I Built an Entry Closet with Sliding Mirror Doors // Tiny Apartment Build Ep.9

Today we’re making a built-in entry closet
with sliding mirror doors for the Tiny Apartment. BUM Now that I’ve built the kitchen, the murphy
bed and sofa system, it’s time for another big piece of furniture. This entry closet is very necessary for a
small apartment like this, which is 31 square meters. So, a place to put some house cleaning stuff,
coats, sneakers, backpacks and cases couldn’t really find a way anywhere else besides here. The entire project is built with Laminar Eucalyptus
plywood as it is quite hard and resistant. I will be making sliding doors on the cheap
so I simply cut two grooves on the bottom face for the rollers to slide on. I quickly realised that I would need to get
rid of part of the baseboard and I got into cutting it but eventually the entire piece
came off. It’s ok, I will fix that in the end. As you can see I placed masking tape on the
floor just to mark the area that the closet will take and I can now remove it and start
the assembly. This is the same wall as where the wall bed
and sofa are lean against so yep, another trapezoidal shaped piece of furniture. Anyway, after cutting the pieces to size,
I drilled some holes for the screws and attached two blocks that will help me to position the
horizontal pieces right where they belong. Being working all alone makes things a bit
more difficult, so, this was my way of solving the issue. I connected everything with lube finished
wood screws that I got from Rockler. This plywood is quite hard, so having lubricated
screws really make the job easier. I kept cutting the sheets to match the wanted
size. So each door will be around 60 cm, being one
slightly smaller that the other so that the one that runs in front, always covers the
end of the other door. Not sure how commercially available sliding
doors are made but this just seemed to make visual sense to me. Inserir Laminar factory here? I had to use pocket holes for some joints
because there was really no other way to fully secure the components on site. So here you see me using the helper blocks
and I can rest the horizontal piece on top and screw it. This will permanently be attached to the walls
so I grabbed some angle brackets that I already had and used them. They are plenty strong for this purpose, although
i don’t really like the look but well, I really was on a tight budget for this one
and it’s not the end of the world. I tried this blue concrete anchors for the
first time that don’t requite plastic bushings and they worked pretty nicely. So yes these are concrete and brick walls,
not dry walls. At this point I noticed that something was
not quite right and after investigating, I realised that the floor was out of level and
out of square in relation o the walls and it was making the whole build crooked. Here is another trapezoidal shelf that I will
be installing using the helper block. Let me take a moment to tell you about Laminar,
the portuguese producer of the Eucalyptus Plywood. Besides Asia, it is extremely rare to find
a factory producing this type of plywood, which makes them rather special. I found it to be quite strong and hard as
it can be a great solution for structural works as well as pieces of furniture of a
bigger scale. As the faces are great looking due to the
straight grain, it can be used for shelves, table tops, and other woodworking or carpentry
projects. On their factory, everything is still traditionally
manufactured and I decided to film the process to show you, so I hope you enjoy this segment. They produce all kinds of plywood meeting
the customer’s needs using other species of wood as well as veneers. You can find the link to their website in
the description. Now let’s get back to the project. As this will all be painted white, I didn’t
care too much about screw placement as none of them will be visible in the end. Before installing this last vertical divider,
I wanted to drill evenly spaced holes for small shelves that can be adjusted depending
on the content to be stored. I made all the holes using this shelving jig
from Rockler and the centring bit that came with it. It was really easy to get them in the perfect
place and aligned to each other. I didn’t drill every single hole in the
template, I skipped every two holes because I didn’t feel like it was necessary to have
as much adjustability. After drilling the vertical divider, I removed
the black stopper and I went back to the closet to drill the final row close to the wall. I placed a few scraps under the bottom face
to raise it enough to be levelled and now I’m trying to disguise that messy look with
a super long wedge. I used putty to correct any imperfections
on the plywood edges and cover the screw heads prior to painting. I also caulked all the dividers and shelves
to give it a nicer look and help close some nasty gaps due to the walls not being straight
or completely flat. While it is drying, I can get started on the
sliding doors. So after cutting them to size, I brought them
out to route pockets for the rollers to get slightly embeded. You certainly don’t need to do this but
I’m not sure why I decided to make the bottom grooves so close to each other and had to
embed the rollers a bit in order for the doors to work properly and fit within the designated
space. So I quickly traced the shape and elongated
the top area to make it easier for a screw driver to fit and adjust the screws later
on. This doesn’t need to look too pretty as
it will never be seen. I didn’t predict that they would bump here,
so I cut away a little bit of material to make room from the rollers to pass. Inserir mosca na parte de cortar as peças
no fundo. Ok, much better. I can now prep for finish and for that I will
be applying 1 coat of white wood primer and two coats of the acrylic wall paint. I painted both sides of the doors to prevent
the wood from bowing which is very probable to happen when you only finish one side of
any sheet good. To hold the doors in place, I simply bought
aluminium C channel on my hardware store that had slightly more room than the thickness
of the doors. I wanted to take this opportunity to have
a full length mirror in the apartment, so covering the doors with mirrored glass was
the way to do. I ordered two pieces from a local glass shop
with a small indentation to work as a handle . I enhanced the little pocket with the router
and it was finally time to stick the mirror to the door panels. The adhesive I used was given to me at the
glass shop and is specifically meant to glue mirrors. Be careful as you cannot use just any silicone
or construction adhesive because it will mess up the mirror backing. To press it firmly, I used the most ancient
clamps of all time. A few months later, I had the time to finalize
the project and build the drawers for the bottom left divider. So I cut a bunch of pieces on the table saw
and the material that I used was pre-finished birch plywood for the sides and bottoms and
Laminar Eucalyptus plywood for the fronts. The sides are 12mm thick and the bottoms are
6mm thick. This would translate as half-inch for the
sides and a quarter inch for the bottoms. You can see the little extension table that
I added recently to my table saw and I’m super happy with it. I wanted the fronts to cover the side edges
because I won’t be applying false fronts, so my idea was to create a deep rabbet, removing
almost the entire thickness. So I was ready to cut it on the table saw
but then I noticed that I don’t have a zero clearance insert, which means that the piece
of wood would fall into the table if I tried to do this, making the cut very insecure. I changed plans and went ahead testing my
brand new dado blade set. I set the blades for a quarter inch cut and
first cut all the grooves on all pieces to receive the bottom boards. Well, I know what you’re thinking, yes I
am in europe and yes I have a dado blade set that I found with a 20mm arbor hole and yes
my table saw has a long arbor to receive thicker blade configurations and yes this table saw
meets all regulations regarding motor power, stop speed and brake for dado blade usage. I could then finish the dados on the front
pieces and to refine the cut a little more, I gave it a pass with the rabbet plane. Some of you ask me why have I left a hole
on the workbench and what the middle section is for. Well, here’s one of the usages for it. It’s very useful for rapidly clamp boards
using the bench dogs on the vise. Ok so now that all sides are ready, I can
measure and cut the bottoms out of 6mm plywood. Even though it is pretty thin, being baltic
birch plywood really makes it very stiff and durable. And the best part is being pre-finished which
makes things super quick and ready to go. Now, because I will be installing concealed
hinges that I got from Rockler, I need to cut a couple of notches on the back pieces. Crafted Workshop has a great video explaining
how to install this type of drawer slides and I basically followed Johnnys indications
to install mine. The grooves turned out to be a little too
tight so I tapped them to force them in their right place. I didn’t apply glue because I don’t think
it is necessary as I was going to use wood screws anyway and also being a pre-finished
wood at some of the joints it wouldn’t really work unless the area of contact gets fully
scratched to accept the glue. Now, to mount the drawer slides, besides the
notch, a 6mm hole needs to be drilled at a specific place. The manufacturer has template jigs as well
as Rockler but I didn’t have any of those in hand, so I simply made myself a template
out of a business card. Then I drilled the hole 10mm deep. Be carefull not to drill all the way through
as you will get a poked drawer. These holes need to be drilled at a slight
angle. Back to the closet, I added a strip of wood
to meet the alignment of the doors fully opened as the drawers obviously cannot open if there
is a door partially blocking the movement. And I also added 3 strips with the same thickness
so I can attach the slides. On one side they mount directly to the cabinet
side but on the right side, the slides are mount to the wood spacers I can now simply click the drawers into place
and they are fully installed. Ok so all that is left is to finish the fronts. I applied some wood putty to fill some gaps
on the plywood edges and gave the fronts a couple of coats of water based varnish. I didn’t like the look of these edges so
I randomly decided to paint them yellow. Eventually I realised it was a wrong decision
and switched to white so they match the rest of the closet. And here it is the final closet, ready to
store a bunch of stuff with 3 drawers that are super easy to remove and a wardrobe hanger
bar. The adjustable shelf system with the pins
works really well and I think it makes for a great use of the space. Here’s the baseboard piece fixed and adapted
to the sliding doors. I also added a few LED light bars with a sensor
so that it automatically turns on when it senses movement. I’ll post the link in the description for
these as well as many other tools that I used on this project. Big thanks to Rockler and Laminar for making
this video possible as well as to my Patreon members that continuously support my work. Thanks everyone for watching and go get your
hands dirty!


To begin, glad to see that you have produced another wonderful video! I always enjoy your projects and videos, well done. Your segment on the making of plywood really took me back. In the early 1970's (dating myself) I worked in a plywood plant on the southern Oregon (USA) coast and performed many of the tasks that were shown. Great video and thank you!

Soo the next video will probably coming out in April or March… God damn it,… its even harder to wait on a new Video than a new Anime Season…. Still, I will wait, I will Watch, I will like, I will Learn…

Oi! Só um conselho: nunca trabalhe com uma serra de mesa eléctrica com os cordões do capuz assim compridos e soltos. Ponha-os para dentro da camisola ou ate-os num nó para os encurtar. Tenha cuidado!
Hi! Just a word of advice: never work with an electric table saw with the drawstrings of the hood so long and loose. Put them inside the sweater or tie them in a knot to shorten them. Be safe!

The items you are making for the tiny apartment, do they stay if you move? Does the landlord give you discounts for making improvements to the property?

All good, until you started painting the triplay or playwood as they call it. Why paint the wood? In any case you would have used better the mdf of colors that you can get, (in my country it is not so easy to obtain or it is very expensive) or in any case melamine. Ok not the whole project just some parts you painted.

Is this laminar plywood made with more glue than regular furniture plywood? Because it could mean more gazing of aromatic organics, which is obviously not intented in a sleeping place. Thanks for the information, if you have it.

If you spray paint seal the back of a mirror, you can use any glue you want. HOWEVER, you should always paddle scrape your glue as uniform as possible, otherwise, dollops will deform the glass giving the mirror a wavy look. You can also shatter the mirror on cold days if it's made with safety glass.
FYI, paint sealing a mirror will stop old mirrors with degraded backs from going worse, which is a neat trick to know if you want the antique look, but not have it go useless because of the peeling effect.

I really like seeing your videos though I do wonder if you own the apartment or if your renting it.
At least where I live putting screws into a rented apartment generally wouldn't be aloud.

Loved the project, It will get a lot of 0f use I'm sure. I always like to watch manufacturing videos, I just think about all of the engineering that went into the machines that make the end products.
Thanks for sharing! Felix.

Hi Chris,
I remember this flat is rented?!
If so, if you ever leave, you might have to take everything out.
But everything is custom for this flat. Wouldn't it better to leave the build-ins for acquisition costs?
Hm….who will put a price on all this work… 🙈

Cool to see how the plywood is made!
And that closet is brilliant! Space for backpacks 😍 and with lights! 😎👍🏻
As always your voice leads us through the process as if it's a walk in the park and everything is carefully done.
I hope you are totally satisfied with your work every time you use it and maybe you are proud a little bit, when someone comes over for a visit!
Have a great time until next time!

Does all the required safety on those European table saws also keep them from grabbing hoodie draw string and yanking your neck into the blade? Not trying to be a d*** I just don't have any knowledge of eu saws. Heck I can't even afford a saw new enough to accept a riving knife / splitter and have never even used a table saw with that much safety on it.

Have you ever used a compass to scribe your work to perfectly fit an uneven wall or surface? It works great, even on extremely uneven surfaces like rough stone walls. A compass is a divider with a pencil on one side. Just like the the thing you use in grade school to draw circles on paper, one side pointy the other a little circle clamp for your pencil. The top of the compass has a wing nut or threaded handle for locking in your circle size. So, to scribe to an uneven surface, I'll try to describe a simple job and you will be able to work out the rest from this…it's very easy.
OK, you've got a piece of plywood 30cm x 30cm. You want one edge to fit against a sloping bumpy wall. (lets assume the floor is level) Place one edge of your plywood on the floor and slide it into the wall. You see gaps all along the edge against the wall. Take you're compass, and holding it as level as you can, place the pointy end against the wall at the widest gap. Now extend the pencil side until it touches the plywood edge. Lock in this size on you're compass. Now, holding the compass level, slide the pointy end against the wall letting the pencil draw a bumpy line on the plywood. Cut along this line to get a perfect fit.

You can use a scroll saw for really uneven surfaces. One more tip. You can bevel your cut a couple of degrees to make sanding or carving in a seamless fit easier.
I used to install custom saunas. This worked great to butt up against stone. Good luck, have fun !

muy bueno que muestres el proceso de fabricación de las placas, es bueno saberlo, muy interesante el mueble. Saludos muy bueno el canal.

Wow the plywood factory segment was much appreciated! The custom closet are one of the biggest luxury of being a maker and this one turned out GREAT

Nice plywood ! And very nice build. It looks perfect. It must have been a lot of work considering the walls geomety.
Good job !

Your works are great, greetings from Izmir, Turkey 🙂
Have you ever thought building something without screws? Like japans do

Thank you so much for sharing not just your beautiful closet but also I was so fascinated with how the ply wood is made. I watched it a few times lol. Your tools are amazing I think the table saw is just fabulous and so innovative. 👍🏽😉 can’t wait to see more. How many people saw this and wanted to have her come and make stuff for you?😄 get those hands dirty❣️👏🏽👏🏽

I really like this, it's very well made, well done! 👍 I did a similar build, only mine was from wall to wall, so I just built a frame for the inside instead of solid wood walls. Mine was a double wardrobe with two drawers and single wardrobe with drawers either side of a central drawer section, with space above to hang a TV from the wall.

Your videos are always a true joy to watch!
You are such a skilled woodworker AND video maker!! This project really inspired me making a similar one.
Greetings from one of your fans in Sweden

Nice one Cris, I do think the rails in the wood of the closet looks nice and subtle. Cool to see it finished!

Very nice project, as always on this channel!

1 hint on the wall-mounting:
Instead of those ugly brackets u might use a slim L-shaped aluminium profile – 1 side screwed into the wall, the other below the shelf.
Much cleaner look. For perfection u can set in the aluminium profile into the wood also making it even…

Best advertisement mid way through a video! I liked saying how they made the plywood you were using. Very cool project as well 👍👍

This is a great organizing option for a small space! The Laminar tour was a neat interlude. And I love your use of the most ancient clamps of all time. 😁

Great work solving all the problems you found.
Every project have issues you must solve out of the plan and you did it with no problem.

what is the mat that you used when you were cutting the large sheets of plywood with circular saw (the one that looked like cement and had cuts in them)?? I saw such a closet with mirrors right next to the main door of my room in a hotel and would be startled at my own reflection everytime I entered the room… You might get used to this though!!!

Congratulations, not bcs the closet but bcs you do it with normal tools and in limited space (the are tons of channels doing stuff but all have amazing/huge/expensive tools + some kind of workshop with all space we don't have)

Você gosta do teu aspirador da Bosch? Por um erro da loja me mandaram um e estou pensando se vendo ou se guardo pro meu futuro workshop 🤔

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