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08-01-2013 05:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet sliding doors

Hi, all -

I’m planning to build a cabinet for garage storage. It will be 6’ tall x 4’ wide x 14-16” deep, and have maybe four shelves. Intended material is 3/4” plywood.

I’d like to put some doors on at least part of the cabinet. (I’m thinking about leaving the bottom shelf open, for oversized stuff.) My preference would be to have sliding doors, for the following reasons:

1. easier to open in tight spaces
2. I haven’t done any of these yet
3. I’m sick of fooling with hinges

So, here’s the issue: if I make the doors out of 3/4” wood (with a 1/4” center panel), I’m not sure that I can make them removable (which I’d like to do). I know that if the doors were only 1/4” thick, I could do with with grooves in the top and bottom of the shelves, but I don’t think the geometry works out with a 3/4” thick door, especially for the rear door whose track would be a good 1 1/4” from the front of the cabinet.

I hope I explained this somewhat clearly. Mostly I’m looking for ideas here on how this might be done. Thanks!


-- M. Zimmers

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 06:30 PM

You may want to try the technique used from a Woodsmith plan:
Sliding Door Shop Cabinet
I tried it and it works very well. Hope this helps!

-- Paul, Central Illinois

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 07:21 PM

Uncle NORM ABRAM has shown this type of design over and over again if you can get access to hios many vieo files then there is all within you need to know otherwise a good book would suffice. God Bless Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 08:26 PM

Hey, Paul -

Thanks for the reference. I’m actually familiar with that design, and plan to use it elsewhere. What I need now, though, is the ability to put doors one behind the other. You can’t fit a 3/4” thick door that far back into a traditional channel (I tried with a mock-up).

Maybe I should look into a removable side piece so I can slide the rear door in and out as desired. Just thinking out loud…

-- M. Zimmers

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#4 posted 08-02-2013 08:24 PM

IKEA makes some nice by-pass sliding door tracks/hardware which is part of their PAX system. I believe their basic slab doors are 7/8” thick, which is close to your 3/4”. You can buy the tracks/hardware separately. Check out the store displays, if you have an IKEA nearby.

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 03:56 PM

Thanks, Lynden. I think I’m going to try another crack at the approach that Paul suggested above. I believe that I may have messed it up the first time. That Ikea stuff is intriguing, and I’ll keep it in mind for other projects.

-- M. Zimmers

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