A Sliding Door #7: Finish and Install

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Blog entry by Mark Kornell posted 11-29-2014 02:38 AM 1734 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I seem to have lost some pictures of the stage before finishing. Nothing too complex, though. After the door was glued up, I had to:
- Cut the door to size.
- Route a groove on the bottom of the door for the guide
- Drill pilot holes for the top hangers
- Sand, sand, sand.

Finally got it into the finishing room. The door was too tall to stand up – not to mention a bit unweildy – so I built a mobile cradle to hold it horizontally at a comfortable height. You can see that in this pic:

It tilts the door back at around 5° and was pretty stable. The door was heavy enough that I needed help to flip it over. I padded the places where the cradle touches the door with sill gasket.

I used Valspar Presidium primer and conversion varnish to spray it. The primer is awesome – high solid build and sands easily. The CV was pretty easy to spray, but I found I had to reduce it a lot less than the sheet specified or I got runs. Easy fix…

I built a simple jig to route the mortises for the door pulls:

I built the jig before I had the pulls in hand. The spec sheet said a 70mm x 70mm hole so I built the jig to the spec. When I got the pulls, they measured about 70.5mm square. Rather than force it, I used a chisel to enlarge the mortise by 1mm.

The pull installed on the existing under-stair door:

Simple install, a bit of silicone and clamped in place until it set.

Track installed easily, fortunately the joists are running perpendicular to the wall.

And the door, hung:

It dwarfs the two doors beside it:

Only thing left to do is install the floor guide. Mañana.

I’m calling it done!

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#1 posted 11-29-2014 02:41 AM

Nice door Mark! The door on the left, is that just storage? Almost looks like a trapping hazard if the track door is left open.

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#2 posted 11-29-2014 03:42 PM


The the left is the area under the stairs. If Harry Potter comes for a visit, we’ll put him there. Otherwise, just storage.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#3 posted 11-29-2014 04:17 PM

Looks great! Nice job.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 03:06 AM

Lol….Harry Potter.

Nice work man. Appreciate you blogging this.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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