Here are 2 links with drawings that will show what a rail and stile are and
how to make them.
Router bits and a drawing of a rail mated to the side of a stile.
And direction of how to make rail and stiles with a rail and stile bit.
MLCS offers its Cabinet Door Software. The software does the
calculations and produces a cut list. I recently used it on an inset
door project and it worked very well. It can even produce labels for
the individual cut pieces.
The simple calculations assume you are cutting exacly the depth of your
cutter width. I actually take a little heavier cut, effectively letting
the cutter joint off a little wood, so I start with a little extra length
and maybe take a couple of cuts to sneak up on the length I want. The sad
truth is that I'll usually leave the rails a little long and trim to the
final dimension with the edge cutter. It sounds lazy and sloppy. OK, it
really is lazy and sloppy, but no one has ever put a caliper on any of my
doors to see if all the pieces are of equal or nominal width. I've never
been able to fix a door once I got the rails too short, except when I make
the doors before the face frame and can adjust the openings by widening the
face frame stock.
Well, give it a little thought. If uncut, 1x3 stiles and 12" rails
will give you an 18" wide door. If you cut the rails only 11-1/2"
long, there will be a 1/4" gap between the rail and stiles. Will
routing away some of that wood fill this gap? <g>
Alex -- Replace "nospam" with "mail" to reply by email. Checked infrequently.
You might want to check out some software I've developed that is based
on Microsoft Excel. I believe it would make your job much easier. Check
out CabinetCRUNCHER at www.cabinetcruncher.com or let me know if you
have any questions - thanks.
That's an impressive suite of software. I took a quick look at the User
Guide and from what I read, it looks to be decent documentation. One bit of
confusion is the "packages" and if you only purchase say one package, then
add the others later - there is no seamless integration. You have to open
each program independently is what I read or purchase the full package for a
fully integrated workflow. Is there an "upgrade" path that will allow
integration of the packages?
The warranty is only good for 30 days and you don't address updates or bug
fixes that I read - perhaps I just missed it someplace. I have a lot of
software and doubtful that I get to exercise all the features in 30 days.
One wouldn't know how accurate your cut sheets truly are until they cut some
wood. If the software is good - why not extend the warranty out to 90 days
minimum or offer a trial version - perhaps even a crippled version - as much
as I hate that kind of software but I understand the need to protect your
Thanks for your reply. Each of the applications are actually separate
files that can either be accessed independently or they can be opened
via hyperlinks on each of the main menues. At some point, we will
probably offer each of the applications independently but expect that
it will be much more cost effective to purchase one of the packages
similar to those currently offered.
Regarding software updates and bug fixes, we do provide updated
versions upon request. Based on excellent customer feedback we've
received thus far, the 30 day trial period has not yet been an issue
but your point is well taken. We've contemplated some sort of trial
version but haven't quite gotten that far yet.
Thanks again and let me know if we can provide any further information.
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