Sliding Barn Door

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Sliding Barn Door
Dimensions: 82 ¾″ Tall x 34” Wide x 1″ Thick

Difficulty: Easy
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I’m going to be honest with you for a second…this sliding barn door put on this site because it has been on the honey-do-list for a WHILE! I don’t mind buying some pieces of furniture, but the $800 price tag on a door similar to this had made me nauseous, so here we are! Thankfully this DIY build is very cheap and easy to build. As far as the hardware goes, there are lots of kits out there. I needed a larger rail for design purposes, so I grabbed this kit from Amazon. As far as the hand goes, I ended up grabbing this guy from Amazon. Now that you have hardware and you are ready to build, let’s make this happen!

Tools you will need to build the Sliding Barn Door:

Supplies you will need to build the Sliding Barn Door:

  • (3) 1″x6″x8′
  • (1) 1″x10″x8′
  • (1) ¼”x4’x8′ Plywood
  • (22) 1 ¼″ Pocket Hole Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Shop Rags

Let’s build a Sliding Barn Door!

For this project, you do want to have a large area to work, as this is a large project. The good news is the building of this project doesn’t take very long at all, and even someone new to woodworking can rock this project. If you have any issues along the way be sure to leave a comment below or send me an e-mail. There is also a YouTube video below of me building this from start to finish, so make sure to check that out!

Cut Sheet for the Drill Storage Shelf

  • (4x) 1″x6”x23½”
  • (2x) 1″x6″x82¾″
  • (1x) 1″x10″x23½″
  • (1x) Plywood @ 34″x82¾” (If you have a router with a flush trim bit (Like this one on Amazon), you can extend these measurements by a half-inch or so.

Pocket Holessssss!

Yup, you guessed it, we are going to make some pocket holes. Thankfully this will be pretty quick. If you are new to owning a Kreg Jig, make sure to check out the tutorial on how to set it up! If you don’t have one, grab one from Amazon here! We will only be putting pocket holes in the short boards, so set the long boards to the side! On each of the 1″x6″x23½” you will put 2 pocket holes on each side. For the 1″x10″ you will do 3 pocket holes on each side. (I had a board split on me, which is why the top board in the photo has 3 pocket holes on one side. Let’s just pretend there are two!

Sliding Barn Door - Pocket Holes

Time to Frame the Sliding Barn Door

You should be pretty excited at this point because we aren’t too far from having this sliding barn door built! Next, we are going to frame it, which is almost as easy as drilling the pocket holes. In the video, you will see I used a biscuit jointer, that is not a requirement by any means, but if you have the tool, and the know-how then feel free too! Otherwise, we are just going to use glue, and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws to attach our frame together. The 1×10 will be flush to the bottom of the 2 longer boards. Once that is attached go ahead and attach one of your 1×6 boards to the top, the exact same way. Now measure from the top (or outside) of the 1×6 and align the top of the next board with the following measurements: 18 ⅜”, 36 ¾”, and 55 ⅛”.

Frame Build

Now we have the frame put together and you are over thinking “gollee, Luke was right, this is the easiest project ever”. Well you are not wrong, and we are about to get this knocked out! Now we are going to go glue crazy! On the back of the frame (the side where the pocket holes are showing) we are going to spread glue like our life depends on it! This is going to be the key to keeping your sliding barn door together! With the glue all spread out around your frame, go ahead and put your piece of plywood on top. You will want to use clamps, weights, children, really whatever you have to hold it down for a while (who am I kidding, children will just sit there for like 3 seconds, getting a grandparent to sit on it may yield better results…they are usually pretty calm).

Finish your Sliding Barn Door

Since the glue has dried, you can remove your clamps, weights, or grandparents from the door and start filling cracks, sanding, and painting or staining. When it comes to wood fillers, my favorite is Timber Mate, and it is what I use on all my projects! Make sure you give it time to dry and then get a good sand on your door before hitting it with stain or paint.

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That’s all folks! You did a great job as usual! If you built this project or used our plans as a guide for your build I would love to see some photos! Make sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and give us a follow on Pinterest! Thanks for hanging out in the workshop!

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