I need to build some cabinet doors for my garage/workshop.
As I mentioned in another post, I also have a bunch of short cedar T&G 1x6
cutoffs, most about 14" to 16" long.
Can anyone recommend methods of building larger cabinet doors (15"x48" or
so), using shorter boards?
In the past, I have constructed simple framed doors by ripping off the
tongues and grooves, edge gluing the boards into panels, then ran them
through the planer to achieve the thin panels I need. But, the short boards
would mean each door would require multiple panels. Doable, but not really
the look I am after.
I could probably make large panels with the grain running horizontal
instead of vertical, but I'm not sure how I would plane it smooth (Can you
plane boards "across" the grain?) or if the panel would expand and contract
Since these doors will be used in the garage, I would actually like to
avoid the edges of a framed door. Just one more thing to collect dust. Is
there a good way to make a flat door with short cutoffs? If I just glued a
frame around the underside of a panel, would I run into cracking problems
as the panel tried to expand and contract?