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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 06-16-2015 02:00 PM 924 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over the last several months my wife and I have been working around the house. Actually prepping the house to put on the market in a couple years so we can move to the Seattle area to be with our grand kids.
One our our projects happen to be our bedroom. Around the windows and trim I have added a simple shaker style look. Along with the trim we made big changes to the closet doors. This simple project went very well and it has made a big change.
The original doors were hollow doors that came from the local home center. These doors are quite different. Actually if I was to make them again I may do it different. Mainly to make them lighter.
First I started with using 1/2 inch plywood for the sub-staright. Over top of that plywood I glued 1/8” hardwood (Masonite) that is pre-painted on one side. The frame is typical pine boards. On the outer vertical sides of the door I mitered the edges and wrapped the wood around the corner. Making it have that thick look.
For the handles I purchased gate hardware at Lowes and bolted on. CAUTION !! because these doors slide, the handle on the left door could cause a pinch point for the fingers. For the sliding track I replaced the old track and added new rollers. You can buy the whole kit for around $15.00 at Lowes.
At bottom of door I had to make a guide to keep the doors from swaying back and fourth. I made this guide out of oak. Reason I had to make was that the standard guides that come with the slide package is only for 1 3/8” thick doors.
Each door is 1.50” thick x 30” wide x 84” tall.
If you are interested in making something like this please let me know and I will be glad to share with you my thoughts.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana





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Boxguy

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#1 posted 06-17-2015 01:55 AM

Tom, these are beautiful. There is a reason they are usually hollow core designs. Would there be a way to put a stop up high somewhere to keep the fingers safe? Nice work. Looks like our area is in for some really warm weather in the next week or two.

-- Big Al in IN

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Tom Pritchard

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#2 posted 06-17-2015 11:31 AM

Hey Boxguy, That is a great idea. I can add the stop block on back side of door and no one would see it.I will do that. Thanks much..

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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Richard

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#3 posted 06-29-2015 07:48 PM

Over the last several months my wife and I have been working around the house. Actually prepping the house to put on the market in a couple years so we can move to the Seattle area to be with our grand kids.

I hope you Love the Rain as much as you Love your Grandkids. It is really Wet in Seattle.

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