Try It Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday, Tryers!


Sometimes, I can’t think of a Try It or I’ve just been so busy that I can’t do one. Enter: my awesome friends and family (aka, “Guest Bloggers”). Today’s GB is Huff the Hubs’ bestie (aka, my bestie’s hubs), Anthony!


Take it away, Anthony!


Jessica’s father is a master carpenter. I happened to see a sliding barn door he made at his daughter’s house to separate the kitchen from the laundry room and it gave me an idea to make one to separate my master bedroom from my master bath. Below are the steps I took to accomplish this.


First I had to make a “header” in the opening for the barn door track to it attach to:





Then I had to paint it, but since I hate to paint; I recruited help:



Next, I had to build the door: Materials: 5 – 1X10s, 4 – 1X4s, 4 1X2s, lots of screws

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Be sure to trim and stabilize both sides.


The next step is to attach the brackets (that allow the door to roll on the track) to the wall. This is so the center of gravity is correct and the barn door does not lean or sway. You can purchase some online for around $100.00 or more. But then you are not doing it yourself and that is weak sauce. Luckily, Jessica’s dad gave me extra rollers he had because I’m in the Circle of Trust.



I only used the wheel, nut, and bolt. I then purchased a strap of 3/8’ X 2” X 3’ steel, cut it in half and drilled all but 1 hole in each piece.


As you can tell I got into a hurry and did not clamp the steel down and that was unsafe. More on that later.



The next step is to bend the metal to make the bracket that will align the roller to be offset to the center of the barn door while it can be attached to the barn door at the same time.






When you are finished it should look something like this:



Now you have to drill the final holes in the bracket that will allow you to bolt in the wheel.



This needs to be done with caution.



As I mentioned before, the first time I drilled I was careless and did not clamp it down. In the photo below you can see the drill bit actually bending a little between the first hole and the new one.



Well this caused the first on I drilled to spin uncontrollably and hit me in the wrist.



This picture doesn’t look to bad, but for 15 minutes I could not move my hand, and it took a few days to get all the feeling back. So CLAMP IT DOWN EVERY TIME. It was a scary few moments. Moving on…We stained the door, and painted the bracket.



And, once again, I recruited help.


Then, you attach the bracket to the door, making sure there is a 2-inch gap for the metal track to run through.



Next you mount the 2” wide, 3/8” thick strap to the wall, using a 2×4 that has been cut down to an inch and seven-eighths by 8 feet as a spacer to keep the track off the wall. I used 5/8” X 4” lag bolts to secure all this into wall studs.



The last step is to hang the door and enjoy!











Disclaimer: This project is not for the novice craftsman, but I am not a master by any means; I run a camera for a living and do these types of projects for fun.