|Project by tsdahc||posted 06-21-2013 01:25 PM||6081 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
About 2 years ago we decided to remove the ugly large heavy mirrored doors form our closet. The closet opening was basically 8ft by 8 ft, but the doors only let you open a 30” opening at a time. So we lived with a curtain covering the closet, it looked ok and was functional in allowing access to the whole closet. Then we decided to sell our house and the first thing our realtor said was, you need closet doors. So I began looking for options, since the opening was not standard length or height (95” x 94”) i was either looking at getting 8ft hollow core doors riping them to correct height then rebuilding the frame, which was a royal pain. The next option was solid core doors, these things were expensive, 8 ft doors are not cheap adding solid core onto it tripled the price. So then i decided on custom which was even more. Spending $1500 or more on closet doors was out of the question so I decided heck I have a full wood shop, lets make some doors. This is what I came up with. I purchased a multi by pass system made by johnson hardware. This hardware is awesome. I had looked at the big box in store offerings and was not impressed, sure it was cheap but didnt look like it would work so I splurged on the hardware and I am glad I did, it was fairly straight forward to install the hardware and the doors just glide with one finger pushing. SO on to the doors, these are by no means works of art, they are purely functional, cheap and quick to build. I used primed finger board from ORANGE as well as 1/4 ply form the same place. I cut all the pieces at one time using stop blocks to ensure they were all the same then broke out my Kreg jig, after a about 100 pocket holes I began gluing and screwing the frames together. Once the frame was doen flipped it over on its face and glued and nailed the panels on the back. I figured this isnt a walk in closet so who cares what the back looks like. The doors are a little over 3/4 thick which is what I needed to use for a triple bypass door in the width available. Hung all three and painted them. These doors are large, 93” x 32” but since they were not thick and made from pine I was able to carry them up two flights of stairs and install by myself. If I was staying in this home I would have made them diferently but since it was getting sold I went for speed since I had a bunch of other projects. Took me about 3-4 hours to build the doors and anouther few hours to hang and paint. I think they turned out great for what they are and kick myslef for not doing this years ago.