How to Build Cabinet Sliding Doors from Finish-Grade Plywood
Cabinet sliding doors offer the advantage of keeping everything inside free from dust. They are easy to open and do not do break loose from the cabinet like hinged doors. To build cabinet sliding doors you have to consider the tracks or sliding mechanism that they will use. They normally have extra depth that allows them to keep items like toys and sporting gear. Cabinets with sliding doors are expensive, but you can easily fabricate and install your plywood sliding doors on a cabinet at a very low cost.
Step 1: Measuring the Doors Sizes
Take the measurements of the door to be built. The door should be made from finish grade plywood. The door will move with a sliding mechanism. It will have two parts that overlap each other about 1-1/2 inch to 2 inches. The size should be measured to ensure the overlap. It should be taken accurately so that door moves smoothly and covers the opening.
Step 2: Cutting out Doors
Mark the sizes measured on the plywood sheet and make the lines with a straight edge. Cut the door pieces on a table saw, leaving the lines marked.
Step 3: Sanding
Sand the plywood door pieces using a sander with 80 grit sandpaper. Sand the entire door, keeping the edges straight. In case you cut short of the line, use the sander to finish the size. Sand again using 160-grit paper and make the door surface smooth for a fine finish.
Step 4: Painting the Door
Coat the door with primer using the brush. Let the primer dry. Paint the door with the color of your choice. You can match the finish with the finish in the room. It is also possible to stain the door in place of painting. Apply two or three coats to get a uniform finish.
Step 5: Installing the Sliding Mechanism
Align the sliding mechanism of the door pieces to be set and secure the edge mechanism with screws. Ensure that the slide is level. The slide should be fixed at about 1/2-inch from the front edge of the top of the door over the entire length. Fix the mating part of mechanism on the door panels.
Step 6: Installing the Door
Install the door into the corresponding slide part on the cabinet. The front door panel will overlap the other panel at the center. The door panels can simply slide in. Fix the channels firmly after putting in the doors. Open the doors several times to ensure that they move smoothly without getting stuck. If required, you can make necessary adjustments. Attach the knobs or handles at the proper positions.