Quick pics of a sliding barn door I made for my sister.
Step 1: Inspiration
This is my first instructable, so please forgive some missing info. My sister wanted a door to close off the family room when guests where staying over. She thought sliding doors would look good so she sent me some pics to think about.
Step 2: Designing Door
After measuring the opening, we knew it would be a big door. Opening(59" wide x 95" high). After drawing on computer a scale pic, I came up with a door 61.5" x 96" using 12ea 8.ft pine tongue and grove boards and 3ea 8x61.5 support boards. My sister found the hanging hardware on Am***n for a 12ft track. Yes, some people make their own track, but with a door this big it was better a buy a quality track.
Step 3: Quick Assembly
After the staining and poly coating all the wood, we did a quick assembly to check out our progress. Used my nephew for scale, him being 6'2". (yes he's bashful)
Step 4: Finished Door
Connected all the wood with 1.25" drywall screws. Then covered the screws with 1.25" straps of pine painted black; nailed and glued down then added black hammered nails (try to place nails where the hammered ones will go, so you can cover with hammered nails). Attached the 12ft rail to a 6"x12' pine board to add support and character to rail. Last pic is of door from other side when closed.
PS: sorry there's not a lot of pics of building the door, was in a time crunch to finish before Thanksgiving. The door took 2 days to assemble and hang-up. Total cost of door and track under $400.