Width of pieces to edge join for doors

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Forum topic by jvallee posted 07-09-2015 07:16 PM 680 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2015 07:16 PM

I have purchased some 1” dressed lumber (soft maple) to construct 4 doors for my bathroom vanities.
The finished size of each door will be 18×18. The lumber ranges in width from 6.5 to 8.5.

I’m trying to decide whether to rip them so the pieces will be more equal in size. As it stands, a door may be 2 boards plus a few of inches from a third board and I do not think that will look right.

I know it will be more work to join them but I really want then to look right.

Any words of wisdom from the experts here?

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#1 posted 07-09-2015 09:06 PM

I’m guessing that you will stain the doors, and equal widths will look better.


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#2 posted 07-09-2015 10:21 PM

Yes, if grain matching is a necessity, then it needs to be symmetrical.

They don’t have to be the same width, you could put a full width one in between two narrower ones.

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#3 posted 07-09-2015 11:14 PM

I just did some doors on a large cabinet with figured maple and went with two widths the same and a third narrower width on the inside (where the knob went). You could put that in the center as well. I like the way it came out.

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#4 posted 07-10-2015 07:01 AM

Which reminds me why I like frame and panel doors.

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