It’s been a trying few weeks. All our clothes and shoes have been scattered to the four corners of the house while I’ve been working on the closet. Our hanging clothes hung from one of the beams in the living room, blocking the television from my favorite chair. Shoes and boots have been on a towel next to the tv. Other shoes and boots are in a box out in the garage. Sweats and sweaters are on a high shelf in the laundry room. My jeans are on the bookshelf behind me.
It’s the War Zone. We’re used to it by now, and we know the drill. It doesn’t last forever, and when things go back where they belong, it’s refreshing to see the house all nice and clean. It’s like the day you put all the christmas decorations away. They’re nice to have out for a while, but eventually, you want your house back.
The drawer fronts came out great. Cannot complain. I just did simple tongue and groove with panels, which got glued and screwed to the drawer box. They should last the life of the house, or longer.
It’s really nice to be working with oak again. Hardwoods are hard to come by out here, and expensive. These are the frames that go on the built in boxes already in the closet.
I rarely do mitered joints (because I’m not very good at them) but the corners on this one came out pretty good. I cheated. Before I cut the strips, I cut one end of the board to 45 degrees, so that I had at least one perfectly clean miter without any tear-out or burn marks.
Everything installed pretty smoothly. A lot of math went into all that, and I guess I did it right this time because I didn’t have a whole lot of problems.
For closet doors, we got these hugely big rails for barn doors. This thing is very heavy and I had to put in a new header to support it. The header is bolted in place with these gigantic lag bolts and then reinforced with some additional framing. I think these are going to be the strongest doors in the house.
The hardware instructions were ridiculous enough, but I ended up modifying the install anyway so they were completely worthless to me. I ended up drilling holes in the brackets to accommodate another lag bolt to make sure it was secure enough. This steel was tougher than the cheap packaging would have you think it is. A hint: when drilling through thick metal use a little machine oil on your drill bit. It makes a big difference.
Nice! I don’t even need doors, I’ll be happy just looking at my open closet.
The drawers work great, very smooth operation.
Using a polished copper hanging rod really helps the clothes slide a little bit. The old rod was badly worn. Kind of looked like driftwood found on the beach.
Here’s the rails for the bypass barn doors. The house isn’t level but these needed to be, so they do look a little crooked if you stare at them long enough. But the last thing I needed were sliding closet doors that rolled out of place when you weren’t looking.
I do love the built-in drawers. Such a huge difference over the last ones.
Next up, I’ll make the Bam Doors … er, the Barn Doors for the closet.