Step 1: Door 1- Big Panel
Step 2: Starting Door Construction
Step 3: Adding Trim
Step 4: Hardware Installation
The pocket door set I used was the 111PD set from Johnson Hardware- http://www.johnsonhardware.com/111pd.htm. I bought two sets plus extra hangers and stoppers for $100 total, including shipping.
Step 5: Door Hanger Installation.
Step 6: End Cap
Step 7: Base Guides
I put another half of a guide on the other end of the door to keep it from banging into the corner trim when I close it.
Step 8: Finishing Door #1
Step 9: Door Set #2
I installed another piece of 1x4 at the top, cut down to 1-5/16 wide. I laid out the location of the glass and marked the door for cutting. I ended up cutting a 1/4 inch wider on the top and sides to fit the trim that holds the window in place. I cut 3/4 inch below the window for the little shelf trim.
Step 10: Window Installation
Step 11: Installing the Window
I spackled any imperfections and gave everything a coat of primer and two coats of paint (Behr brand, “Polar Bear”). On the second door I got smart and painted the trim *before* installing it next to the glass.
Step 12: Installing Dentil Moulding
Step 13: Track #2
I installed two rubber stoppers in the middle to keep the doors from going too far, and one on the outside edge. These can be removed with a screwdriver if the doors ever need to come out.
Step 14: Base of #2
Step 15: Finished Product
List of materials
For each set of doors:
1 piece of 1x4 trim, ripped to 1-5/16" ($5)
2 hollow-core 24" doors ($19 each)
1 sheet of 3/16 plywood ($13)
2 tubes of Liquid Nails ($4)
nail gun staples
Wood filler or spackle
Stain or Paint
For the trim and track:
1 piece of 1x6 x 8 feet ($6)
1 piece of 2x3 x 8 feet ($3)
2 pieces of 1x4 x 8' MDF trim ($6)
One Johnson Hardware pocket door set (link)- $50 each with shipping
3.5-inch wood screws
For the windows:
2- 18" x 24" Optix plastic ($9 each)
5/8" trim- ripped from a 1x4, but available for $3 each
1 x 4 trim for ledge ($4)
After this project was done, there was a story in the paper about how sliding doors are hot and trendy because they look good and save space. I've never been ahead of the style curve before!