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Old 05-09-2020, 01:52 PM   #1
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The wife's decided she wants to swap our bedroom door for a sliding one. Naturally I came up with using unistrut as I do on so many projects. She was expecting the older hooped sheave and rail design. I explained why I wanted it my way and that I had the stuff to do it while the other style would be more costly and difficult. And, for the first time in as long as any man can remember a wife saw the logic in her husband's choices.


I happened to have some 8mm stainless rod from an older freezer rack and 4 speed demon skateboard bearings which have an 8mm bore. I drilled out some joni bolt nuts for spacers and put a 3/16"-24 eye hook in the center. The bearings were a nice press fit on the rod. I drilled some holes in a piece of flat stock from an old chainlink fence and threaded the center hole for the eye hooks.


Not sure yet if I will make a bottom track, add some pegs in the floor, or just rely on the top track. Probably going to use some lags as pegs.



I am going to make the door from some 3/8" ply I already have. It will get some rough cut pallet wood on one side to resemble the trim and diagonal cross piece of a barn door.






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I really like the look with the brass nuts. Are they acorn nuts? -They almost look like flare nuts; if they are, that's even better.

I am also glad to know that someone else thinks about making things out of Unistrut.
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im gonna be brutally honest. i hate those doors. no privacy, no locks. i wish pinterest didnt exist.
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im gonna be brutally honest. i hate those doors. no privacy, no locks. i wish pinterest didnt exist.



In our case it's because of space constraints. I am making the over lap quite large and it will lock.








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I really like the look with the brass nuts. Are they acorn nuts? -They almost look like flare nuts; if they are, that's even better.

I am also glad to know that someone else thinks about making things out of Unistrut.



They are joni bolt nuts. The nuts from the bolts that hold toilets to the floor. They are used just as spacers, I drilled the centers out. I have so many of them. I save them and the washers if they are good.




I use unistrut a lot. I rebuilt my trailer with it. The frame goes up and down so I used a mix of deep and shallow strut for the side to side and then did all shallow front to back between the boards. Now the trailer is super strong and I have all the attachment points I could dream of.








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I am also glad to know that someone else thinks about making things out of Unistrut.



Uni strut is some handy stuff. I can use the rectangular nuts to mount eye bolts or whatever pretty much anywhere in the bed.



I bolted some shallow pieces onto the back doors of my camo van with other pieces inside the doors to spread the load. Now I can mount stuff left to right as I please. The jerry cans sit on a piece of u channel that catches their bottom lip and they have a j-hook up top catching the handles, very secure and mitigates tail gating They can only be unbolted from inside the van. I have to make a locking bracket for the jack.







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The rod free-float ?
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What rod?




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I like the ingenuity but don’t you have 10 kids? There won’t be any privacy if you want to make number 11 with a sliding door instead of a regular door.
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