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Sliding Cabinet Door

  • Created: Mar 02, 2010 by billr
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We had a corner kitchen cabinet with only one rather small access door. One side of the cabinet was under a bar height counter, so we added a door on that side in the wall under the bar. That gave us better access and an additional 8" of cabinet space since the cabinet did not extend all of the way to the wall.
I removed the side wall of the cabinet that was hidden under the counter. I used part of it for the additional shelf space. I also reinforced the cabinet structure and shelf supports
A conventional hinged cabinet door would be awkward since it opens in a dining area where there is usually a chair in the way. We decided on a sliding door. I found a great way to mount the door. I used TopSlide (R) over-travel drawer slides available at Rockler.com. The slides are 1/2" thick, and the sides can't fall apart . A release mechanism must be engaged to take them apart. The over-travel feature insures that the door can open fully.
I routed a 3/8" groove in the back of a cabinet door purchased at Home Depot, and mounted the frame side of the slides on the door. The drawer side is mounted on the cabinet frame, and the cabinet door is exactly 1/8" from the frame.

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  • Drawer slides are mounted on the back of the doorDrawer slides are mounted on the back of the door
  • The cabinet door fits nicely on the frame The cabinet door fits nicely on the frame
  • The door slides open easilyThe door slides open easily
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