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Forum topic by mtappe posted 05-08-2013 06:18 PM 1050 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2013 06:18 PM

Im wanting to build my own 36” x 96” interior pocket door for my soon to be bedroom and wanting to know the best and least expensive way to do so. Im thinking of 3/4” thick by 5 1/2 ” x 96” face frames with a rabbitt on inside edges and glue two of them together to get my outer stiles with maybe tounge and grove car siding on horz. for my inter door? any suggestions?????

Thanks
Marty


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#1 posted 05-08-2013 06:32 PM

I’m not sure what you are describing in your question, but I’ll try to provide some assistance.
I made a bathroom entry pocket door years ago, using 3/4” pine from the big box store. It’s a frame and raised panel door, hangs on an overhead track, and slides into a 2 X 4 wall.
I found that the commercially available hardware for this build could not work with any thinner door material. I split the 2 X 4s for the hollow wall and routed a slot for the bottom of the door to slide in what retracted.

Don’t know if this helps, but I’ll also send you a couple of pictures after I go and take them. Any questions, let me know.
Oldtool

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#2 posted 05-08-2013 06:46 PM

Im going to use pocket door hardware from Johnson Hardware and the door itself i want to be 36” Wide x 96” tall and the thickness can be 1 1/2” thru 1 3/4” thick. so 2 face frames 3/4 ” thick each with rabbit cut on each face frame and when glued together will make a 3/4” dado for pine car sidind to be put horizontal in the dados before glueing the whole thing together. to make a 1.5” thick door. my rabbits will be EACH 3/8” a total of 3/4” when glued together. Does that make any since ???? not sure how else to describe what ive dreamed up so bear with me please.
Marty

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 07:20 PM

Marty,

I now understand better what you are going to do, which is laminate two frames together to get an inch & a half thick door.

Is there any reason you don’t start with thicker material? this is just a curiosity question, doesn’t really affect the outcome.

I would now say that what you plan to do is fine, you’ll get the necessary rabbit in the middle for the panels, and the frame should be sufficiently strong enough to support all.

Do you want any pictures of my setup? Do you have any additional questions? I’m currently charging the camera batteries, can send photo later.

Also, in checking into my prior door making, I find that I also used Johnson Hardware pocket door materials. I just bought the hardware, not the entire frame.

Let me know if I can be of more assistance.

Thanks,

Tom Baker

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#4 posted 05-08-2013 07:31 PM

Hi tom yes please send pics of your set up please. the only reason for useing 3/4 inch stock and laminate it together
is that would be easy to find in whatever type of wood i decide to use…. pine, poplar,birch ?? any suggestions on type of wood that will stay stable and not twist would be great also. also what moister level do i need to go for or is that not something to be worried about. also plan on using pocket screws to join face frames together and then laminate to get my thickness. sound good?

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