Home Office Buildout #5: Mission Style Doors

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Blog entry by scarpenter002 posted 02-16-2018 06:49 PM 1865 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally finished out my Mission style doors for the upper cabinets. I had milled the rails and styles about nine months ago when milling all the other components for my upper cabinets raised panel doors. Unfortunately life interfered, and they sat around the shop waiting for me to create the mullions.

My first order of business was to remove the unneeded wood off the back of all rails, and the stiles, up to the width of the rails.

I made the mullions using the same set of Freud router door set. Following the method demonstrated by Marc Sommerfeld, I first created a profiled push block, which would allow me to safely handle the mullions. (Pictured below)

I milled and cut my boards to length, but did not rip them to width. I ran the ends through the rail coping bit, creating the proper profiles on the end. I then switched out my coping bit and installed the stile bit. I ran each board through, profiling one side, then ripped the board to width. I then used my profiled push board to profile the parallel edge. Once all the mullions were profiled, I used a combination of the tablesaw to rip off the unnecessary wood from the back of the mullions. For strength, I decided to keep the horizontal mullion at full depth, but trim the vertical pieces, using only two pieces of glass per door. I used an undercut bit on my router table, with the profiled push block to accomplish this. (Thanks again Marc). Here is my finished door:

And here they are during the test fit:

This week I was able to paint them and install the glass, using Rockler glass clips. Here is they installed. (Please ignore the dirty glass and all the tools inside the cabinets)

Thanks for reading.

-- Scott in Texas

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#1 posted 02-16-2018 10:22 PM

Looking good!

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 02-17-2018 06:29 AM

Beautiful. You’re a talented guy.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 02-18-2018 01:47 AM

Very nice !! Thanks for sharing the sequence of how you machined the doors…...GREAT job!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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