The 1/4" ply will be fine but will net out to be a little less thick
that 1/4", so make sure you have your stock before machining your
Also, be aware that the face veneer of hardwood plywood comes in many
grades and cuts.
I would look for a Flatsawn veneer, rather than the Radial cut that is
too often found in home centers. The flatsawn will give you the
appearance of solid stock.
You must also decide if the appearance of the inside of your doors is
important enough to buy a ply with two high grade faces.
If the doors will be open much of the time you may want to use A/A ply
- that is ply that has two top grade faces. You would not be too bad
off with A/1, or even some instances of A/2.
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)
For non-load bearing, like door panels, you might use 1/4" [but I'd do
raised wood panels for that, or at least add some sort of design for
appearance.] For load bearing, I'd go to 1/2". Personally though I'd
use at least 1/2" all round.
Keep in mind that it's sometimes difficult to find 1/4" plywood that
has a good oak side on both sides (as most of the times, it's used for
the backs, so only one good side shows). You'll see both sides in your
plans (I'm guessing).
Wood Magazine had an article this past year with plans for something
similiar (an entertainment center with 1/4 plywood panels in frames).
Theirs was cherry, but obviously you could make it oak.
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