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We want to install a sliding barn door. Any ideas?
—Deborah Beck, Bucks county, Pennsylvania

More than 1,000 of you, including reader Deborah Beck, wanted to know the best way to tackle this project. It's easy to see why: Hanging a door on a track means you don't have to rip open and reframe a wall for a pocket door. Plus, mounting hardware is available in all manner of styles and budgets, and the door options are limitless—from salvage finds to original DIY creations like this one, a mix of pallet wood and common cedar. Follow along for the how-to fromTOH senior technical editor Mark Powers and to see a gallery of readers' own sliding-barn-door projects.

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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamp
      Bar clamps
    • drill
    • adjustable clamp
      Speed clamps
    • straightedge clamp
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nailer and compressor
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • pocket hole jig
      Pocket-hole jig kit
    • 1/8-inch drill bit
      -inch drill bit
    • cleaning rag
      Cotton rag
    • 1 inch paint brush
      Small paintbrush
    • studfinder
      Stud finder
    • 5/16-inch drill bit
      5⁄16-inch drill bit
    • socket wrench
      -inch socket wrench
    • two-foot level
      2-foot level

    Shopping List

    Track and rollers1x6 pine. Get seven 8-footers for the back.

    1x3 strapping. Get one 8-footer for blocking.

    1x4 pine. Get one 8-footer for the mounting board.

    1x5 pine. Get one 10-footer and two 6-footers for the filler strips.

    Pallet boards. Salvage about 40 pieces.

    1x6 rough common western red cedar. Get three 8-footers and one 6-footer to make the face frame.

    1¼-inch deck screws

    18-gauge 1¼-inch brads for the pneumatic nailer

    1¼-inch pocket-hole screws

    3-inch deck screws

    Panel construction adhesive. Get two tubes.

    Wood glue

    Paste wax

    100-grit sandpaper

    Latex paint

    Door handle