Wooden Doormat

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Having seen this doormat on another DIY website, I wanted to attempt to make one myself.  The cost would be low since it is made from Pine and I already had a few wood stains left over from other projects.  To mix it up a bit, designed the door mat with 3 pieces instead of 2 like in the original to give the doormat more depth.

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I made 36 cuts of 9″ long pieces with a jig with the 12″ sliding miter saw.  And since they are 1″ x 2″ boards I was able to stack the boards 3 high and make the cuts all the cuts even faster.

I then took a third of the boards and stained them a Varathane Dark Walnut color.  One third I stained with Minwax Sedona Red. And the rest I decided to leave a natural pine color.

To put the rods thru the board I used a drill press to make the holes  1 and 1/4 in from each.

In hindsight it would have been better to stain after drilling the holes because it left some wood splinters that had to be sanded.  Luckily I have a nice belt sander from Harbor Freight that I picked up for another project that made the sanding job really quick. Since I was sanding the splinters  I rounded both ends off at the same time.

Now it was time to thread the 1/4-20 x 24″ threaded rods thru the holes I drilled. It took several tries changing the colors around but my helper and I finally found a pattern we liked.

The rods had about a 1/2 inch extra on both ends so I took an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel and cut the extra off.

Lastly to protect the color of the stain I put 3 coats of Minwax Spar Urethane on both sides of the beautiful wooden doormat.