This isn't exactly what I'd call a woodworking question but it's close
enough probably not to offend. I have a reach-in closet with an 8 foot
opening that previously housed huge bypass doors. Three of them.... it was
a very odd and unfunctional arrangement.
What I am considering is adding a post in the center of the opening and
using two sets of double doors. I would lose a bit of closet space from the
post but I think it would look great from the room and I can deal with the
I suspect that you can't just toenail a couple 2x4's in the center to the
floor and header and work from there. Can anyone tell me the proper
installation of such a post? I'd rather have the openings free of any kind
of bracing blocks etc on the floor.
thanks very much
...Don't be too sure... :) Actually, it would be far more appropriate
in alt.home.repair or some such...
...snip description of 8' foot closet door....
Don't see why not although you'll probably need more like 6" or so to
make the trim out look "not too skinny" visually.
A little more work but more solid than the toenailing would be to make a
pocket for the support to sit in. To do both ends would require being
able to either cheat just a little on the header by adding a thin piece
on the surface on either side to create the pocket or boring clear on
through to be able to insert both ends or making a built-up piece in
place. You could also pocket the floor end and inset a couple angle
brackets at the top if you have no extra clearance or ...there are
almost an infinite number of variations on how to skin this particular
The load to be concerned about isn't vertical, it's the side load of
what could <possibly> be a fairly heavy door...
I should note that OP shouldn't cut through the whole bottom of the
header if he does decide on the inset pocket route...
ahh it becomes clear to me now. with 6" it's easy enough to just build a
tiny wall and nail the plates firmly to the floor and header. perhaps
overbuilt but it's cheap enough not to care. That will certainly support
the weight of the doors hung on jambs attached to the outer (in this case
only) studs of the "wall". A couple of firestop kinda pieces and it will be
solid as a rock.
thanks for the help!
Sketch it out the way you envision it to see how it looks before commit
to sawing...but, as you note, there's still another way for the cat...
Remember to double up the two outer jamb studs for sufficient stiffness
or block in between sufficiently so it won't bow over time....
If you'll be covering the post with sheetrock and/or wood trim, you could
probably use a couple of metal post brackets to strongly fasten each end of
the post. Check out the metal brackets at any home center where the joist
hangers are located. You'll surely find something you can use.
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