Curved Doors; Raised panel & Six light glass #8: Gluing up the doors/ Finished and hanging

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 09-08-2008 12:09 AM 8193 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The final glue up of the doors is done the same way the panels were glued up. I use a I” thick piece of mdf for a base clamping block. It is about an 1/8 narrower than the door is at this point. The styles on the doors are still wide at this point , they will be trimmed to fit the cabinet after they are all cleaned up. You’ll need two clamp blocks made from 3/4 mdf that match the outside radius of the doors. Then the glue up is done like the pictures below.


Once the doors have been glued up its time to do the final sanding. All the joints and moldings are sanded in and a final sand of 180 is done on the whole door. Then its final fit time to the cabinet and hinging and hanging.

Below is the doors hanging in the cabinet all finished and ready to head out the door.


Thanks once again for joining me through out this venture. Hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have!!

Next I’ll be finishing up the curved door with six divided light glass panels. The glass for this door was hand made as well.

See you next time!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 09-08-2008 03:31 AM

Thanks Les. This has been very informative and I’m sure it will help me finish this project we are working on. I’ll keep you posted on how it is going. I do have one question for you. I noticed thatyour doors are inset and you used hinges that are mortised into the door and face frame. Our doors are 1/2 overlay and we are using euro hinges on the cabinet. Anything I need to know about drilling these doors differently? And how did you go about trimming your door to size after you glued it up?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 09-08-2008 05:10 AM

The end result is great. A job well done

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 09-08-2008 06:58 AM


These are absolutely spectacular. Reading and studying this series has been informative and exciting (second only to the excitement of reading God’s Word). Although I will probably not live long enough or gain enough skill to tackle such a project, some lessons learned have already been applied to other projects.

Thank you for your willingness to so generously share your expertise.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 09-08-2008 12:22 PM

Les, this has been a fantastic read, thanks so very much for the experience.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#5 posted 09-08-2008 02:13 PM

Very Professional!!! Great job. Thanks for blogs.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 09-08-2008 02:30 PM

Gorgeous stuff Les. Thanks for the tutorial.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 09-08-2008 11:45 PM

Cabinetmaster, we have a sliding table saw that I used to trim the doors. I clamped them to the fence with them propped up at the right angle and trimmed them off close and them finished fitting them just using the jointer. The euro hinges shouldn’t be that big of deal really, just make sure you prop the door up so the style is laying on the table tight at the center of the hole…..ya follow what I mean?

Thanks all for comments and for hanging in for the ride.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 09-09-2008 01:30 AM

Thanks Les. Yep, I follow what you mean…........LOL This has been a great blog and you did a great job and it has been very professional. Thanks again for a job well done.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 09-09-2008 09:37 PM

Beautiful piece,

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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