003: under [garage] door shelving cabinet #5: and now, some doors

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 06-13-2009 02:47 AM 5130 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When we last left off, I was about to glue up the first cabinet door. Here it is clamped and drying:

clamped door, glue drying

Here’s a detail (the wet marks at the left are just from wiping out glue – they dried up and disappeared):

detail of rail and stile door glue-up

And because time-lapse videos are so fun, here’s the glue-up of the second door:

And now the finished doors. Well… finished gluing together. Now there’s still sanding and coats of whatever I decide to use. I’ve been thinking of dewaxed shellac with topcoat of maybe something like spar urethane, but I’m not 100% sold on it. This is how I’ve been intending them to be hung, with the darker panel regions framing in the lighter regions:

finished cabinet doors

But of course, now I had to check other alignments. Rolling these over, I get a sensation of peering through a fog-filled slot canyon, with a small, dark, foreground spire to the right. I also like having the heavy stile details in the lower right. It puts the weight at the bottom, and feels more balanced. Still, I’m not 100% sold on this orientation.

finished cabinet doors upside down

This is how the inside would look if you closed the doors on the first image above and looked at it from inside out. The boards are pretty on both sides. I like the busy nature of the rails and stiles on this side, but didn’t like the blotchy discolorations in some areas, so they became the inside. The panels are set closer to the back, so from this side, they’re closer to the fronts of the rails and stiles. I did this on purpose, as I did with the other doors I made for my storage shed. I like deep-set panels.

finished cabinet doors seen from inside, as though closed

Swapping the upside-down doors (2nd image above) left to right, to put the dark regions in the middle, I have to say I don’t like them this way. It feels like a tree or pole is in my face in the middle, blocking an otherwise lightly-colored cabinet from view. I can imagine this working sometimes, but in this case, I want the light in the middle, blooming out through the darkness.

panels upside down and position-swapped

I wanted to bevel the inner edges of the rails and stiles, as they’re a bit blocky being this deep, but didn’t trust my ability to line everything up pre-gluing, especially with no other stock like this, and no access to more of it. I had thought of clamping the rails and stiles tightly together from below with K-Body clamps, so they didn’t stick up above the top, and then using the laminate trimmer and a following bit to do the bevels. Then I’d unclamp, add in the panels, and do the glue-up again, but I decided to skip that. I just wanted to get the doors done. I often switch ideas mid-stream, and projects balloon from a few days to a few months. I was afraid to have this linger.

Now that they’re glued up, I don’t think any bearing bit will fit inside the framed sections. They’re not deep enough. Other options I’ve thought of include creating a template to fit around them and letting the bearing hit that, or chiseling for quite awhile, or inventing some kind of beveled chisel holder so I just run it along the corner, and then clean up the corners based on those new flats, sanding (a lot), or lots of scraping. It doesn’t need to be much; 1/4” would probably be fine – just something to break up that hard edge.

I think creating a pattern would be my best bet, provided I can keep from screwing it up and plunging the bit through my nice new panels. Anyone know of any very shallow router bearing setups for such work?

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 06-13-2009 04:14 AM

Whew!! Teh doors made it, the suspense was killing me ;-)) I got a small edging tool from Rockler or wood craft that cuts 1/8 on one end and 1/4 or 3/16 on the other. Doors look almost too good for the shop!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-13-2009 04:37 AM

very nice Gary

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 06-13-2009 07:31 AM

That sure is gorgeous popular!

Nice doors, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 06-14-2009 02:19 PM

Love the poplar. Very nice doors.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 05:03 PM

I’d hang these on the wall as art, the colors are beautiful.

-- Tim - Austin, TX

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