With the lower cabinet front done in a classic shaker style, I wanted something very different for the uppers. Last year I set out to make cane cabinet doors from scratch and now I planned on building sliding doors, using the existing upper cabinets as bases.
Sliding doors as such aren’t exactly available at Ikea or other ready-to-buy places so it was most definitely Do It Yourself.
Throughout the process I was playing with different ideas, on what material I should be using for the doors. At the end I settled for a clear profiled plastic and plywood.
Step #1 – The Tracks
To make sliding doors, regardless of the material, you need tracks. So this was my very first problem to solve. Since the cabinets I have are mounted, and not possible to take down (without breaking them or the wall for that matter), I had to improvise.
My plan was to insert ta bottom and top track – add on’s to the cabinet frame. Thanks to my router it was a lot easier than anticipated, and I started practicing.
After figuring our the right depth and bit size, I went on to make the tracks on my cut to measure wood pieces.
Pretty smart isn’t it?
Step #2 – Paint before installment
So now I had my 6 pre-fabricated tracks, and had to paint them before installing – really just to make it easier for later.
But first, make sure they do fit the cabinets.
Step #3 – The doors
After I settled on clear plastic and normal plywood sliding doors, all I had to do was cut them to measure. The plastic was a tad more difficult, but with a relatively small saw blade it worked out just fine.
The more difficult part came, I when I used my Fostner drill bit to make ‘door-hole-handles’, the wood ones are perfect, whereas the plastic ones could be a bit better. But hey, that is DIY for you.
And then of course, as always, paint before installing the doors.
Step #4 – Installment
A fairly straight forward process – wood glue and some clamps, and the tracks are installed. Great right?
Step #5 – Add the doors & fine work
To make sure the doors fitting snugly, I added the upper tracks and doors at the same time. Since there was some glue leaking from the installment, I took my sander to it, before repainting.
And that was really it! My uppers were done.
And if you haven’t already, make also sure to check out my first two post’s about the Kitchen 3.0