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Sliding Door Bookcase Ankeny IA

Glass doors make a bookcase, but doors that swing on hinges are a pain to install. Ditto for doors that lift open and slide back—on a Barrister’s bookcase, for example. Regular sliding doors are much easier to install. In addition, they’re ideal for a bookcase designed to fit in a space where swinging doors might get in the way.

The Home Depot
(515)963-1890
2335 SE Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(515)221-2233
3700 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Fastenal- Ankeny
515-964-9413
201 SE Shurfine Suite 5 Ankeny, IA, 50021
Ankeny, IA
 
Park Fair Ace Hardware
(515) 243-6000
100 E Euclid Ste 11, Park Fair Mall
Des Moines, IA
 
Fastenal- Des Moines
515-263-0053
3120 Delaware Ave Des Moines, IA, 50313
Des Moines, IA
 
The Home Depot
(515)251-5819
10850 Plum Drive
Urbandale, IA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(515)287-7269
4900 SE 14th St
Des Moines, IA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Johnston Ace Hardware
(515) 276-2854
5800 Merle Hay Rd, HyVee & Greenbriar Restaurant
Johnston, IA
 
BRADLEY TOOLS & FASTENERS, INC.
(515) 331-0878
6250 NW Beaver Dr Ste A-4 Johnston, IA, 50131
Johnston, IA
 
O'Donnell Ace Hardware
(515) 255-2240
5715 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA
 

Sliding Door Bookcase

Sliding Door Bookcase

Dust-Free Display and No Hinges to Mount!

By Seth Keller

Glass doors make a bookcase, but doors that swing on hinges are a pain to install. Ditto for doors that lift open and slide back—on a Barrister’s bookcase, for example. Regular sliding doors are much easier to install. In addition, they’re ideal for a bookcase designed to fit in a space where swinging doors might get in the way. 

This bookcase features super-smooth sliding door hardware that installs in minutes (see “Euro-Style Sliding Door Hardware”). The shelves are generously deep and widely spaced. Following the lead of Arts and Crafts era builders, my design incorporates elements inspired by traditional Asian furniture.

Building this project requires two sheets of walnut plywood (one 3/4-in. thick and one 1/4-in. thick) and about 40 bd. ft. of 5/4 walnut. The total cost, including glass and hardware (see Sources) is about $600. 

Build the Cabinet

1. Start by cutting the plywood panels and shelves to final size (Fig. A, A1-A4 and Cutting List).  

2. Cut grooves for the sliding door tracks in the top and middle panels (Photo 1 and Fig. G,  Cut the first groove in each panel, then reposition the fence and cut the second grooves).

3. Instead of cutting both cabinet sides (A5) to final size, cut one blank twice as wide as the sides, plus 1/8-in. Rip this blank in half after you’ve routed the dadoes, to create the sides (Photo 2). This method saves time and assures perfectly aligned dadoes. Plywood thickness is often undersize, so you may need a special bit to rout the dadoes (Fig. C and Sources). 

4. Rout dadoes for the drawer dividers (A6) in the middle and bottom panels (Fig. B). 

5. Rabbet the cabinet sides and the top and bottom panels for the 1/4-in. plywood back.

6. Glue the cabinet sides and panels together (Photo 3). The top and bottom panels run the full depth of the cabinet. The middle panel aligns with the rabbet at the back. Use cauls to evenly distribute the clamping pressure.  

7. Glue in the shelves. They slide in from the back. Make sure their back edges are flush with the rabbets for the cabinet’s back. 

8. Glue on the shelf edging (A7). The edging hides the  stopped dadoes in the cabinet’s sides.

9. Glue in the drawer dividers. 

10. Fit and install the sliding door track.

11. Cut and fit the plywood back (A8), but don’t install it.

12. Glue spacers (A9) on the top panel. They allow fastening the top.

13. Glue up the top (A10) and cut it to final length and width. Then rout a 45-degree bevel around the front and sides. 

Photo 1: Saw grooves for the sliding door tracks in the top 

and middle cabinet panels. Caution: The blade guard must be removed for this operation. 

Photo 2: Rip both cabinet sides from a single wide panel in which all the dadoes have already been routed. This method guarante...

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