Make a welcome mat using leftover pieces of wood

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A friend just finished getting a new deck installed and offered to give me some short pieces of leftover ipe wood if I had any good ideas for what to make with it.  Having wanted to replace the welcome mat in front of our door for a while this seemed like the perfect project.  Here's how to make your own doormat using scraps of wood and a bit of string.  I made mine at techshop.

To end up with the same size as I made you'll need enough 1" thick lumber that is 26" long or longer to cut 15 strips, each one inch wide.  3 1"x6"26" boards should do it.  You'll also need some jute twine to tie the thing together.

Let's get started!
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Step 1: Cut all the wood to size

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Using a chop saw cut all the wood to 26" long, move to a table saw and make a pile of 1" wide strips.  The wood I used had rounded edges so I saved two pieces to use as the outside pieces for my mat and trimmed the rest of the edges before cutting the boards in to strips.

Step 2: Drill holes for the string

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Make a quick jig using scraps of wood and some clamps so that you'll be able to drill a hole in the same place on each piece of wood.  The drill bit should land about 7" from the end of the piece of wood.  Drill a 5/32" hole, flip the board around and drill another hole towards the other edge.  The photo in the next step shows how the pieces should look after drilling.

Swap out the drill bit for a 1/4" bit and use it enlarge the first 1/4" of the holes in the two pieces of wood that will be used for the outside edges of the doormat.  The idea is just to countersink the hole so the knotted twine has a place to sit inside the finished doormat.
AliF25 months ago

I want to make a rolling string mat, like the one in photo. Does yours roll up? Do I need to leave some slack twine in between each slat for the mat to roll?

How thick should the twine be? 3-ply, 5-ply Jute Twine?

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nevadavic2 years ago
I have been looking for the perfect mat for my place and now I found it! thanx!
ZaneEricB2 years ago

needed something for infront of my rabbit cage (other thank a frying pan, fava beans, and a nice chianti) This will be perfect!