Proper finishing and good quality material guarantee that the sliding doors will not act up. If you want the movement of your sliding doors to be smooth, insure your tracks are linear and carefully fixed. Ready-made tracks of plastic, aluminum and wood are available.
Fastening of the tracks needs the usage of aluminum screws on aluminum tracks while just nails will do on plastic and wooden panels though wooden panels also need glue. If you are using wooden or plastic tracks you will have to be careful and drill the holes for the nails shorter than the length of a nail or else the track will split into two parts. More often than not, there is a shallow groove and a deep groove in a set of tracks. It should be kept in mind that the deep grooved track is to be fixed in the upper position.
The length of the opening divided by two and an extra inch will yield the thickness of the sliding door. To access the cabinet space, push the panel outwards if it coincides with the sliding door in the centre.
While fixing a sliding door determining the thickness of the material that is to be used is an important decision. A 1/8 inch material will be perfect for a small 24 inch cabinet opening and there are many such boards available in various home centers. These include filigree hardboard and colored plastic sheets with patterns embossed on the surface. Most people understand that the required thickness of such a small door is not more than half an inch even though there are certain exceptions.
Partial panels are either sold or cut out for special orders because the standard size is actually 4 by 8 feet. The long list of materials gets cut short once the required thickness has been determined. A plain or perforated pegboard patterned, inch alternative is available to the more commonly available patterned or plain filigree hardboard.
The type of paneling that is usually used on walls makes for an excellent material to make doors that can slide and this paneling is available in a large variety of finishes and patterns. Scraps of paneling, left over from wall projects, often can be put to good use in making doors.
Plastic which is rigid can also be used; it fits very nicely into tracks of a 1/8 inch width and is found generally in a panel sized 2 by 4 feet. Unlike wooden doors, plastic doors do not need to be made moisture resilient as they already are but they may crack. After you have taken the dimensions of the opening, you can use a rough, toothed blade in a saber saw to cut out the plastic into the specified size. The most commonly used door material is relatively cheap plywood but the most exquisite looking doors all are made of hardwood plywood which are faced with any expensive wood.
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