My shop is divided into two rooms connected by a 4'x7' doorway. I would
like to hang a sliding door so I dont have to heat both sides. I plan to
use 1/2" thick plywood for the door. Can anyone tell me where I can find
the right hardware for this job? It doesnt have to be pretty, just
I just finished building my track door and installed it using the hardware
and track from National.
The hardware was carried here locally by a hardware store that has been in
business for years.
Stanley Hardware also has the hardware for these type doors. They usually
advertise from two weights limits on doors, around 200 lbs to 450 lbs
I used the hardware for a 450 lb door, with a 12 foot track. Cost a little
over $75 for what I needed for my outside door. The hardware for a 250 lb
door is less.
I built my door using 5/4 X 6" deck boards and T1-11 siding screwed to the
5/4 with deck screws. Backed with 5/8 plywood on the other side, also
attached with deck screws about every 6" apart. Two pieces of 5/4 down each
1/3 of the width as nailers between the joints. Door size was 6' wide X 7'
tall. Trimmed the ply with flush trim bit, one side with a top bearing bit
and the other with a bottom bearing bit. Also trimmed the hole in wall with
a bottom bearing flush trim bit. Made a lot better job than just cutting out
with a saw
the borg, at least in our area, carry sliding door hardware similar to
"Norms" door. I have one between my shop and the garage. i used 2x
for a frame with 3/8" ply on both sides and rigid foam board for insulation.
1/2" ply is a pretty flimsy door, won't keep the cold out and subject
to warp. I recommend sandwiching 1" ridgid foam between two pieces of
1/4" ply. Rip some strips slightly over 1" to run around the edges and
down through the middle. Be sure to build the door on an absolutly
flat surface so you don't build a warp into the door.
Pocket or sliding door hardware is widely available from companies
like Hettich or Hafele. Get the kind with double rollers on an I beam
shaped track rated for 175 to 200 lbs.
I have the same set up, for the same reason...as mentioned, you're
looking for sliding barn door hardware plus a suitable length of
matching trolley rail and enough brackets to hang it. (much sturdier
than closet door hardware, BTW, and won't come off the track.)...Found
at the local lumberyard; as i recall, mine's made by National and cost
something under $50 total...Have found that 3/4 inch MDO makes a nice
door, but 1/2 plywood should work okay too, though the hardware
assumes something thicker.
Home depot sells sliding door hardware. Costs about $15.00 for a 60"
long set. Consists of one top track , four rollers, bottom plastic
divider and flush pulls.They're made for 1/38" doors, but you could
use them with 1/2" plywood. The divider at the bottom would be a
sloppy fit however. I would buy a couple of flush doors instead of
using plywood. They are inexspensive, probably less than plywood.
They distribute here through Pemko...it is the good stuff.
Lawrence Brothers had good stuff too but is now sold and named Lawrence
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