We decided that we needed a dust-free room in our shop so that my partner Tina could make the weird little robots and monsters and stuff she does without sawdust all over them. I am in the process of setting up a space for her now (it's still crammed full of boxes but I'm getting there) and I had a bunch of old metal fire doors so I figured I'd try to make a sliding door, something that only a mad scientist would want for their lab. These metal doors are great - I've got about a dozen of them stacked in a corner - I use them for shelving and workshop tables and all sorts of stuff!
Here is a list of the tools I remember using for this project:
1/2" Self-tapping screws
Small fixed castors
Nuts n bolts for the castors
Angle grinder with zip discs
Metal chop saw
2x metal fire doors
3/4" black pipe (for the handle)
Step 1: Add Castors to the Base
Step 2: There Can Be Only One! (Weld the Two Doors Into One Door)
To make the channel along the ceiling I screwed to pieces of old angle iron into a 2x4 and mounted the whole thing to an overhead I-beam. I think I had about 3/16" clearance from the top of the door!
Step 3: Add the Door Handle
Hope you like,