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Forum topic by richgreer posted 04-17-2010 09:52 PM 1409 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2010 09:52 PM

My church (once again) has asked me to help them by doing another closet project. They want a closet with sliding doors that are suspended from a track mounted to the ceiling. They have suggested/requested that I make the doors 4’ wide and make them out of a sheets of oak plywood.

I am thinking I would probably use oak veneered MDF because I am much less likely to have a problem with warping. Of course, MDF is even heavier than plywood.

Here is my concern – - If I attach the wheel mechanism to the top of the plywood door with a couple of basic lag screws I don’t think the lag screws would hold.

Here is my suggested solution – - Secure a piece of solid oak trim (at least an inch wide) to the top of the plywood (or MDF). Secure this piece of trim with glue, lots of lag screws and maybe even a few dowels. Then secure the wheel mechanisms to this piece of solid oak.

Does anyone have experience with an issue like this? Does this sound like a good way to address this issue?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 04-17-2010 10:10 PM

If the screws go into the back side would rabbitt out about 1” x 1/2” deep across the top and glue the hardwood into the rabbitt. That’ll give you plenty of strength for the screws, and you won’t see it.

-- Gerry,

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#2 posted 04-18-2010 09:13 AM

Have you thought of mortising into the top of doors placing a piece of 1/4” flat steel into it and thru bolting to the flat steel and then attaching the guide wheels to the flat steel and using the thru-bolted steel as the actual hangar assembly?

-- Potential is limited only by imagination

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#3 posted 04-18-2010 02:30 PM

Thanks for the great advice. I was leery about hanging these doors when the church first asked me and I am still leery (but now I am a better informed leery person). I’m going to investigate putting a track on the floor and some small wheels on the bottom of the doors. That is not what the church asked for but they may go along with it if I recommend it as a better approach.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 04-18-2010 07:33 PM

Assuming the doors are 3/4” thick, they won’t weigh more than 100 lbs. The 1/2” x 1” strip I recommended would probably need to see 10 times that to break the 4ft long glue joint. We reinforce particle board doors for hardware all the time at work, and have never had a failure. Even with much heavier hanging doors.

-- Gerry,

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#5 posted 04-18-2010 10:00 PM

This sounds like a normal by-pass door situation. If hollow cores are out of the question, I’d still use top of the line “Cox” hardware and track. have had the most luck with them, and by-passes are notorious for call backs from people manhandling them.

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#6 posted 04-18-2010 10:46 PM

im with ger21 on this i usually wrap 1” hardwood round mdf also makes a very clean finish look to the doors

hope this helps Rich

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#7 posted 04-19-2010 04:03 AM

Could you incorperate som sort of supportive track on the bottom? A aluminum track with some rollers on the bottom to help support the door.

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#8 posted 02-27-2012 03:33 AM

Ideas would work if this will be applied. just like broom closet did . have it your way.

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