Continued from here.
A barn door is so practical. It slides open and closed, stays put, and is never in the way. But have you ever priced the hardware for one? Way too expensive to be practical! Never one to be deterred, Dan decided to make his own.
|Hardware for a DIY barn door|
This is the project Dan worked on while I whitewashed the inside of the coop. For the hardware he bought:
- 3, 4 ft. strips of flat bar, .25" x .75"
- 2 garage door pulleys
- 2 mending plates
- 2 door stops
- 1 pressure treated 1x6
He ripped the 1x6 to 2.5 inches, and then made the track by cutting a groove into the long edge and fitting the flat bar into it. The pulleys ride on top. The mending plates are bolted to the pulleys and also the door as you see in the two photos below.
|The mending plates were bolted to the pulleys,|
|and screwed onto the door.|
The door itself was made from scrap plywood and lumber.
|Stop and guide|
A doorstop was added and a guide made with a block of wood. This keeps the door from swinging away from the wall. Long metal pins hold it in place. Another flat bar attached to the bottom of the door makes for no wear and easy gliding.
the stable door between the storage area and the coop. The door works very well, looks good, and I love it!
Only a few things are left to finish the chicken coop project: expand the chicken yard, set the feed room in order, and level the "patio" area under the overhang in front of the barn door. Then it's chicken moving day!
Next up, "New Chicken Coop: Feed & Storage Room."
UPDATE November 2016: I've had folks ask how well this door has stood up. I have to say that we've had no problems with it and it still functions beautifully. To see the larger barn door we made for the little goat barn, click here.
A Barn Door for the Chicken Coop © May 2014