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Forum topic by FaTToaD posted 07-19-2011 07:23 PM 2222 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2011 07:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet kitchen rail stile glass retainters question

Well this weekend I finally started building the new kitchen cabinet doors and I’ve got a few quick questions about installing glass into the frame.

For a little background the doors are shaker style cut with rail and stile bits. The top cabinet doors are going to have frosted glass instead of a panel in the center. On those I’ve glued them up minus the center panel and then I used a rabbiting bit to remove the section of wood that’s usuall the back side of the dado for the center panel. This leaves me with a ~0.45” rabbit on the back side of the panel.

Now, my intetion is to use staple style plastic retainters to hold the glass in place.

Do I need to place a section of retainer on all four sides of the panel or just the top and bottom?

I know they are “staple style” but will small brad nails work as well?

Any advice or tips on installing glass this way?

Any help will be appreciated! Thanks!

-- David

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#1 posted 07-19-2011 07:38 PM

David, I haven’t used the plastic ones like your link….I have used small half round molding I made on my router table….You run a round over bit on a piece of wood (do not cut it down to thin strip until you have rounded the edge). For shaker style you could also use a beveling bit instead of round over – for that matter you could use any decorative edge bit to make a small piece of molding.

I have always used small brads to secure the glass (or mirror holders on larger cabinets and boxes). Make sure you leave a little bit of expansion room in the glass panel slot….and do not glue the panel to the rails or stiles. I typically try to get the glass to about 2 or 3/32 (or whatever in mm) short of the actual size (this typically will allow for movement in practically any wood)

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