Looking for alternatives to raised panel doors and got to thinking.
If I would use just a plain (but cherry) ply slab could find a design
to overlay or otherwise enhance the simple slab, that might be one way
Some kind of neat handles is another alternative.
That said, anyone have any ideas or urls to share that would give me
(Yes, I'm going to do my own google search, but ya never know what
additiona gems you guys'll come up with).
The cabinet guys were using molding on birch plywood
slabs about 30 years ago. This was the basic cabinets
and damn few folks could afford raised panel doors.
This will also require the purchase of some fairly
expensive molding unless you are looking at paint
It will also require a "great deal" of patience and
skill in cutting molding.
Fancy hardware has saved many a sorry looking set of
Renata (in email@example.com) said:
| Looking for alternatives to raised panel doors and got to thinking.
| If I would use just a plain (but cherry) ply slab could find a
| design to overlay or otherwise enhance the simple slab, that might
| be one way to go.
| Some kind of neat handles is another alternative.
| That said, anyone have any ideas or urls to share that would give me
| some ideas.
I was playing around with routing decorations into composite sheets
for cabinet doors a while back. I didn't come up with anything I
really liked; but one of the ideas may trigger a better idea from you.
I'll post my sketches to ABPW.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
You might check with your local lumber yard and see if they have
something called cabinet door lip mold or D-158. It's a molding made
to frame around plywood doors and leaves a 3/8 off-set for use with a
3/8 off-set hinge. Very common 25 years ago but less so now. Our
local yard still carries it in oak but cherry might be hard to find.
Also any millwork that has been around that long will probably still
have knives and might get a kick out making it for you.
If you have a router and some bits you can probably come up with
something of your own design that would serve the same purpose.
I was actually thinking along this line (door lip), briefly. I'm
really looking for some cool ideas for a design or sumptin' I can
incorporate into a slab door. Or a treatment for said slab to make it
interesting. e.g. a thinner wood overlay on part of the door that is
a design or creates a design when combined. Or, anything else.
I know there's sites out thee that are like galleries of people's
work. Perhaps if y'all know of some (yes, I've saved some of the ones
that have come up here in the past).
Contemporary theme, since that's my style and the appliances are SS
and I think they are better suited for contemporary than traditional.
A cheapy way is to cut a 1/16" x 1/16" rabbet around the perimeter of the
plywood slab and then glue hard wood rails and stiles around the perimeter.
This adds a decorative small grooved detail between the hard wood and the
panel and also hides the joint.
I moved my office upstairs this weekend (the old one became a
dedicated lathe room) and was looking at the chessboard I had made
several years ago. The frame around the board is black walnut with
butternut accent inlays. To get the inlays in without a lot of
carving, I had mitered the pieces of the frame, and then cut grooves
in with the tablesaw (two rip cuts each). After getting the grooves
in place, I resawed some thin strips of the butternut to the size of
the grooves in the walnut, then ran a thin bead of glue down each
groove, and tapped the butternut into place with a mallet. After it
dried, I scraped the waste off with a cabinet scraper, and it left an
absolutely seemless inlay that has been in place through all sorts of
temperature and humidity changes.
I know the above was a little long-winded, but the technique might
work nice for making borders on your doors. It's quick and easy to
get a very nice result with. Depending on the look you're going for,
you could just cut the grooves from edge to edge, and overlap them.
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