77 - Sliding Door Shop Cabinet, страница 10

77 - Sliding Door Shop Cabinet, страница 10

Sliding Doors

The sliding doors are what really make this cabinet special. Instead of simply sliding in a groove, these doors glide on roller mechanisms. Mounted into the bottom edge of each door are two sliding screen door rollers (see lower inset photo at right). These rollers work so smoothly that you can roll the doors along the track with one finger, even when they're loaded up with tools.

Each door is just a wood frame with a pegboard panel, as you can see in Figure 4. So I started by cutting the door rails and stiles to size.

The rollers fit into a deep groove that is cut in the bottom edge of the lower door rail before the door is assembled (Figure 4b). You'll also need to cut a shallow groove in the end of each door stile to allow the door to clear the aluminum track. Then you can glue up the doors and install the rollers.

Door Stops - Before you can install the doors in the case, there are a couple of details to take care of. To support the top of each door, I

A Washer. Loosely mounted fender washers serve as bearings at the top of the door.

added some door stops to the inside of the case (Figure 5). To make sure that the doors would have plenty of clearance, I positioned the stops 1" away from the face frame. This creates a channel to help guide the door.

Washers - To keep the doors from rattling inside the case, I attached a couple of l"-dia. fender washers to the top edge of each door, like you see in the top inset photo above. But I didn't tighten the screws all the way down. This allows the washers to spin freely, so they act as roller bearings inside the channel.

After adding a handle to each door, all you have to do is slip the doors into the channel and over the aluminum track, see photo above.

A Rollers. Screen door rollers allow the peg-board doors to glide effortlessly on the track.

i DOOR STILE

{ZVz" x 37")

®

DOOR PANEL

(10" x 32" -PEGBOARD)

DOOR L

10")

FIGURE

#0 x 1" Rh 1" WOODSCREW

FENDER WASHER

= «

'a"-wide x S^-PEEP centered 1

BOTTOM RAIL

4" DRAWER PULL w/SCREWS

NOTEt

HIDDEN ROLLER IS USED FOR EASE OF SLIDING DOORS (SEE INSET PHOTO ABOVE)

10 ShopNotes No. 77

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