There’s nothing worse than trying to get large, heavy or awkward things through a standard shed door. The very purpose of a shed is to provide a dedicated space for the storage of gardening equipment, power tools, outdoor furniture, and more, but these items aren’t always in neat, compact packages. Instead, they can come in all dimensions, from long-handled rakes to wide lawnmowers, from tall ladders to broad workbenches.
These sliding barn doors will certainly help with access issues.
Sliding barn doors are perfect for storage sheds. They can even make your shed look like a purpose-built barn that fits right in your backyard. You can also design your sliding barn door to fit your function and aesthetic needs.
What’s great about this barn door setup is that the hardware is made from skateboard wheels. Yes, ordinary, off-the-shelf, skateboard wheels are way cheaper than store-bought sliding barn door hardware. This barn door is very easy to build too and only requires basic tools.
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How to Build DIY Sliding Barn Doors From Skateboard Wheels
Picture this: the smooth, effortless glide of a sliding barn door, not on traditional tracks, but instead, propelled by repurposed skateboard wheels. It’s quite impressive, isn’t it?
So, embark on a journey where the world of skateboarding collides with the rustic charm of sliding barn doors. Get ready to roll into an exciting project that promises a blend of functionality, style, and a dash of rebellious spirit.
It’s time to learn how to build your very own DIY sliding barn doors from skateboard wheels – a project that will have your home sliding into a new realm of creativity and uniqueness.
- Skateboard Wheels and Bearings
- Galvanized Steel Rails
- Long 1×1 Angle Iron
- 2 pieces 4’ long 1-1/2” x 1/8” Flat Stock Steel
- Nuts, Bolts and Washers
- Extra pieces of Wood
- Jig Saw
- Drill Press (you can also use a Hand Drill if your hands are strong and steady enough)
- Carpenter’s Level
- Tape Measure
- Carpenter’s Level
1. Cut the flat stock steel into half to make four 24-inch strips. Then bend them into U shapes using a 1-inch steel rod clamped on the table. See the picture below. Grab both ends of the steel and pull upwards. The flat stock will bend relatively easily.
2. Use a hammer to bend the part near the pipe even more since you will need a tight curve creating about only 1-1/4 inches of space between the two sides of the flat steel.
3. Put a skateboard wheel in between to make sure the space provided allows the wheel to move. Also, mark the steel where the axles will be.
4. Cut a small piece of 1-1/4″ thick wood and place it in between the steel to serve as support while you drill pilot holes on the mark that you made. Then replace your drill bit with a 5/16″ to drill final holes for mounting the axle.
5. There’s no exact measurement for drilling the holes in the steel. As long as the wheel can rotate properly without touching the bent part of the steel, it would be fine. Place washers in between the sides of the steel and the wheel so that the two would not come in contact when you screw down the bolt.
You may have to make some trial and error with different sizes of washers to determine the right one – consider the thickness of your barn door.
6. Bore two openings at either extremity of the flat steel. The precise placement of these openings will be contingent upon the specific door you are working with, but ensure that they are positioned securely within the door’s robust section.
This is what the galvanized steel rail looks like. The length of your railing would depend on the width of your door. If for example, your door has a 6′ width/opening, then you would need 12′ of this – double the size.
7. Mount the rail on the surface using 3″ lag bolts, steel washers and 11/16th nuts.
In this photo, you’ll see that an angle iron is placed on top of the rail.
8. To properly determine the location of the rail, place any kind of 1/2-inch thick spacer on the floor of your door opening. Set your door on the spacer and mark the top edge of your door on the surface where you will be mounting the rail. Then measure another 1/2″ to mark where the edge of the railing will be. Use a carpenter’s level to draw a straight line along the surface. It should be equal to the length of your railing.
To attach the door, temporarily clamp it at the opening of the door or have someone hold it in place while you slip two hangers/rollers in place. Mark the holes from the end of the flat steel on your door surface.
Drill the holes in the door and then screw them together with the hangers/rollers using nuts and bolts. Slide the door to make sure there aren’t any installation issues. Take note that the end lag bolt that holds the rail serves as your stopper.
9. Lastly, to keep the door vertical and to prevent it from swaying during strong winds, install an angle iron on the floor as shown in the picture.
Thank you dewey302 for sharing insights into this project.
Creative DIY Barn Doors
This creative DIY project is all about transforming traditional sliding barn doors into a unique and stylish design using repurposed skateboard wheels. By combining the rustic charm of barn doors with the urban coolness of skateboard wheels, you can create a functional and aesthetically appealing home decor element.
This project promises to infuse your living space with a touch of creativity, rebellious spirit, and a distinctive, eye-catching design that sets your home apart. Also, consider the significant cost savings associated with choosing this DIY venture.
Are you ready to make your own skateboard sliding doors?