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CoconutPete 11-27-2012 11:27 AM

Adding sliding glass doors to built-in shelves?
Is this a project I want to steer clear of?

My daughter is starting to crawl and I'd like to put the cable box, receiver etc. on the built-ins and put some doors on there to keep her from "helping herself" if you know what I mean.

Blondesense 11-27-2012 12:07 PM

Do you have a pic of what you're starting with?

CoconutPete 11-27-2012 12:19 PM

I'll grab one at home later. Think very plain though - basically a perfect square w/ movable shelves.

memarybe 11-27-2012 12:34 PM

Having raised seven children the youngest now 12, I will offer up a few words of wisdom on this subject.
Children and any type of glass do not go well together.....ever......period.
Use wood for the doors.
But eventually they learn how to open those too!
Best bet is too just raise the items up about 7ft. from the floor. Good luck!! And welcome to parenthood !!!

user1007 11-27-2012 07:13 PM

You will probably have to take the units apart to cut the dado grooves for the doors to slide in.

Nice hinged cabinet doors would be a better option.

beenthere 11-27-2012 08:14 PM

Moved to Carpentry.

redman88 11-27-2012 08:40 PM

frame out a door like you would frame out a picture frame and use acrylic instead of glass, then you just have to use a few hinges.

add some trim to the rest of the piece to tie in the new doors

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