email@example.com (Dan) wrote in message
Anyone ever make doors thicker than 3/4"? I don't have a
A suggestion here on your doors. Since you do not have the tools you
need or feel comfortable with to make a raised door, why make a raised
door? We used to take 3/4" or 7/8" wood and make what they called
"half lapped" doors.
Figure out the size of your opening based on the width of your doors.
If your doors are 14' wide (based on your material availability and
design), then make your openings on your rails and stiles 1" smaller.
Use your router (any peewee router will do this) to cut a 3/8" deep
groove 3/8" into the doors all around. Soing this will give you a
dado 3/8"X 3/8" all four edges. Now the door will sit in the openings
for them, but stop at the end of the dado.
The crucial part is to find the correct hinge for this; HD carries
them here, but Lowe's does not. Acme hardware here also carries them.
Your hinge will fit in this dado to attach to the door as they are
made to sit in the 3/8x3/8 dado. The other side will face mount on
the stile. The correct spacing will be easy to get in the opening
since you can put reference marks on the rails and stiles to center
the door up.
Be sure to use a roundover bit on the door fronts before installing,
and you are finished with these doors and installation in a flash. No
tear out, no nasty behavior from an unknown species of wood, and best
of all it can all be easily done with very basic tools.
You might look around for any older cabinets that are not raised
panel; many of these, especially the houses we remodel from the 50's,
and early 60's have this style of door and hinge for you to study.
Many of these cabinets were actually 'site built' using only hand
As far as the wood goes... from a picture I think it is anybody's
guess, some probably better than others.
Thanks for the tip...but I really like the look of raised panels, I'm
planning to use the same method as you use to cut coves on the table
saw. I'll run the panels thru at an angle to the blade, raising the
blade just a little bit each time...I'll try it out on some scrap to
see how it turns out. I almost went ahead and used this as an excuse
for a bigger router (the Hitachi 3 1/4 HP for $159 at Amazon sure
looked tempting), but then I would have to spend at least another $150
on the proper bits, and I would be stuck with only 1 style of bit.
I'll try this method and see how it turns out, still haven't completly
ruled out buying more tools (isn't that always a good thing?)
P.S. Any more thoughts on the wood after the lye treatment? Somehow
that reply got listed up near the top...I'm using google for this.
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