Step 5: Attach the channel

Coat the exposed wood in the dado with primer and paint. Then cut the sweep's two aluminum channels just 1/8-inch shy of the width of the door (to allow for end caps to be installed later). To make sure the cut is clean, Tom clamps the channels in a miter box and uses a hacksaw with a waxed blade. Insert one channel into the dado, center it end to end, and screw it in place, as shown.
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    Tools List

    • grooving tool
      Grooving tool: can be rented
    • shop vacuum
      Shop vacuum
    • Nut screwdriver
      Small slot-head screwdriver
    • roller spline
      Spline roller
    • router
      Router with edge guide and ½-inch straight bit
    • drill
    • hacksaw

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