Kitchen cabinetry #6: Making doors

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Blog entry by Jake posted 11-10-2014 09:20 AM 1614 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First off, lets start my establishing that i have the best, most understanding wife ever. I installed the cabinetry and had the plumber install my sink on the 20th of February this year, after which I was to make the doors and shelves in short order…. well…. with the 2” slab of hardwood counter top, pine or fir wouldn’t cut it for the doors, and oak was expensive, in addition i had to finish up my thesis for my university and had other projects, so I knew it was going to take a few more weeks…

Well, fast forward to now and my wife still lives with me, and has hardly mentioned the doors over the last 8 months, I really do love her to pieces! So now it is high time to get going on the doors. I purchased some maple and oak, so time to make the doors. PS! I noticed I haven’t posted pics of the installed lower cabinetry – will do that later when I get the pics from my other computer.

So the doors will be solid wood (32”x24” roughly), rail and stile, with raised panels. Oak rail and stiles and maple panels. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Printed out DanK’s instructions which he gave me on the furniture makers forum, made room for my notes. Chose a piece of Oak which I won’t miss, needed it for the door mock-up.

Sawed the pieces using a straight edge and my cirular saw.

Some hocus-pocus-magic and stiles and rails assembled

The 2 pieces of maple which will go into the doors – unfortuantely they are not wide enough, so I had to straight edge them and glue some stuff on.

Did my best to grain match, we’ll see how that turns out at a later date. one panel is in the clamps and other will be clamped up later today.

Next up is making the actual door frames for the bottom cabinetry, flattening the maple panels, raising panels, pre-finish, assembly, finish.

As always my posts are picture heavy, now for the questions:
1. As I understand the groove should be 1/3 of material thickness, how about the depth of the groove?

2. How would you recommend i go about raising the panel – I don’t have a router bit, or router table for that matter. I was thinking of doing it on the table saw, kind of like you do cove molding. Would hand planing be a better option? How much room should I leave from the rails/stiles until the actual molding part starts?

3. To fix the hardwood panels in the frame I have seen rubber balls of some kind used in the grooves. I can’t find them here, what would be a good substitute for these? Could I just peg the middle of the panel on the top and bottom and leave the sides floating, kind of like you do with a breadboard end?

Probably other questions will come up later, thanks for reading and for all the help!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#1 posted 11-10-2014 07:10 PM

The item you were looking for is SPACEBALLS

Good luck on your doors. Using the tablesaw to make the raised panels would work, just remember:

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 12:53 AM

For your “space balls” run a small bead of silicone calk on a piece of wax paper. let it set for a day or so and than cut 1/4” pieces to use in the stiles and rails.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 11-11-2014 06:22 AM

thanks Herb, I have been working hard trying to keep myself safe, so I will try to keep that up. :)

Thanks a lot for the tip Oluf – that is awesome!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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