Make a Custom Barn Door for Under $50!

by OnBlissStreet
This post goes with the "Make your own barn door hardware" post that is in my profile here on Hometalk and also on my blog- This tutorial will show you how to build a custom barn door for under $50! Also, if you click over to my blog, I give 2 other versions that also are under $50 to build.
Sand down a sheet of plywood siding that has been cut to size for your door. Using this makes the process really simple and super affordable. The backside looks like a plain piece of wood.
Measure 1 x 4's and 1 x 6's for the trim pieces, depending on which door plan you choose- all 3 are on my blog. Attach them by smearing wood glue to the backside and screwing into place.
I used self tapping screws so that I wouldn't have to drill pilot holes. I also used ALOT of screws mainly because it was the look I wanted.
I used a framing square to get the corners and angles just right. Then cut all of my boards with a miter saw.
Once all of the pieces of the puzzle are put together, go ahead and paint or stain!
Next add the barn door hardware and hang on the rail.
Once it's hung, you can mark where the door stoppers should go. All I used were "L" brackets and they work perfectly. This one is on the floor to keep the bottom of the door from pulling forward.
And then 2 on the ends of the rail to keep the door from falling off the ends.
Please click over to my other tutorial- DIY Barn Door Hardware and make yourself a barn door!
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Randy Trull Randy Trull on May 06, 2019

    if you were to make this door for outside use, how would you keep the door from being lifted off the rail by someone you didnt want inside? And how would you lock it if there were two identical sliding doors? thanks

  • Sue Harvey Sue Harvey on Feb 17, 2020

    Can I screw it from the back since I don’t want to see the screws?

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