I have four poplar frame and panel cabinet doors (they measure 13
wide by 23 high) that are 1 too narrow for the opening I plan to use
My thought is to add a 1 strip of poplar to the hinge side of each
door. The doors will be painted white and I want the seam between the
door and the added strip to be as invisible (or as close as I can get
to that). I plan to slightly chamfer the edge of the 1 strip before
gluing it on, to create a shallow groove that I can then fill. My
questions are: does this seem like the best way to widen the doors (I
dont care that the two stiles will be different widths after I add
the strip, and I cant narrow the opening, and I really want to use
these particular doors for this opening). And which filler would make
the smoothest seam and be least likely to crack over time: epoxy plus
wood dough; bondo; or a good ordinary wood filler?
Thanks in advance.
No. Split the width on both edges instead of putting it all on one
side. A good glue joint will be invisible when sanded and painted
whereas the proposed filler will likely eventually telegraph through
regardless of what is used.
Actually, if you were to choose the v-groove alternative (I considered
it briefly, but decided against suggesting it, but reflection made me
reconsider), I'd suggest looking at the proportions of the door w/ and
perhaps it would make a better design feature if went that route if the
whole width were at the outer edge of the two mating doors (assuming
they are mating).
I'd surely suggest various alternatives to check the effect visual
effect w/ several alternatives as changing stile width w/o modifying the
rail size(s) can be a real shocker to the senses if not careful. Will
depend strongly on the overall size of the doors and what they're going
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