Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Barn Door

My last customer wanted a barn door on the closet in the hallway. It had a four foot opening so nothing standard would fit.
Nothing to it then, we build it out of knotty pine to match the floor.
Countersunk screws and pegged just like the floor.
Sanded and polyurethaned about six times as I kept getting blemishes.
Got it to the job site on top of the van as it was too big to fit inside.
Got it hung. Tough job with a bum arm.
Looks good and the customer was happy with the results.
Though some continue to be unimpressed.
So I made a nice pizza to celebrate.

13 comments:

  1. Reading the title I thought you were going to make a speech about ailerons...

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    1. Ha, I do have to make a living occasionally.

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  2. Looks good. Not the sort of thing that would work in a lot of houses but it blends in nicely here.

    Like the pizza too. :)

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    1. When I started I was not quite sure how it would all work out, but I am pleased with the looks. The closet had louvered bi-folds on it before and they were in a sorry state after several years as a rental property. The customer wanted something different and had envisioned a barn door. It worked out nicely as it breaks up the hallway a bit.

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    2. I've never seen louvered bi-folds that didn't look like crap after a fairly short while. Sooner or later they jam and someone's going to force them. I made the mistake of using them in a closet once. Sold that house and it became someone else's problem. :)

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  3. Only done a few sliding doors and they're always a pain to get to work just right. The ledge and braced style is still popular over here and I have to make at least a couple a year!

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    1. This is the first one I built and it worked out nicely. The hardware was really good quality and made all the difference. Easy to adjust to level so the door stays where you put it and don't slide on it own to the low end. The rest was just a matter of making sure you build a square door and lots of sanding and poly.

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  4. Also looks lie you have customers like I do- ones that never want you to leave !

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    1. That's not a bad thing at all Kev. And this is one of the better customers I have had. I really enjoy working with them. They are easy going and don't wig out over a lot of silly stuff.

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  5. Very nice Mr. Silvius, very nice indeed.

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  6. If the great collapse comes rolling along, you'll do well. You're like the guy in "Lights Out" or the "Deep Winter" series who can fix damn near anything.

    I wish you lived down around here.... I could use a neighbor with those skills. ;-)

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    1. Harry, I learned early on if I wanted things done I had to do it myself. Mostly cause I didn't have the means to pay others to do it for me. Now, when it comes to my own stuff I do it cause I just would not be satisfied with someone else's results. In this case it was a paying gig so it puts food on the table and pays the mortgage. If it comes to a SHTF situation I may be happy to live next to the guy with the most ammo I know of ;-)

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