It’s nice to have a doormat, especially at the back door, where some mud can be carried into the house from the garden. It creates a barrier between wet and dry surface. Hardwood would be ideal for this project, but I only had some pressure treated softwood on hand. Also, some decking stain could be the best finish for this, but again – I used what I had. It’s OK to do some experiments from time to time, am I right? I started with ripping the 2×3 in half and cutting to length 6 equal pieces. The only trick I had in mind, to protect softwood from dents, was to round over the corners with a router. Not much, but it should make the edges not so brittle.
Next I drilled holes using my mini drill press, 10 mm at one end and 8 mm at the other. 2 threaded rods of 2 different sizes, simply because I only had that on hand. I also used different washers and of course nuts for each side. For the assembly I used a scrap wood spacer, 2 spanners and a mallet.
I cut the rods to size and eased the edges with a special tool. Then I installed the last slat, checked the spacing again and loosened up all the nuts before I applied oil.
One heavy coat of boiled linseed oil soaked into the wood and dried for a couple of days. I re-tightened the nuts and that way my new wooden doormat was ready to go. It seats flat on the ground, on both sides, which means I drilled the holes properly. It can be flipped over with the smooth side up, which is not exactly what I expect from a doormat, but there is an option for that. Smooth side also reveals some lettering and has more industrial look. The doormat can be also placed the rough side up, which is safer for people.