I'm building a kitchen cabinet for my sister. She wants a single glass
door. With a 2.5" frame the glass will be ~14 x 35". My initial thought is
that size of glass will be fairly heavy and that 2 doors would be better.
Espically when all the (ab)use a kitchen cabinet door takes over the years.
Any thoughts? Maybe a 3 or 3.5" frame would be better if a single door is
the way to go. I've done plenty of cabinets and doors -- just none with
Mayhaps Shakespeare, the Bard, said it best... "Much ado, about nothing..."
In our kitchen we have a single cabinet with a glass door. (accent piece
in the corner)
31" x 11.5" glass inset on a 2 3/8 rail/stile door. Three regular
hinges. Going on 11 years new and nary a problem.
Talk to your glass supplier for a specific glass type recommendation.
Once that's done, the rest of the job is in your wheelhouse.
On 9/4/2014 5:04 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
My pantry glass was much heavier than the panel, 3/16" Flemish glass.
;~) BUT the method of attachment will be the key to strength. Attached
with adhesive and the glass adds strength. Floating and the glass is
dead weight. The real factor is to use enough hinges to handle the
weight if the door ends up heavier.
Built properly 2" rails and stiles are more than adequate. I build my
doors with a rabbet recess on the back side and my glass guy uses a
clear silicone based adhesive to attach the glass from the back side in
side that rabbet. The glass in the link below is Flemmish style and is
thicker than normal, 3/16" thick. If the glass is attached with an
adhesive the glass adds strength to the door frame. Our pantry cabinet
doors are 18" x 32". I would suggest using at least 3 hinges to handle
the added weight if the hinges are not strong to begin with. I used
Blum Euro style hinges and 2 was plenty. The pantry is 8' x 8'.
Here is the pantry and the back side of the door.
Another sample with larger doors and thinner glass
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