Ok, I have this sliding door that just wouldn’t slide smoothly through the slot in the wood! Grrr, this was a problem. It can’t work like this. There must be a better way. I was making sawdust pushing it in and out and that can’t be good… the slot – there’s two btw…
The plans were none to clear, in fact they call for a wooden dowel. How long would that last before wearing out? So, I opted for the smooth shank on a 1/4” wood bolt. Hacked the hex head off, then the screw end and I had a nice 1/4” steel rod 3/4” long. I polished the ends and fit them to the door – see before pic. That’s when ‘the issue’ happened! It wouldn’t slide for nothing! Push, pull, tussle, tug grumble grrrr…
Tried bees wax, couldn’t get the wax in the 1/4” slot. Should I heat it up? Too complicated. It has to be simpler! I’m thinking of all these ‘fixes’ – a plastic insert? maybe there’s a center slide I could install on the underside of the top? Nope. Back to the drawing board.
I decided to round off the ends more than I thought necessary on the first attempt. Chucked the rod in my drill press and mill bastarded it. Smoothed it off with some 400 w/d paper. Put it back in the door and WOW! it was amazing! Just as if it was designed that way.
Small successes sure make the job fun. Now that this part is out of the way, I’m on to making drawers next.
-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I