i'm looking to make some panel doors for a cabinet that will contain stereo
equipment, as swmbo has requested non-glass doors. the shelves are going to
be rollouts, so i can't use regular flipper door slides. what i'd like to do
is attach the doors like single panel garage doors in some manner. would
flipper door slides work in a horizontal use, or are there other options for
Actually you can. You just need a second panel, inset from the outer panel.
The flipper doors mount to the outer panel, and the shelves mount to the
inner panel. Ideally the inner panel could be removed to access and work on
the flipper hardware. So, it is an option but might not be what you want.
I have yet to use flipper doors . I came up with a simple solution that can
be done in the shop years ago and have used it ever since .
I have done a crappy sketch and will post it on ABWP together with a shot of
a breakfront that used it extensively
It involves two small teflon pins attached to the the vertical ends of the
door, one at the top and the other close to the bottom. these teflon pins
available at the local hardware store generally have to be cut down to 3/8"
to 1/2" long. corresponding to the pins a vertical and top horizontal
channel is routed out the same diameter as the pins [this is the track]
.make it slightly less deep than the pins protrude from the sides of the
doors. Run the horizontal track all the way to the back of the cabinet ,to
allow the doors to be inserted . the horizontal track is alligned with the
top pin so as soon as you attempt to lift the door it starts running in the
lower side of the horizontal track while the lower pin is running up the
vertical track . Once the lower pin gets up to the horizontal track it will
start running back also .
When the door gets to the desired open position screw in a stop to prevent
the door going any further .
this method can also be used for normal opening doors .Again the pins are
guided buy the sides of the track ,so make sure the pins are not quite as
deep as the tracks . In addition in this configuration the weight of the
door is taken on the bottom edge so I line that edge in this configuration
with teflon tape.
Using this technique you can quite easily end up with essentially zero
clearance both open and closed. A much better solution in my
Charlie, I have this type of door on my cabinets and they have worked
out great. Everything is hidden when the doors are closed but do take
up 1&1/4 " at the top when open. You need the door height to be the
same as or smaller than the inside depth of the cabinet if it is to be
flush with the front when open. Also, there can be no door pulls so I
used a magnetic latch that opens when the door is pressed.
On Mon, 30 Aug 2004 14:05:15 -0700, "Charles Spitzer"
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