I recently posted here asking for advice on modifying some bench plans I
found on the web: http://tinyurl.com/sg0q . I'd like to ask for some more
advice. I've decided to go with sliding doors instead of the swing out
doors included in the plans. The problem is that I've already assembled the
chest carcass (I'm on step 9), so I can no longer cut a groove to support
the sliding door concept. Does anyone see a problem with me cutting a
channel into a piece of stock (same length as the chest, 48") and then
gluing one into place on the both the top and the bottom of the bench? I
would use these nifty things I found at Lee Valley http://tinyurl.com/sg0l
for the hardware. One problem I can see would be aligning the top and
bottom channels so that they are on the same plane...any tips would be
Thanks for listening to this newbie ramble!
Stand cabinet on level surface, use plumb bob to align, mark length on
string for parallel. The simpler the better. I used this method in
larger scale for sliding doors on a built in wardrobe. They run very
If you want free running with little maintenance then yes. The set you
referenced looked very good, both in its ease of inserting the door and
that there was adjustment on the bottom runners. Using it will also make
it easier to remove the doors for maintenance without disassembling the
carcase, some thing to bear in mind.
One thing to think about though is that you should wait to get the
hardware before committing yourself as to design since you many need a
rebate or facing strip to hide the hardware.
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