# Struggling with math and mechanics of sliding doors

 Forum topic by Scott posted 04-10-2017 09:26 PM 1019 views 0 times favorited 7 replies
 Scott153 posts in 3117 days 04-10-2017 09:26 PM Like the title says, I’m struggling with the math and mechanics of removable sliding wooden doors on wooden tracks. I’m trying to do a tongue and groove system where I add in strips at the top and bottom of an existing cabinet to use as the guides for doors. Doors would have the grooves and the tracks would have the corresponding tongues. All 3 doors need to be removable, so the door would have to raise up and then tilt out for removal. Should the door get the groove, or should the track? Does it really matter? What I’m also struggling with is the math and mechanics. If there is a quarter inch t/g at the bottom, I would need a corresponding quarter inch at the top, plus room to lift the door up so that the bottom can tilt front and then have clearance for removal. So I was thinking 5/8” at the top. Will this work? Does it sound correct? If anyone has any tips, pictures, drawings, advice, etc, I sure would appreciate it. So far, I’ve made some templates with graph paper and it seems okay, but I think I’m going to definitely make some mock-ups out of scraps before I go much further. Thanks!