Project Guide

Outdoor Wood Doormat

1
MEASURE AND MARK THE WOOD
Measure and mark the wood - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Measure and mark the eight 36 x 2 x 2-inch balusters exactly halfway through, so each baluster will be cut into two 18-inch pieces.

2
CUT THE BALUSTERS
Cut the balusters - Outdoor Wood Doormat
  • Cut the balusters you just marked using the circular saw to obtain a total of 16 18-inch sections.
  • See this cut diagram for details.
3
CUT THE ROPE
Cut the rope - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Measure and cut two 80-inch-long pieces of rope.

4
SAND AND PAINT
Sand and paint - Outdoor Wood Doormat
  • Sand the rough edges of the cut wood, then paint, stain or seal all wood pieces.
  • Let dry.
5
MEASURE AND MARK DRILLING HOLES
Measure and mark drilling holes - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Measure in 1 inch from both ends of all 16 wood sections and mark with a pencil.

6
DRILL ALL HOLES
Drill all holes - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Using a 3/8-inch drill bit, drill holes through the balusters along each mark you just made.

7
THREAD ROPE AND TIE KNOTS
Thread rope and tie knots - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Tip: Wrap the end of the rope with a piece of tape to make it easier to thread.

  • Tie a knot at one end of one of the pieces of rope. Thread the other end of the rope through a hole at one end of one of the baluster sections and tie another knot.
  • Continue threading the rope through the holes of all remaining wooden pieces, tying knots between each section.
  • With the second piece of rope, repeat knotting and threading through the holes on the other side of the sections.
8
CLEAN UP THE MAT
Clean up the mat - Outdoor Wood Doormat

Cut any excess rope off both sides after the final knot has been tied.