I have always hoped that I would get a big project from a client to shake things up from table making. Becareful for what you wish for. Oh man was this one a beast of a project. Coming in at 10 feet long and 8 feet high, she was no easy feat. But I got her done and had fun doing it. I cant wait to share with you how it was done and how I created the barn doors to fit the wider opening.
After I received an inspirational picture and the desired dimensions from the client it was time to get to work. I used the plans from Shanty 2 Chic’s DIY double barn door media center. However, I did alter the dimensions to fit the clients needs. It went to 10ft L x 8ft H instead of 9.5ft L x 7.25ft H. I also had to build it so that It can assembled and un-assembled.
I won’t explain everything since you can get the plan already from Shanty 2 Chic, but I will post some progress pictures. However I did say that I would show you how I built the barn doors on the fly and how we made them fit the bigger opening.
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I used ARAUCO plywood in 3/4 inch. It is very flat and smooth to the touch. It is made out of 100% wood, which is ideal when staining. Obviously you won’t see that finish on this project, but you get a nice flat finish with paint as well. It doesn’t hurt that they use sustainable practices while constructing their products. For more information on them click here. I got my plywood at the local Lowe’s Home Improvement Store. It was great for this DIY double barn door media center.
Double Barn Door Time!
Ok that I have completed the diy double barn door media center frame, it time to put the jewels on.
- (1) 3/4 inch plywood
- (4) 2x4x8
- (1) 1x6x10
- (2) 1x4x8
- Barn Door Hardware
- Wood Glue (I recommend Titebond in the blue or green bottle)
The materials here makes two barn doors at 29 inches wide each and 92 inches tall.
Lets Do It.
- First you will need to cut the plywood in half. So about a lil under 24 inches. Then cut both down to 92 inches.
- With the four 2x4x8s they were cut down as well to 92 inches. Next I cut a notch to each edge long ways. I wanted each door to be 30 inches wide so the notch was 2 inches in and 3/4 inches deep. I used mt table saw, since my router and I have a love hate relationship. See below for reference.
3. Once you have I had the notches done I lade the plywood sheet on top of the notches. Once I had it aligned I added glue and clamped them down. Also nailed them in.
4. I then cut the headers for the top and bottom. Using the 1x6x10 cut into 29inches each. Glued, clamped and nailed down.
5. Now for a little detail. I place the 1x4x8 board on top to get the angle that I needed. Cut, glued, and nailed down.
6. Finally I filled in all the holes, sanded, and painted. Attached the barn door hardware and wallah. I really like how they came out especially on fly.
As for the barn door hardware, I got mine thru Amazon. Hoped you like this diy. The clients were so happy with their piece and I am too.