Shop cabinet doors


Is 1/2" ply overkill for the (flat) panels of some shop cabinet doors? I am making these cabinets for practice mainly (and storage of course).
Cheers! Duke
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That depends on how long you want to stand on them before they break. If you're just going to put them up like normal doors, then 1/4" is plenty sufficient. 1/2" would certainly be overkill.
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On Tue, 24 Jan 2006 08:39:45 -0600, "Dukes909"

Yes. The flat panels float (or should) and do not provide much additional strength. The frame provides the strength. Mine are all 1/4" and have held up fine.
Frank
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On Tue, 24 Jan 2006 10:55:36 -0600, Frank Boettcher

Plus if the frame is 3/4" thick a 1/2" groove doesn't leave enough material. Then you end up having to rabbet all the edges of the panels.
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On Tue, 24 Jan 2006 08:39:45 -0600, "Dukes909"

Usually 1/4" ply is adequate to keep dust and dirt out. Using 1/2" ply works just as well, but this will add weight to your hinges and/or may cause the door to sag.
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