I'm working on putting sliding doors on a work bench. I'll probably use
masonite (hardboard) for the doors, and just make a couple grooves in a top
and bottom rail for the doors to slide in. The doors will be a relatively
good size, 40" tall by about 48" wide.
It looks like it's just a matter of cutting grooves, cutting the masonite
to size, and drilling a few finger holes, right? Is there anything special
I should do?
Are the panels going to be too heavy to just let them slide?
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Wax is great, except that it attracts and holds saw dust, which keeps
you from being able to blow-out the dust with an air nozzle.
I've found that a finely sanded/smooth surface is all you need to get
Masonite sliding against wood. If the Masonite isn't "fuzzy" on the
edges, and the grooves are sanded very smooth, it's like running in
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
...somebody already mentioned to check glass hardware, I've done a few
glass door cabs and found a rail/wheel system that runs on tracks that
is the bomb and would work with 1/4 hardboard. Kind've pricey, but
trick. This is the outfit I deal with:
(find sliding door hardware and go to aluminum track assembly). I
dunno, though...you'd have to keep the tracks clean. Considering the
size of the doors I see some binding if they bear completely on the
sliding surface, if not right away down the road as things gum-up.
Hey, you can always try the wax and then go to the tracks...I did some
cabs for a hotel out here and used the Fibre Track, I believe you need
1/2" or bigger doors for that, though, but it was sweet...
"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in message
You can do that. Maybe put grooves into something harder than plywood.
Or just buy some kind of track for it to run in. I know that it is quite
common for glass. Glass companies probably have this in stock. Or see what
is at a wood workers store.
Are you saying that *each* door is to be 40" x 48"? In that case, yes, I
think they would be too heavy to slide without MUCH effort. Even in a
plastic track. Too flimsy too.
OTOH, if the 40x48 represents two doors, you might get away with it if you
wax the door edges and grooves/track. Put the finger holes or pulls low so
that you get "push" rather than "tip". If necessary, you could reduce
friction by slightly beveling the leading 1/3 of the bottom edge so it
doesn't contact the groove.
Sorry, I don't agree. I've used it frequently in the past in a plastic
track. It's hardboard, usually in various thicknesses from 1/8" to 1/4".
With the sizes he wants to use the weight is mostly negligible even in a
plastic sliding track. Nevertheless, there's metal track out there that also
The only problem I can see he might encounter is it bending or flexing due
to sheer height and *that* may cause problems in any kind of track.
If need be, I could drop the height down to ~20" or so, and make two sets
of panels where there would only be one. 40" in height could be a bit
much considering the flexibility of the hardboard.
I'm not committed to the materials, other than wanting something fairly
smooth and paintable.
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I have 36x40 inch doors on a cabinet in my shop and used roller skate
ball bearings in the track of aluminum I bought at the borg.
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