Use sliding hollow-core doors to conceal a pantry with a barn-style look while providing easy access.
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Start with a pair of lightweight hollow-core doors that can be decorated with a variety of trim to create interesting panels. When selecting a hollow-core door, choose a width that combine to be slightly wider than the door opening.
Cut the stiles (B) and rails (C) to length (Project Diagram, Cutting List, and Cutting Diagram). The length of the parts may vary as you customize the door sizes to the opening. Sand the pieces with 150-grit sandpaper and smooth all the sharp edges.
Apply the stiles along each side of the door face using wood glue and 18-gauge by 1-inch wire brads (Project Diagram, Drawing 1). The trim should be even with the edge and the top and bottom of the door panel.
Glue and nail the rails along the top and bottom edges of the door between the stiles.
Place the braces (D) in position on the door (Project Diagram, Drawing 2) with the ends of the boards tight to each other near the middle of the door. Transfer the angle (approximately 20 degrees) from the top door rail onto the upper brace parts.
Jigsaw the angle cut on one of the braces and set the part back in position on the door face. Now mark the angle on the lower portion of the brace and cut to size with a jigsaw. Sand the cut edges of the angle braces and secure to the door with wood glue and 18 gauge by 1-inch wire brads.
Position the roller brackets on the doors (Project Diagram, Drawing 3). Using the holes in the hangers, mark the location of the mounting bolts and drill 1/4-inch holes for the hardware.
Cut a 1 x 6 board to length for the hanger rail (E) (Project Diagram, Drawing 4).
Sand any rough edges. Apply the paint of your choice (HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams, Pussywillow shown).
The hanger hardware can be left with the factory- finish or painted. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to apply an aerosol paint in the color you want before installing the hardware on the hanger rail or doors.
Using an electronic stud finder, mark the locations of wall studs above the door opening. Center the length of the hanger rail over the opening so the bottom of the rail is 82-inches above the finished floor (Project Diagram, Drawing 4). Fasten the rail by drilling countersunk pilot holes through the hanger rail at the wall stud locations, and drive 2-1/2-inch wood screws through the rail into the wall studs.
The mounting screws for the hanger rail can be exposed for a more industrial look, or countersunk, filled, and painted for a cleaner look.
The tracks come in stock lengths. You can leave the tracks full length or cut them to the desired length with a hacksaw.
Disassemble the double box-rail brackets and position the L-brackets on the hanger rail a few inches from each end with the bottom even with the lower edge of the hanger rail (Project Diagram, Drawing 4). Mark and drill 1/4-inch pilot holes and drive a lag screw through the lower half of the bracket into the hanger rail.
Re-assemble the rail brackets and drive the lag screws through the uppermost hole in the hanger rail (Project Diagram, Drawing 4).
Slip the brackets onto the track and attach the track brackets with the manufacturer’s hardware (Project Diagram, Drawing 4, and Drawing 5).