200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Barn Door Project
This project has been almost two years in the making. My shed door swings out, except in the winter when a rock frost-heaves up just enough to block the door. The rock is not visibly higher, but the shed door won't open.
The onset of winter means bringing into the house all the tools I think I might need in the next few months. If I get it wrong, I can always crawl into the shed through a tiny hole in a side wall. Wonderful. The solution was obvious to me, but it took a long time to get here. Replace the swinging door with a door that slides like a barn door. A sliding barn door.
I timed the project for when my mother would be here, since hanging this thing will be a two-person job. What I didn't anticipate was all the stops and starts. (Silly me - this happens every single time I try a project that I have no idea how to do! I should build 3 trips to a hardware store into the plan.) First it was finding a window. Then it was buying another piece of tongue and groove, since the 8-inch pieces are really 7 inches wide. Now it's finding some sort of clamp to pull these pieces together.
It's times like these when I really wish for a handy male. My ex-husband did this sort of thing really well.
As you can see, I haven't started to fabricate. Even though I think I've got everything now, there may still be a store trip or two left in this project.