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Change the look of your garage by building floor-to-ceiling panels that slide to conceal or reveal storage spaces. They're easy to make and hang.
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The panels you build will likely vary in height from the 105-1/2-in-tall examples shown. To calculate panel heights for your garage, first install the box rails and mounting brackets on an exposed joist according to the hardware manufacturer’s instructions. Insert a roller assembly in the box rail and measure from the bottom plate on the roller to the floor in several locations. Then subtract 1-in to 2-in (for clearance, depending on the evenness of the floor) for the overall panel height. Use this to calculate the length of the stiles and map out the number and spacing of the slats.
The 48-in width of these panels lets you make slats simply by cutting 8-ft boards in half, but you can customize the width of the sliding panels by changing the horizontal board lengths. (For wider panels, purchase longer lumber that can be cut in half to minimize waste.) Be sure customized panels adhere to the weight limits of the mounting hardware.
Cut the four vertical stiles (A) to length (Sliding Garage Panels Project Diagram). Cut the wide (B) and narrow (C) slats and center slats (D) to equal lengths according to the Sliding Panel Project Diagram. Sand all parts with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper. Then cut the roller mounting board (E), top trim boards (F), and bottom trim boards (G) to length. Apply one coat of primer and two coats of paint to all parts. (We used Valspar exterior semigloss in Ivory Lace (#7003-6) for five of the wide slats and four of the narrow slats, and Lyndhurst Mushroom (#3007-9C) for the four vertical stiles, eight alternating center slats, roller mounting board, top trim boards, and bottom trim boards.)
You're cutting a lot of boards to the same length and any errors will leave gaps between panels. Save time and increase accuracy by clamping a stop block to your miter saw fence or table saw fence 48-in from the blade for consistent cuts.
From cardboard scraps, cut pairs of screw location templates. (Screws won't show from the front, but these will keep you from accidentally driving one screw on top of another.) Cut all pairs of templates 3-1/2-in wide to the following lengths: 3-1/2-in, 5-1/2-in, 7-1/4-in, and 9-1/4-in. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner across each template and measure along the line 1-1/2-in from both corners. Mark these as your screw locations by punching through the cardboard with a nail or scratch awl. Then, from 1-in x 4-in wood scraps, cut two spacers 5-in long.