Welcome to Woodworking for Mere Mortals.

Free woodworking plans. Easy woodworking projects. Fun woodworking videos. Woodworking for Mere Mortals.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Make a wood doormat and make money

This project began as a germ of an idea. My wife took a picture of a rustic door mat she found that was made entirely out of sticks. I had never thought about wood doormats, so I looked online to find some precedent. Turns out, there are many.

Door mats are expensive!

But what caught my interest the most were the prices being charged: typically between $100 and $200 each.

I mulled it over a while to see if I could design something just as durable, yet easy and inexpensive to make. My first thought was to essentially make a miniature version of a deck. The problem here is that I didn't want to have to attach the individual planks with screws, which would look unpleasant. Plus, spacing the boards would be difficult: if they are even slightly askew, it would be blatantly apparent on such a small scale.

After many sketches, I finally came up with an elegant way to build this. It solves the problem of screwing in planks, and allows for expansion and contraction. But the best part: the board cost me $12. The only other supplies needed are two steel rods and 30 flat washers from the plumbing department. Total cost: $24. I'll bet you could sell these for over $100. If you use teak, you could double the price. Hey, why not try making some extra cash?


19 comments:

  1. Nah, I wouldn't say the stupidest bit...it's close, but I'd say it's number 2 or 3.
    Good idea, Steve. I might have to try making one of those. I've got some Ipe' that would work. It's only 3/4" thick though so it would be a good choice for the slats, but I'd have to use something thicker for the frame.

    ReplyDelete
  2. you cut the rounded edges of the board off and then rounded the pieces anyway :)

    that's a really great project and it looks very professional.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Redwood it cheap. It might be interesting to have a contrasting wood for the frame. BTW, I tested the 3/4" slats before I built this. A single slat 14" long easily holds my weight (185 lbs). And with them all in there, the weight is spread out.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Dave: Ha! I thought about that too when I edited this video. Well, the rounded edges were an afterthought!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Awesome Project Steve, Great looking doormat!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great project and it came out very well.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great project Steve.
    Your instructional videos are also fun to watch and make it easy to do.
    Thanks
    Eric

    ReplyDelete
  8. love it, i definitely want to try making one........or two, if the first turns out at all lol.

    ReplyDelete
  9. You need to be on TV Steve! Great project!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm an old softie when it comes to door mats. Or rather I like my door mats old and soft. But if I were to do this I'd run the slats parallel to the threshold. Just seems to make more grippy sense to me is all. I think I'd have run the edge bevels lower as well. Yours did come out real good looking though. It's positively louver-ly!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Might have been one of your stupidest scenes yet... but I loved it! Funniest thing I've seen all day. And a great project, too! You continue to impress me.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Another nice project Steve and thanks for the laugh!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love it, but the jig costs an arm and a leg. Did I screw up?

    ReplyDelete
  14. Another easy to make wood product that seems to sell for exoritant prices...

    http://hardwooddildos.com/

    ReplyDelete
  15. Yeah, I liked it so much ...I made one for my house -- love it. I might end up making one for a friend of mine at work for 80.00 bucks.

    ReplyDelete
  16. What was the reason in not cutting the slats all the same lenght to begin with, it seems it would have saved you a couple steps. Maybe more.

    ReplyDelete
  17. where can I find the plans to make this?

    ReplyDelete
  18. I just finished this door mat, which other than a couple projects, was my first complex project. I have never made 45 corners or pin holes. I must admit, as a glass not full enough guy, mine had some flaws. But if it makes the mother-in-law happy, then it is a winner. Thank you Steve for doing what you do. If you ever need a set of cornhole boards let me know. I am all about the paint on those.

    ReplyDelete