I'm helping someone refurbish sliding closet doors. The doors
themselves have a simple groove routed top and bottom to
accomodate the guide strips which are nailed into recesses in
the closet frame.
1. Would it be best to fabricate the new guide strips of
a hardwood like red oak or is a softer wood the better
Note: the doors themselves are faced with ply. I have
not determined what wood composes the gooved
portion of the doors. If that determination is necessary,
please let me know. If it comes to speciating the slotted
wood in the doors, more guidance may be needed.
2. As I'll be making new ones, are there any suggested
fractional clearance intervals between sides and top
of the guide strips and the door slots?
3. Should the strips or slots be left denuded of paint?
If paint is wise, a list of kinds and names would be
welcome. What can be had here under air-quality
regulations is another thing.
Would another coating or impregnation of the strips
or slots be advisable?
4. Along its inmost contact surface with the slots, the old
molding has a low, roughly convex profile. How much of that
owes to wear, only 70 years could say. To be honest, my
hasty look at the doors didn't leave me with a memory of the
slot profile, although presumption would think it rectilinear.
If there is a default profile for the inmost surface on the
new molding--or there are outstanding questions for me
to resolve--I'd appreciate direction.
Lastly, I'm happy to chase down the answer on the net--
and will. However, if someone has actual knowledge ready to
leap from their brains to the keyboard, I'm all ears in the lotus