I'm going to be rebuilding cabinet doors in the not so distant future.
SWMBO says that they must be "flat" -- that is, no raised panel, recessed panel, etc -- no place to catch gunk. Also, they are to be wood, so no painted MDF (although she would go for the vinyl-clad MDF if we must).
So, I've thought of three options:
* solid wood * solid ply, with edges angled in * ply center with solid edge banding
I'm not hot on the solid ply option, with the edges showing -- looks quite old fashioned, and I'm hoping to avoid that look.
Solid wood concerns me with warping and shrinkage being in the kitchen (wood would most likely be white or red oak). These doors will NOT be recessed into the cabinets, so perhaps the shrinkage would be ok? 16" wide, what should I expect in total movement?
Is the ply center with solid banding a reasonable door look (3/4 ply, mind you, not recessed panel, which is quite normal)? I see such a door on www.decore.net, but I'm not real hot on the look either. I'm considering staining the "rail/stile"s so that they're a different shade than the panel. Has anyone done this, and have pictures to show?