How to Finish Ledge and Brace Doors

What You'll Need
Saw horses
Lumber with standard width
Circular saw
Galvanized screws
Screw gun

Ledge and brace doors can also be referred to as ledge barn doors. Although the ledge barn doors are a rustic concept, they have evolved into an attractive modern and efficient way to install weatherproof doors on a barn. They are usually a pair of doors that open to reveal a larger space. Although the building of ledge and brace doors can be a little complicated, following the given step-by-step guide in this article can help you in building and finishing your own ledge and brace doors. The tools and materials required are also given below. 

Step 1 – Measure the Size of the Door Opening 

It is fairly simple to measure the size of the door opening you wish to build the ledge and brace doors for. A rule of thumb is to make sure that you make doors that have a width that doesn’t exceed the height. Even virtually square doors can be too much to handle for the door hinges. 

Step 2 – Cut Your Wood 

Select the type of wood you want to use and place individual pieces on a pair of saw horses. Make sure you cut all the virtual places to the exact same length and that each wood board has the exact same width throughout. If there are inconsistencies in the width, use a table saw to set it right. Also, add up the total widths of the boards and see if they correspond to the total width you require for the door opening you calculated in Step 1. 

Step 3 – Rip Wood Boards for Width 

If your total board width is not equal to the width you require, you will have to rip some boards. Do that by using a circular saw. There are two ways to go about this. After you have ripped a board, you can place one of the ripped board pieces in the center of the door boards or you can place two pieces of ripped boards on the side of the door you wish to build. In either case, it is important to keep in mind that the total width you get should be ½ inch less than the door width you calculated in Step 1.

Step 4 – Cut Top and Bottom Ledge 

A ledge is just a piece of wood that will be running across the width of all the other boards. Cut two ledge pieces of the exact same width and attach them to the top and bottom of the ledge and brace door. You should attach them using wood screws.  

Step 5 – Attach Hinges and a Door Latch 

This is the finishing step. Use the drill to make holes to attach the hinges and the door latch. The hinges you use are very important. Make sure you buy hinges that are long, heavy-duty, metal, strap hinges. Any other type of hinges will not be able to support the weight of the door.