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(Home Depot’s Example Wooden Doormat)
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- (4) 1″x 2″ boards
- (1) 1″x 4″ board
- Sisal Rope
- Stain (Consider weatherproofing if applicable)
- Wood Glue
- 2″ Nails
- Miter Saw
- 5/16″ Drill Bit
- Nail Gun
- Tape Measure
- Safety Glasses
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- (2) @ 21″
- (10) @ 29″
- (2) @ 19 1/2″
- (1) @ 29″
Once all boards are cut , sand smooth.
Step 2. Drill holes
Once holes are drilled, then sand down any tear out from drilling.
Step 3. Stain
I would highly suggest staining BEFORE assembling. Honestly trying to stain around the rope and down in between the slats sounds like a pain in the… bum, or if you are glutton for punishment, be my guest.
Like I said before, if this is going to be sitting out during the monsoon season in Florida, I would suggest taking extra precautions to treat your wood. (Like put it in a Ziploc bag 🙂 Makes sense right ? I live in Florida where we have a lot of sun and heat… naturally. When selecting a stain I opted for a weatherproofing stain. I used Behr Weatherproofing Stain in “Coffee”.
Step 4. String em’
Next up, sisal rope! I used 1/4″ Sisal Rope. When stringing/knotting your rope, one thing to keep in mind is that the gaps between the boards needs to be 1/2″. I used spacers to make sure I was making my knots tight/small enough.
Use the diagram below for order, and spacing. Leave about 3/4″ rope cut off from the first and last board. (See image in Step 5. for reference)
Step 5. Top and Bottom
Using the remaining (4) 29″ boards we will make the top and bottom boards that will help frame out the door mat. Following the diagram below secure the boards together. (You will make two of these). First glue them together, and for a little extra insurance reinforce with 2″ nails.
REMEMBER the board with the hole through it will be sitting with the 2″ side up. (see Diagram)
In order to hide the remaining sisal rope, I added a small amount of wood glue inside of the hole drilled into the 1″x 2″ board. Simply insert the leftover sisal rope into the drilled hole with the adhesive. The adhesive will just be a little extra insurance that the rope will not slip out.
Step 6. Attach Sides
Next I added a small amount of wood glue to the ends of all the boards. I then attached the 21″, 1″x 2″ boards to both ends. After making sure all of the spacing was correct, I then used a nailer and 2″ nails to reinforce .
Step 7. Back Supports
Lastly, I added supports to the back side. I wanted this to add strength to the unit, but also really make the knots stand out! I added a small amount of wood glue to the back of the slats, and then reinforced with 1 1/4″ nails.
There you have it folks, a new twist on an old favorite! For sneak peeks of my upcoming projects be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. You can also, follow me on Pinterest to get tons of projects plans from all around the web!
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