Decking doormat

Mark Rayner creates a handy all-weather doormat using grooved decking and Resene Woodsman Decking Stain.

You will need: approx. 5.5m of 100mm x 25mm treated pine decking, exterior PVA glue, 35mm treated pine self-embedding screws, paintbrush, paint stirrer, pencil, sandpaper, saw, screwdriver, set square and tape measure, Resene Woodsman Decking Stain tinted to Resene Kwila.

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Step 1 how to make a decking doormat

Step 1
Measure five 800mm lengths of treated pine decking. Use the back of the saw to mark 90-degree cutting lines across the timber, as shown.

Step 2 how to make a decking doormat

Step 2
Use these pencil lines to saw the decking into five equal lengths (these will form the top of the doormat).

Step 3 how to make a decking doormat

Step 3
In the same way, measure, mark and cut three 480mm lengths of decking to form the underneath supports. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.

Step 4 how to make a decking doormat

Step 4
Place the five 800mm lengths of timber on a flat and stable surface, grooved side down, as shown. Leave a small gap between each.

Step 5 how to make a decking doormat

Step 5
Position one of the underneath supports, grooved side up across one edge, as shown, and fix with PVA glue and 35mm screws. Use a set square to ensure the timber is at right angles.

Step 6 how to make a decking doormat

Step 6
In the same way, fix a second support along the other edge. Again, use the set square to ensure the timber is at right angles.

Step 7 how to make a decking doormat

Step 7
Mark the midway point across the underside of the timber doormat.

Step 8 how to make a decking doormat

Step 8
Using this pencil mark as a guide, fix the third support across the centre of the doormat, as shown.

Step 9 how to make a decking doormat

Step 9
Carefully stir the Resene Woodsman Decking Stain with a paint stirrer.

Step 10 how to make a decking doormat

Step 10
Apply one coat of Resene Woodsman Decking Stain to the doormat, brushing in the direction of the grain.

Step 11 how to make a decking doormat

Step 11
Continue until the entire doormat is coated with Resene Woodsman Decking Stain. Allow 24 hours before using doormat.

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