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Krenov-inspired cabinet #3: Overlapping rabbets to fit the doors

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Blog entry by Al Navas posted 06-18-2008 09:28 PM 2409 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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From my blog:

In this episode I show how overlapping rabbets provide one solution to fitting the doors to the cabinet, while minimizing the door gap. I used a small shoulder plane to clean up the rabbet surfaces, to improve the fit and allow the doors to close with a nice, tight fit.

Credit for the overlapping rabbet solution belongs to Norman Pirollo, who publishes the blog The Refined Edge. Thanks, Norman!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com



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John Fry

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#1 posted 06-19-2008 01:17 AM

The overlapping rabbets are a nice touch Al.

I used a little different method on my Krenov where I rabbeted the back edges of both doors and then glued a vertical strip to one door’s rabbet that provided the back support. This kept the front doors the same visible dimension from side to side.

Of course my doors were flat panels with out rails and stiles.

Your cabinet is coming along great and just looks beautiful!

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture, www.chiselandbit.com

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Kipster

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#2 posted 06-19-2008 02:33 AM

Very nice grain work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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Al Navas

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#3 posted 06-19-2008 03:01 AM

John,

Thanks a bunch! Your Krenov cabinet was an inspiration to me; I remember seeing it and telling myself I would have to try it, too. Since then, it has been on my to-do list. Your solution to the flat panels is a terrific one!

Kipster,

I appreciate your comments. And I LOVE your signature line!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com

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#4 posted 06-19-2008 02:44 PM

Al,

The double rabbet method I used that attaches the “strip” of wood down the back of one door can work on rail and stile doors too. I couldn’t remember the name of the strip as I wrote the reply, but FYI, it is known as an “Astragal”.

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture, www.chiselandbit.com

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#5 posted 06-19-2008 07:12 PM

Thanks, John! I just learned something new.

In that context, HOW would one interpret the name Astragal Press?

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO, http://sandal-woodsblog.com

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