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#1 posted 03-13-2019 06:07 PM

Question to all …
I m using 3/4” maple ply for cabinet doors and want to put a walnut frame around the doors. These are going be actively used doors and I don t want them to fall apart. So here s my question: Do I need to by one of those fancy router bits (v-groove or t&g) to joint the pieces together? I need a consensus on this one. Everybody seems to have a different idea about this.

- FHG1

My only question is why are you going to use 3/4” ply for a door panel? 1/4” or at most 1/2” will be the norm. Using a door is different than using a walkboard for a scaffold. There will not be a 250# Man, and another 100# of tools crossing it at any time, or if there is, you use doors a lot different than I do.

If someone insisted I use 3/4” ply for a panel I would use 6/4 walnut stock, and cut a 3/4” rabbet/rebate on the back inner edge, and use stick and cope to build the panel around that massive plywood, but I’d try to talk them out of 3/4” ply on the door panel. For the box, ok, not the door panel though.

“They have been making cabinet doors for a few hundred years now. I would stick with with one of the known proven ways of making doors.”

Truer words never spoken.

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