|Project by Muzhik||posted 04-27-2015 10:09 AM||1546 views||13 times favorited||13 comments|
As part of a larger, ongoing project, I made these three sliding Japanese-style Shoji panel screens to replace the bamboo curtain that was a window treatment for my patio door when I bought this house a year ago. The original hardware holding up the bamboo gave way one night and traumatized the pup in the first picture when it came crashing down!
The doors are made of cherry, and the paper is laminated for a little water resistance and more importantly durability. A paw is far less likely to go through these screens that if I had simply used kozo paper, like I did on my lamps.
For sliding hardware, I went with a bypass door kit from Johnson Hardware. Originally I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate barn door hardware, but it would require some custom fabrication to get the doors to stack on one another. Rather than acquire all of the tools and skills necessary for that (or pay a blacksmith), I decided to build an enclosure to conceal the hardware and stick with a more “traditional” look. Typically, shoji ride in wooden tracks, both on the floor and up top. That would have been problematic in this case, though, just because the bottom track would require regular maintenance and cleaning, which would get old in a hurry. Instead, I went with a metal hardware kit that foregoes the bottom track altogether.
Admittedly, they look a little funky from the outside, but our house backs to woods and the only people that will ever foresee-ably be out there with these screens closed are people who don’t belong!