Our front door faces north and is not covered very well from the elements. In the past we've tried a couple of doormats and were not impressed with how wet they stayed after extensive rain. So when we gave our front door a face lift we also addressed the doormat issue and decided to tackle this Martha Stewart one.
It's super easy and I like how it turned out. My hubby used his table saw to cut the pieces and finally had a legitimate reason to use his drill press - allowing for perfectly spaced holes, time after time. The only thing that bothers me slightly is that the slats are not always perfectly aligned due to the flexibility of the rope. Hubby thinks we could use dowels to separate the slates if we attempt another mat, which would make it more rigid.
Now we have a doormat that drains dirt and water and dries after a big rainstorm. Not too shabby, right?