New sliding doors to the deck.

  • Advertise with us
Project by riverguy posted 12-21-2012 10:05 PM 1796 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a sliding door I did for our house in Hawaii. The photos show the ugly original aluminum doors that always left a lot of nasty hardware in the visual opening even when the doors were “fully open.” So I removed all that hardware and cased in a new frame to accommodate new doors. They are made of made of kd clear fir to compliment the woods used throughout this classic 1948-vintage plantation-style home. The doors were trimmed with mahogany for contrast. The mahogany trim also created the stops for the big piece of laminated safety glass. The glass door hangs from a heav-duty set of rollers that ride in a track that extends five feet beyond the opening. The bottom of the door is secured with an oak spline set into a groove in the bottom of the door. The spline is secured with 6 set screws so it can be slid out the end for easy hanging and removal of the heavy door. The spline then rides in a groove milled into a full-length oak threshold.

The screen door hangs from a closet-door track tucked under a valance that matches the exterior trim. As a finishing fun touch, I incorporated the outside door pull into the mahogany trim. It’s all finished with four coats of spar varnish.

The reason for the 6” wide stained-glass panel at one edge of the door was that the deck was not quite wide enough to let me slide a full-width door completely out of the opening, so I felt a decorative panel would make the project look more finished (not to mention better planned) than to have part of the door sticking into the opening.

The finished project made a huge difference in the feel of the kitchen and its openness to the outdoors.

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

5 comments so far

View woodshaver's profile


3205 posts in 2353 days

#1 posted 12-21-2012 11:09 PM

Now that is one handsome door! I like the handel very cool !!!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

View a1Jim's profile


113624 posts in 2577 days

#2 posted 12-22-2012 12:14 AM

Super looking door ,very nice.

-- Custom furniture

View MedicineMan's profile


104 posts in 1467 days

#3 posted 12-22-2012 01:19 AM

Great looking doors. I hope to learn how to make a door on tracks to make a sliding screen for my den. Did you get the rollers at a box store and use an aluminum track? Yours looks sturdy and I bet it slides smoothly. Great post.

View riverguy's profile


91 posts in 1064 days

#4 posted 12-22-2012 05:51 AM

MedicineMan, the hardware I use for these kinds of doors is this Stanley BP150N-41 BP150N-41 HANGER SET # 40-5304, and the appropriate track that is sold wherever you find the above hardware. I’ve been getting it at our local well-supplied lumber yard, but on occasion I’ve seen them at HD, too. Just google the part number and you’ll find a supplier near you. The hardware is easy to install and adjust for fine-tuning the height once installed. It is also designed for easy removal of the doors, should it be required. The track is aluminum, but it is pretty heavy duty and the whole setup is rated at 200 lbs. My 5’ wide door with a huge piece of laminated safety glass weighed about 70 pounds, a guess, since I couldn’t have lifted it into place had it much heavier! The much lighter screen door is hung from regular single-roller closet door hardware, and it works just fine. Hope that helps!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

View Rob186's profile


23 posts in 1334 days

#5 posted 12-24-2012 01:38 AM

The door looks great i think I am going to have to give door making a try

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics