Little Barn Door for Home Security

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1 Hour

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We started with five large popsicle sticks. We made a guide to hold the sticks while we duct taped them together.

We measured and cut the sticks to cover the bottom and top. We easily cut through the sticks with scissors. We sanded the edges a little bit and glued the sticks in place.

To make the X pattern on the door, we measured and cut the sticks again. It took a few tries to get the right cut on the sticks, but we had plenty of extra sticks to practice with.

Before we glued the X in place, we stained the door and X-pattern. We used a dark stain we already had from another project. After the stain dried, we glued the X in place.

To make the barn door move, we used six Lego pieces. I have a large Lego collection so this came from my personal stash. If you're not into Legos, you can probably do this with small wheels from the hardware store. We added a half pin to a wheel, and attached a 1 x4 tile to that. The wheel rolls very smoothly.

We used Sugru to attach the handle and wheels in place.

We used Sugru to attach the metal bar to the front door and placed the door on that!

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  • Jim Cox Jim Cox on Sep 20, 2022

    This is truly cute - but I'll stick to my RING doorbell for $30 a year ; )

  • K.a10249289 K.a10249289 on Apr 30, 2023

    For security enhancement I located a new peep hole just below the top of the door and where the original one was I hung a picture of a giant person eating a human leg towards the hole so that any person who tried to look in thought giants who eat people live in my house. This way I prevent people from breaking in and don't have to buy a ring doorbell and have to pay $30.00 a year. Now I think I will make this little door to attach the picture to it.