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08-15-2018 04:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router help cabinet door pattern

Can someone help me with this corner design? The groove is 1/4 Inch and it’s exactly 2 inches from the outer edge to the inside straight side of the groove (towards center of door)

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#1 posted 08-15-2018 06:49 PM

Are you just trying to copy the design?

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#2 posted 08-15-2018 07:33 PM

Not even close to understanding what you’re asking. More details, please.

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#3 posted 08-15-2018 07:47 PM

I remember these were commonly done on a jig like this one;

It was completely manually operated and about every fifth door got a little messed up.

Man, this takes me back to the early 1980’s here…

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#4 posted 08-15-2018 09:49 PM

yep – flashback to the ‘80s !!

Keys – how many do you want to duplicate ??
someone with a CNC router can pop out a couple dozen for you for a modest price.
if you have only a couple to do, you can make a template out of 1/2” MDF
and using a handheld router with a round bottom pattern bit with the top bearing,
you can do it yourself – with a little practice.


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#5 posted 08-16-2018 02:04 PM

well – finding a little spare time on my hands, I decided to give it a try.
this is my very first attempt at free-handing a hand-held router.
I took the photo you posted and printed it out approximately to your scale.
drew the 2” border like you described, applied a light mist of spray glue on the paper
and stuck it in place . . . . with a 1/4” round nose bit, I just followed the lines.
(like in the 3rd grade coloring class). I need to practice this technique as it looks like fun.
with a light sanding and filling in the groove with a black sharpie marker, this is what
I came up with in about 3 minutes. If I had several to do, I would make a MDF template.
so ~ to answer your question: that is just one way to put an accent groove in cabinet doors.


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