Last week, I started building a kitchen island. After running into a couple hiccups in terms of the design and how exactly the piece was going to shake out, I decided to put that project on hold for a day or two while I knocked out something entirely different: a door.
But I didn't get asked to build any ol' door, I got asked to build a sliding, barn-style door out of reclaimed wood. I was pretty excited to take on the project.
The lumber - all oak - came from a barn that was built in the 1920's in Warrenton, MO.
I only had to drive out to Winfield, MO to get it, and by the time I put my eyes on the lumber it had been pretty well picked through but I was able to find enough halfway straight, rot-free boards to build a pretty decent door. Side note: I also bought some barn tin, which isn't really tin at all, and have some goofy ideas for how to incorporate that into some of the future builds.
Once I got the lumber in the shop, the work was pretty straightforward: clean the wood, mill it, assemble it, throw down some poly, call it "done". That said, it'd been a while since I made one and the design was pretty open-ended...so I pretty much made it up as I went along.
I think she turned out pretty well, and if nothing else, the door is rock-solid and kind of obnoxiously heavy. But it was a fun project; hopefully I'll be able to build a few more in the future.
If you want to check out the build video, here it is: