I am considering making mitered raised panel doors for my kitchen
instead of traditional ones. How harder or easier is it to make mitered
doors? How strong are they? My primary concern is how to reinforce
mitered join. Is #10 biscuit string enough?
the trickiest part I see is getting the miters PRECISELY 45 degrees so
that the glue line will be uniform so that the joints won't come apart
under repeated stress. Use the largest biscuits you can fit into the
joints. Rail/stile construction is the norm. what's the reason you
want to make mitered doors? lack of tools? prefer the "look"?
yeah, I've made two picture frames so far, and took SPECIAL care to
ensure the miters were dead-on, perfect 45's. Popped in biscuits, laid
on the glue and chinched it all up with my trust Lee Valley strap.
Checked the diagonals--perfecto. and no unsightly gaps on the front
face of the frame. Anytime I've looked at frames in stores, the first
thing I check out is the corners. Many frames don't pass my critical
eye for loose joints. I think my pickiness is the prime reason all my
projects seem to take longer than I expect. :) The upside is that the
results impress viewers (or they have all suddenly become good liars
after lifetimes of always blurting out the truth whether it hurts or
not). Life's little rewards are sometimes nothing more than a job well
I usually make doors cope & stick or M&T, but on
several projects I have done mitered doors. One
big advantage is that you can make the rails/stiles
with a bead/groove etc which will progress uninterupted
around the door (which is why I did it).
I joined the miters with #20 biscuits. I found it useful
to make a jig to hold the biscuit joiner in place an then
after cutting the 45's, clamp them into the jig to cut
These are very strong joints. I have never had one fail.
If you are worried about it, you can always use 2 biscuits
at each joint if the wood is thick enough.
When I first got my biscuit joiner about 10 years ago,
I made a pair of oak doors for my shop, just to see if
the biscuits would hold up. They take a beating but have
yet to fail in any way.
It is a quick & easy way to make a door.
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