How to Build a Sliding Barn Door | Ask This Old House
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 Published On Nov 24, 2021

In this video, Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert enlists the help of his father to install sliding barn doors on Mark McCullough’s chicken barn.

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Carpenters Nathan Gilbert and his father William lend a hand building the barn doors. In the rear of the barn, Nathan, William, and Mark install a sliding barn door. They install the hardware on the doors and barn after explaining how the brackets, rails, and rollers work. Before long, the sliding barn doors are hung, and the team turns its attention to the front doors.

With Tom and Kevin’s help, the crew comes up with a plan for hanging the door jambs on Mark’s stone door opening. After scribing the jambs to fit the uneven granite, the team drills holes in the stone and inserts a threaded rod to hold the jambs in place. With careful scribe work, the team cuts door casings for the top and sides of the opening. Then, after attaching hinges to the doors and hanging them in the opening, Mark calls his chicken barn complete.

Skill: ⅗
Cost: $300 to $500 in framing material, varying by size
Time: A weekend

Shopping list:
Pressure-treated lumber []
Framing lumber []
Concrete anchors []
Galvanized framing nails []

Tape measure []
Hammer drill []
Circular saw []
Hammer []
Framing Nailer []
Chisels []

Where to find it?
To frame the new barn, Tom and the rest of the team used a combination of 2x4” stock framing lumber [] for the studs and 2x6” stock framing lumber [] for the roof rafters. To secure the boards together, the team used a variety of framing nails with a nail gun. All of these items can be found at home centers and lumberyards.

C.R. O’Neill Company provided expert assistance with this segment in Lexington, MA.

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