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Project by RGtools posted 440 days ago 2089 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife pointed out yet another last minute issue before our first booking of the year. The closet in one of our guest rooms kept coming off of the track. After a few minutes of futzing around it was pretty easy to determine that a VERY bad installation job on the piece of thin aluminum track was the problem. The whole thing was bowed so far in that is was causing the wheels to rub and pull off the track.

I kept looking at the grooves, and thinking “I know I could do that with my beading plane”, my wife was worried it would be an involved project, like everything else has been for the past two weeks. I decided that if I could not get it done in an hour, I would hang my head in shame and just buy the part when I was in town…

Total project time 1 hour 10 minutes (and 15 minutes of that was getting to that decent piece of oak I knew was at the bottom of the pile).

Tools used, in order of appearance:

Combo Square
Pencil
Dividers (about 3)
2 foot folding rule.
Crosscut Disston
Hatchet (great for dealing with the “L” that sometimes shows up in material I get a piece out of but don’t full crosscut) one swing only.
Rip Disston
Jack plane
Thickness planer (Deduct galoot points)
Stanley 50 Molding plane and a 1/4 bead cutter
Block plane (to round over the corners)
Shoulder Plane (to clean up tearout on the sides of the grooves since I kinda sorta forgot to install the knickers in the 50)
Hand-drill for Pilot hole
Hand-drill for Countersink
Dead blow mallet for last minute adjustment.
Hand-drill to drive the screws in and lower my wife’s blood pressure by several notches.

It works well enough that I have been asked to fix all the other closets in the house.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 440 days ago

Woodworking projects that double as home improvement projects are the best. Good job.

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Brandon

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#2 posted 440 days ago

How many other people are using a beading plane in their home improvement projects? Not many, that’s for sure!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Knothead62

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#3 posted 440 days ago

Good idea and innovative use of the beading plane.

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dragonnotes

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#4 posted 440 days ago

Great work pleasing the wife, that’s the most difficult project of them all!!

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 440 days ago

Nice solution to a problem… Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Don W

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#6 posted 440 days ago

great idea. Better solution, less money, more galoot points.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Roger

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#7 posted 440 days ago

Gr8 solution for a good fix.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 440 days ago

Very resourceful thinking and a beautiful execution of the project.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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ldl

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#9 posted 440 days ago

Great job. Wood looks better than metal anyway.

After looking at this it came to my mind that would be a good way to make a thickness plainer sled track for a router.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Wolffarmer

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#10 posted 440 days ago

Great job. There are few words to describe how I feel about sliding closet doors.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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BBF

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#11 posted 440 days ago

Nice job but just remember that next time you need to fix something around the house you “need” to buy another tool to do it.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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AnthonyReed

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#12 posted 440 days ago

+1 Shane.

Good stuff Ryan. Well done man.

“It works well enough that I have been asked to fix all the other closets in the house.” – No good deed goes unpunished.

-- ~Tony

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JayT

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#13 posted 440 days ago

It works well enough that I have been asked to fix all the other closets in the house

There’s your mistake. Now you have to get the honey-do’s out of the way before working on any of your own projects.

Very nice job, Ryan.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Don W

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#14 posted 440 days ago

It works well enough that I have been asked to fix all the other closets in the house

A reason to buy some more oak!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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AnthonyReed

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#15 posted 440 days ago

^ Glass half full guy right there.

-- ~Tony

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