Help - Sliding doors

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by Woodcanuck posted 09-20-2010 10:30 PM 1175 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
View Woodcanuck's profile


128 posts in 3201 days

09-20-2010 10:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sliding door

I’ve got to build some cabinets for a laundry room and my wife wants a couple of them to have sliding doors as they’ll be more functional for her than doors that swing open.

I’m trying to figure out what the best way is to build these. I’m more than a little stumped on the whole ‘sliding’ part. The way I see it there are two possibilities:

1 – no hardware: build some sort of rail system that the doors glide on similar to a drawer.
2 – hardware: LV has sliding door HW for ~$20/door, which is ok, holds up to 27lbs, but this probably isn’t my only option…just the only option I’ve found.

I wouldn’t mind trying something a bit different, but at this stage I’m not sure where to go.

I’ve got two sets of doors to contend with:
1 – a cabinet with an opening that’s roughly 32” high x 36” wide.
2 – a full height ‘closet’ that has a max opening 88” high x 72” wide.


-- Ian - Life's a game, if you don't play, you can't win.

1 reply so far

View Gregn's profile


1642 posts in 3184 days

#1 posted 09-21-2010 03:02 PM

You can make the rails for the cabinet doors to use without any hardware and cut rabbets in the back and the top and bottom and wax them good so they will slide easy. You can also make them to fit the full thickness of the doors to set in the rails and install rollers on the bottom to allow them to slide easily. Otherwise you could just buy the hardware systems and do it that way as well. The ones I built for a guy I put the rollers on the bottom and it worked good. I made the rails from Oak which worked well. Oh ya the rollers were only a couple of bucks a piece, so you get change back from that $20.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

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