How to Build Old-Style Wood Barn Doors

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There is something very attractive about old-fashioned barns. They are stately and picturesque, evoking the warmth of older days. A lot of modern style barns just don't have the same feel. Modern barns can look unsightly or cold. However, it is possible to change your barn to look more like the old-style barns. It is pretty simple, and can be done in just a few hours. When you are done your barn will look like the old barns from days gone by.

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Things you need

  • 4-foot by 1-foot planks
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Electric saw
  • Door handle hardware
  • Screws
  • Power drill
  • Power screwdriver
  • Door hinges
  • Padlock
  • Sand paper
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

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  1. 1

    Measure the height and width of the door opening of your barn. Remove any existing doors or hinges. Measure how many planks it will take to cover the width of the opening. Purchase that number of boards from a hardware store or lumber yard, plus 10 extra for bracing.

  2. 2

    Wear gloves when completing this step. Cut all of the planks with the power saw so they will easily fit the height of the door opening. Split the boards into two even different piles to make a double door. Lay the planks out together in a line. Take 2 planks that match the length of ½ the door opening and line them up to the top and bottom of the planks you just laid out. Nail the planks together. Do the same for the other door.

  3. 3

    Lay one plank across the middle of the door and nail into place. Cut one plank at an angle so that it sits flush with the middle plank when angled diagonally from the top of the door. Nail into place. Repeat for the bottom side of the door. Complete the same process for the other door.

  4. 4

    Attach the hinges to the door frame. Position them at the top, middle and bottom of the door frame. Unscrew the hinges and screw into the doors in the same places. Measure the exact dimensions so it matches up perfectly.

  5. 5

    Use the power drill and screwdriver to attach the door handles to the barn door. Make sure the doors are able to stay closed when they are supposed to. This can either be done with a padlock or rope.

  6. 6

    Hang the barn door from the hinges. If desired, you can sand or paint the door to give it that real old-fashioned feeling. Attach the padlock or rope to the doors and clean up any leftover mess. You have completed your old-style barn doors.

Tips and warnings

  • Make careful measurements. Nothing messes up a project faster than incorrect measurements.
  • Do not use this style of barn door for storing expensive equipment. It is not designed to withstand a break-in.
  • Always make sure to watch your fingers when operating a saw!

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