Kitchen Island Project #3: Doors complete

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Blog entry by Jim posted 07-02-2009 07:10 AM 6127 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We worked on the cabinet doors for the kitchen island today. It was my first time using a rail and stile bit set. Took some experimenting but eventually we got them figured out and it worked nice. I’m pleased with the result. I found the secret to coping the ends of the rails was to use a coping sled on the router. It looks like this.

Coping Sled

Using Rail and Stile Bits

We were originally going to use a raised panel door but decided to go with a flat panel. It matches our current kitchen doors and we liked the very simple and clean design.

This narrow door (the one still in clamps) is for the center of the cabinet. It will hold cookie sheets, pizza pans and all those assorted large metal trays that will be nicer to store vertically instead of laying on top of each other in the bottom of a drawer under the stove.

Another view of the joint. I went with a flat panel in the centre of the door instead of a raised panel. Shari liked this look better and it saves us a lot of oak.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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Don K.

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#1 posted 07-02-2009 07:40 AM

Great looking doors Jim…I can’t wait to see the finished island. And I agree with the flat panels. While 90% of all the doors I make are raised panel….sometimes the clean looks of a flat panel door are just the ticket.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-02-2009 07:48 AM

Looking great well done

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 07-02-2009 07:51 AM

Nicely built doors.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 07-02-2009 03:36 PM

Looks like you got the door thing down rather quickly. Good job.


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#5 posted 07-02-2009 03:38 PM

Some great looking doors. Nice job asnd a new skill

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 07-02-2009 03:59 PM

I made my first door like this a few weeks ago, it was raised panel though. Once you figure out the mystery of it all and do the math so that it comes out right it’s pretty satisfying to see come together. Nice job.

I like the little tutorial thing in there too. I saw lots of these sharing tips when I made mine. I think they’re important to show that it’s not magic, just magical. Thanks for sharing.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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