Bi-Fold closet doors

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Project by lance posted 10-07-2007 09:12 PM 6777 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our master bedroom closets are bastard sizes, so I decided that I would make two sets of doors for my first woodworking project.

They are made from 12’ by 5/4 rough poplar. The first two have been pre-assembled to make sure all the parts fit as they were intended. The remaining two will be ready to pre-assemble in a couple of days. I had to remake four of the parts. I will upload pics of the finished products as soon as I’ve completed them..

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#1 posted 10-07-2007 09:51 PM

Did I read that right, this is your first project? Most people would start out with something like a napkin holder and you’re taking on a set of bi-fold raised panel doors. RIGHT ON BOB! Nice work and I see you’ve got some nice tools there too. Way to “Get-er-done”!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#2 posted 10-07-2007 10:24 PM

nice work. looking forward to ssing them finished and installed.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 10-07-2007 11:59 PM

Super job on the doors, Lance!

That’s another advantage of being a woodworker; you can make things they don’t sell at the home improvement centers.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 10-08-2007 12:00 AM

Great Job Bob.

Way to go.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 10-08-2007 12:41 AM

Hi Bob. The doors look great. Good job.

-- bryano

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#6 posted 10-08-2007 04:50 AM

Hi Bob;

You’ve done a great job here!

Excellent choice in table saws, by the way.

You must be a natural. having done this so early out of the gate!

How are the cabinet plans coming?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 10-08-2007 08:01 AM

First Project? If so, it is absolutely great (it’s great even if it’s not your first) but you sure took on a tough one for your beginning. You just gave me an idea – I have two sliding doors (6’) on my closet and was thinking about buying some bi-fold doors to change the look. I think I will consider building myself some now.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 10-08-2007 08:51 AM

Very nice set of doors, specially—but not only—for a first project Bob.

So, tell us about that new ”Steel City” tablesaw. Correct me if I’m wrong but I’d say it is the new granite top one. How does it feel and perform? What about the miter gauge channel? You could blog a quick review that I’m sure a lot of people would be very interested to read.

Keep up the good work, man.

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#9 posted 10-08-2007 02:47 PM

Really nice doors! and for a first project absolutly great!

-- Spread love with our work

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#10 posted 10-08-2007 02:51 PM

Great looking doors.

Perhaps you meant the first project posted on this site?

(I’m hoping that’s the case.)

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#11 posted 10-08-2007 04:54 PM

Hi TomFran, Cajunpen, Jojo, Herbr, Markrules and Everyone Else who was kind enough to contact me about my project, shop or both. Thank you for all your kind words of encouragement.

For those of you who were not sure if I really meant that this was my first project please read on. One must remember that our tools deserve a lot of the credit for what we do.

Back in January I took a router class at our local Woodcraft store, some time after that I took a class on using a router table. A while later I took a class in making raised panel doors. Up to that point I had never used any of these tools. I bought some 6” wide finished poplar cut it to length and glued them together without first jointing them or planing them. These became the shelves in my son’s bedroom closet. Oh! I used the sears router my wife had bought me for Xmas to make my first and only dato’s. Over the next four or five months I purchased all the equipment you see in my shop except for the Jointer.

Since I had forgotten so much of what I had been taught in the classes I had taken months and months before, Karson was kind enough to offer to allow me to use his jointer and to give me a one on one class on making my doors. Under his tutelage I prepared much of the wood. Not having all the wood that was needed I returned to my shop. Then I spent about a month or more shopping around and buying my jointer. Now that I had all the tools I needed I resumed my first project. Oh! As I proceeded their were problems and questions that came up and thanks to many of you Lumberjocks and the guys at our local Woodcraft store I am almost finished my first project, but you might say, not single handed.

Keeping in mind that I am a neophyte, I can’t say much about my tools except they are all helping me to do a good job. All have met my high expectations and Steel City is a great company to do business with. I believe they really know the meaning of the word quality and their customer serve team has been right their to do whatever to solve any problems I had. None of which had anything to do with the quality of their products. Oh! My saw doesn’t have a granite top. The people at our local Woodcraft store have been extremely helpful.

Thanks to everyone who has helped me get to where I am. And, don’t forget to expect more questions, because I have a hell of a lot to learn. My bucket of knowledge appears nearly empty. Thanks again for all the support including Mot who taught me how to upload my shop and project to our site.

Have a great day

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#12 posted 10-10-2007 10:00 AM

”One must remember that our tools deserve a lot of the credit for what we do.”

Bob our tolls, great as they might be, are dumb and they need a smart operator to do smart jobs. And yours is one of them.

”Karson was kind enough to offer to allow me to use his jointer and to give me a one on one class on making my doors”

Damn! I knew he was cheating! ;o) What else could we expect from one of Karson’s disciples but a fine job?

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#13 posted 10-11-2007 05:03 PM

Lance! Great job! As a first project, you sure got to use all of those new toys. How did you like the jointer? The doors look straight so it looks like you made good use of it. What a great piece! I’m glad you’re posting your stuff!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 10-11-2007 08:42 PM

Great work!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#15 posted 10-12-2007 03:04 PM

Hi Tom,

The doors we needed, so I had to buy each of the tools that were needed to accomplish the task. Thank God I didn’t need anything else.

I’m very pleased with the jointer. Steel City was right there ready to send me a new fence, but I told them to hold off until I was sure it wasn’t something that was out of alignment. Thank God it was just that, so I didn’t need another new fence. In my book, Steel City is another way of spelling high quality.

Hope all is going well with you and yours in that big country to our north.

Have a great day,

-- Bob Lance, DE

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