exterior weatherproofer. I put on 2 coats for color consistency and protection.

Step 4: String the Sisal Rope Through the The Pieces

Start with a short piece and alternate back and forth between short pieces and long piece for 6 of each. Run the 3/8" sisal rope through the pieces. To help thread the rope, wrap the end with electrical tape.

After the first row, add in 6 long pieces per row and string the rope through the pieces as shown. On the last row, use the remaining 6 short pieces as in the first row.

Tie a knot in the far end of the rope and then pull the rope tight through the whole doormat. Tie a knot on the other end and pull it as tight to the wood as you can. Cut the excess rope and you are done!

For more details and free plans with measurements head over to the blog post:

http://fixthisbuildthat.com/how-to-build-diy-wooden-doormat-plans/

Comments

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Taillights (author)2016-11-01

Very nice build. I think this would be a good project to get the rust dust & spiders off my ol tools. I haven't built anything in quite some time due to health reasons, thanks for the inspiration to get back into the shop.

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lesbian84 (author)2016-04-02

Super easy and super cute

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mewoodwork (author)2016-03-22

I have built two door mats from cypress 32 years ago and the mats still work great and with very slight sanding look as good as when made. I also made two mats that are used with a large walk in shower and are over nine years old. Each mat interlock with each other so they do not slip. Great design.

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Wow, that's impressive they've held up that long!

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Wow, that's impressive they've held up that long!

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ClenseYourPallet (author)2016-03-22

Really great looking door mat! Just goes to show you that you can do anything with wood

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Thanks! And I agree, wood is such a great medium.

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