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Custom Buffet #4: Raised Panel Doors - UGH!

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Blog entry by MT_Stringer posted 279 days ago 937 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it was a struggle, but I managed to mill the panels and assemble the doors. This was my first attempt at making the raised panel for the doors. That big ol’ bit is pretty scary.

Note: I used a Bosch 1617 2 1/4hp router mounted in the table with the variable speed control turned down as low as it would go.

First thing I realized is my dust port on the router fence was too small. So I decided to shim the fence with a couple of pieces of 3/4 inch melamine coated shelving. I cut each piece to sorta fit the bit profile. That worked out really well. I clamped the pieces to the existing fence using some home made t track hold downs.

Next problem was bit clearance. The bit has to be mounted above the table top. The hole in the router plate is too small for the bit to fit through. After some trial and error fitting, I settled on a piece of 1/4 inch mdf. That gave me just enough clearance to adjust the bit height. I cut a 4 inch hole in the mdf and then fastened it to the router table by drilling two holes through it and the table; one on each side near the front of the table. Two 1/4 – 20 bolts countersunk in the mdf keep it in place. The fence sits on top of the mdf and secures it once the clamps have been tightened.

Checking the fit. Looks good to me.

Four panels ready for assembly.

Here is one door glued and clamped. I let each one sit for 30 minutes before removing the clamps.

I had my favorite shop helper lending a hand with part of the glue up. And yes, Buc-ees house shoes are proper attire when working in my shop! If you travel around Texas, you may encounter a Buc-ees. Cleanest restrooms you can find. We stop at the Madisonville store every time we travel between Houston and Dallas. Bella loves her Buc-ees shoes.

Time to add a little glue to the joint. The mustard bottle was just the right size for her to squeeze.

Good job. She is serious about her work.

Time to “paint” the glue. That is what she called it.

She did a good job of spreading the glue all the way along the joint. Bella likes Titebond glue. :-)

Note: Sometimes during photo sessions, props are needed. That was the case here. We had fun.

Clamp it, girl!

Check the pipe clamp to make sure it is snug. I love getting her involved. Making memories!

All doors have been assembled and the holes for the hinges bored. Time for a little final sanding and then initial installation will follow.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas



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stefang

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#1 posted 279 days ago

The doors look great and so does your able assistant!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 279 days ago

Your little helper is adorable. My daughter gets really excited when glue is involved. She’ll throw her hands up and say “YAAAAY GLUE!!!!”

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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jumbojack

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#3 posted 279 days ago

Those are looking really fine Mike.
When you hang em, clamp a straight edge to the bottom of the carcass. It gets all the doors even all the way across. Plus it gives you a ‘third’ hand. Trouble is you need four hands. Maybe you could enlist the help of that little cutie.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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jumbojack

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#4 posted 279 days ago

I still would have been tempted to cut them on the table saw. Even though you made amends to make it bullet proof, it still makes me pucker to see that big ole bit spinning.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 279 days ago

Well Alrighty then. The doors have been installed and they fit perfect. The Blumotion soft close hinges are really nice.

My wife is happy, happy.

Dry fit.

Every cabinet installer needs one of these! :-) Yeah, I lover her dearly.

Now it is on to the drawer fronts and then the drawers.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 279 days ago

Those raised panels turned out perfectly!

But your helper was the real star in all the pics. What a cutie! They are fun when they’re that age.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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jumbojack

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#7 posted 279 days ago

Mike they really do look good; are the doors going to be the same color as the face frame. You planning on painting them….hung? Love the color contrast with the walls.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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MT_Stringer

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#8 posted 279 days ago

“are the doors going to be the same color as the face frame. You planning on painting them….hung? Love the color contrast with the walls.”

Jack, I am going to take them off and spray them the same color. A friend is going to put a glaze on the whole thing when I am through. That is why I am going to make the drawer fronts next. Then they can have at it while I learn to use the dovetail jig to make the drawers (another first for me) :-)

The brick was delivered earlier this week. A friend is bringing his tile saw tomorrow so we can cut the brick as needed. Things are starting to come together. Most likely, we will order the counter top (Silstone) mid November.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Roger

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#9 posted 278 days ago

Nice job on those panels. Your helpers did a fine job as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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