Milo Valley Farm - barn doors, part 5

by brae  

Finishing up the barn doors.  Glue will be the main support for the tubes.  I used The Ultimate by Crafter's Pick supplemented with dots of super glue gel, leaving a slight gap in the middle.  I'll explain why in a moment.

I added strips of wood around the rest of the door opening to help with the slight gap between the door frame and the doors.  This won't block all of the gap, but it will help.  This might not have been necessary had I planned better, but let's just say this is a replacement set of doors tacked onto the front after a wayward tractor mishap.  haaaaaaaaaaa!

I added brackets to either end.  These are black craft paper not zinc since they are mainly for show not function.  Plus, it was easier to make them from paper and get a good fit.

I faked the tiny nails with paint.

Moment of truth!  :D  I slipped in one door and then the other.  The gap allows the pin head (hahaha - it never gets old) to fit in between.

The door slides in the track until the other pin head can slip into place.  It took a few tries to fit the doors well.  I bent the pins until they hung properly in the track.  They can't be moved using only the handles; I have to grip them by the sides to slide, but that's just fine with me.  :]

I added the final bracket in the middle to cover the gap.  If I ever have to work on the doors, I can peel the paper bracket loose.

Hooray!  :D

Perhaps there should be a handle inside, but...I kinda love it as is.  One of my art professors once said it takes two people to make a work of art; one to do the work and one to hit that person over the head when it's done.  :D  I going to hit myself on the head concerning the doors.  We'll just say there's enough of a gap to get a hand in there to pry them open.

10 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
I love the doors! They are totally wonderful! They look so realistic, they really add that extra touch to this barn! :D
02/11/16 @ 21:37
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
First rate job on the doors! I am very taken with all the hardware and your clever use of the different materials.
02/11/16 @ 23:31
Comment from: Shelleybweb [Visitor]
It looks so realistic. Craft paper instead of metal! A secret slot! The ingenuity is wonderful!
02/12/16 @ 04:45
Comment from: BunnyD [Visitor]
I figured the gap was to get the pin heads (hahaha) in. I love how the bracket covers it perfectly. You'd need one there too. Love bunny checking out your work.
02/12/16 @ 05:30
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
The doors turned out so incredibly well, but it's the rail mechanism that clinches it. Like Barbara said, it's so clever how you take some ordinary thing and transform it into something entirely different, and the results are always extraordinary. I love how finished the building looks already, just by adding the doors.
02/12/16 @ 09:25
Comment from: Jodi Hippler [Visitor]
I really love them, Brae! And it's nice to know that you struggle with things too, because they turn out so wonderfully! If you didn't share the struggles, we'd be convinced that you are a super mini ninja robot! Lol!
02/12/16 @ 11:47
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
Bravo!!! It looks Fantastic!!! (A flat wooden block "handle" on one inside door would be sufficient for a hand-hold and would be accurate as that is what we had on our big old barn doors! Not that you need to add anything! :)) I love the rusty marks where the nails go through and the fact that you have made working "rolling" barn door is Awesome!!! I love the shot with the bunny in the door!
02/12/16 @ 17:13
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
It's all excellent and I admire the time you spend on each individual detail - a lesson to us all! Love the bunny too.
02/13/16 @ 04:35
Comment from: Monique [Visitor]
I love what you've done with the handles in your part 4 and this all just looks awesome! I love the story about the tractor accident, hahahaha, smart and very plausible. And it looks so great, I would never have guessed things might not be as 'planned', it just looks like it should, gaps and all :D. And I think buildings like that are also very likely to have things like no handles on the inside right? I've once seen a photo of an old canalhouse in Amsterdam that had no door! The architect forgot or something (don't remember, can't find it again, it was real funny, but mostly weird &#59;) ). Great work Brae, as always!
02/13/16 @ 08:30
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :>>
02/15/16 @ 19:22


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